Functional handmade ceramics for practical everday use.

Every day I go into my home studio and sit down at my kick wheel. I pull out a lump of clay and begin. There are no molds or mass production shortcuts. I make and decorate each piece by hand, using several techniques including stamping, silk screening and dipping in slips. I sometimes go searching for locally sourced clay to create clay slips that can be applied to the pieces. This locally dug clay melts at high temperatures creating exciting unique colors and surfaces. Next, I bisque fire the work to give it strength for the glazing process. The glazes are applied piece by piece by dipping, spraying and brushing. Each piece gets multiple glaze colors. I research and mix my own glaze pallet. Then comes the final glaze firing at a higher temperature than the bisque firing. I fire to cone 10 (2350°F) or higher in either in a gas kiln or wood-fired kiln. The wood kiln is fired for over 16 hours to create a fire hot enough to melt the wood ash that is deposited on the pots into a glassy surface. Firing at these high temperatures makes the piece food safe and strong enough to go in both the dishwasher and microwave. Finally, I carefully check each piece for imperfections, sand down the foot smooth and choose only the best for you. It is quite a journey from clay to kiln but when completed, each piece is ready to begin a new journey as a functional piece of art in your life.

Art fair dates.

Click the link below to view a full list of Art fairs with maps where you can purchase Buchenot Ceramics directly from Benjamin, or continue to scroll down to learn more.


Buchenot Ceramics are made from high quality stoneware and porcelain clays, ready for the dishwasher, microwave and oven. It is all high fired to cone 10 (2350°F) and higher in either a gas-redustion kiln or wood kiln. When clay is fired to extremely high temperatures, it becomes vitrified which means that the clay particles are changed into a glass-like surface in a process called glassification. The strength of fired clay comes partly from this glassification process but also from the formation of new crystalline structures within the body. These crystals grow when subjected to high temperatures and become into glassy matrices giving the clay body strength.

Buchenot Ceramics on Etsy

I have a small selection of choice wood fired ceramics available only through my Etsy shop. These pieces are hand picked as my favorites from the kiln. My sculptural ceramics will also be available through the Etsy shop on occasion also. All items have shipping included to the continental United States. Every item is carefully packaged to assure a safe delivery.


Benjamin teaches classes in the Chicagoland area. His pottery classes are eight weeks long and cover the basics of making pottery at the wheel. The pottery classes are available in Oak Park and LaGrange Park. He also teaches a class on firing the wood kiln at the College of DuPage. This intese five week course has experienced potters firing the kiln twice.

More information

Benjamin's Full curriculum vitae is available to view as a pdf.


Clay has the ability to capture motion and feeling, then set in into stone through the firing process. Using this expressive material Benjamin has been exploring qustions through his sculptural works. He has created several sculptural pieces that address these problems. Benjamin combines many mediums with clay to manipulte light, shadow, form and surface. When the sculptural work is on display information can be found here about where to see it.

Sculpture gallery

The sculpture gallery is coming soon.

There are no happier people on this planet than those who decide that they want something, define what they want, get hold of the feeling of it even before it's manifestation and then joyously watch the unfolding as, piece by piece by piece, it begins to unfold. That's the feeling of your hands in the clay.


Path to clay

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.

Full site coming early 2016

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