Buchenot ceramics are available at several art fairs throughout the Chicagoland area and also the online marketplace Etsy.More information
Benjamin teaches classes throughout the Chicago suburbs. Most classes are eight weeks long and cover the basics of making pottery at the wheel.More information
Benjamin creates sculptural pieces using clay, glass, fabric and other materials. These complex pieces explore a variety of themes.More information
The following is a complete list of all the Art fairs in the remainder of 2015 where Buchenot Ceramics will have a booth. Any new dates will be added to this list.
15th & 16th - 41st Annual Oak Park Ave. and Lake St. Arts & Crafts Show - Scoville Park - 800 W. Lake St. - Oak Park, IL
22th & 23th - Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts - Maryknoll Park - 845 Pershing Ave. - Glen Ellyn, IL
12th & 13th - Festival of the Vine - Downtown Geneva on Campbell St. - Geneva, IL
26th & 27th - 10th Annual Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure - Univ. of Chicago's Hyde Park Shopping Center - 1526 E 55th - Chicago, IL
12th & 13th - Festival Of Arts & Crafts - Harper College - 1200 W Algonquin Rd. - Palatine, IL
Art has been a focus in Ben's life since he first began drawing in elementary school. He explored many different media in high school until 1998 when he first sat down at a potter's wheel. As his fingers coaxed shapes out of lumps of clay, he began a journey to learn all he could about clay. He then went to a small fine arts college where he had the freedom to spend long hours in the clay studio creating pieces while completing a liberal arts education that included traveling to China and Japan, attending clay seminars, visiting with artists,and exploring the connections between art, literature, science and history. In 2001, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and Computer Science and was recognized as the outstanding major in Studio Art in his graduating class. After working and teaching for three years at a local clay studio, Benjamin decided he needed to spend more time exploring and expanding his creative base.
He decided to pursue a graduate degree at Marywood University where he was able to explore mixing media to create larger scale sculpture as well as delve more deeply into the technical aspects of ceramics including glaze and clay chemistry, firing methods and various fabrication techniques. He also continued to teach others providing an additional way to refine his knowledge of clay. Also, while at Marywood Benjamin became part of the area's wood firing community firing several types of wood kilns over the two year period. He earned his Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in clay from Marywood University in 2011. He was awarded the Ella T. Ruane Medal for excellence in Art at graduation. After graduation, Ben began living what he considers to be “the dream”. He spends every day creating new clay pieces as well as teaching others to create. He works in his at-home studio and at the several art studios where he teaches. He is pleased to be teaching both at private studios and area colleges because he finds working with others to be a constant stimulus for creativity. For example, twice a year he leads an intensive class in wood firing.
In the class several students band together to load hundreds of pieces into the kiln, gather and chop the several cords of wood to fuel the kiln and finally fire the for kiln over 16 hours to reach temperatures of 2300°F and higher. The experience of firing the wood kiln several time a year has led Benjamin to explore ideas like using dug clays from river beds and unusual locations as a glaze and adding other things to the clay such as beach sand and chicken grit. Selling functional ware at art shows has also stimulated Benjamin to explore new functional ware, creating garlic grinders, berry bowls, shave mugs, coffee carafes and other unique functional pieces that allow art to become a part of everyday life. Benjamin most recently began to work on creating double-walled pieces that feature an inside pot surrounded by a second piece with cutouts that allow glimpses to the interior. These complex, time consuming, sculptural pieces have sparked an intense interest into double walled insulated ware. Benjamin's next challenge is to discover a way to make the double walled ware more efficiently so that they can be incorporated into his functional ware.