Suzan Benzle | Tuxedo Junction
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist|
Suzan Scianamblo [sha-NAM-bloh] Benzle [BEN-zlee] owns the jewlery design firm Benzle Signature Collection, and was previously involved with her former husband Curtis Benzle in Applied Arts and Benzle Porcelain Company. She has taught at the Arrowmont School of Craft in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the Columbus College of Art and Design and at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb--where he was awarded her MFA in 1979. She's received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.
Suzan Benzle's works are in the permanent collections of the Museo Internazionale Della Ceramiche, in Faenze, Italy and the Everson Museum, in Syracuse, NY.
For many years, I have investigated the grid as a foundation for woven structures, surface designs and basketry constructions. I explored different materials such as grass, bark, flax, hemp, fine cotton and various others to create this interaction between overlaying and underlying dynamics. Particulary in porcelain, the intrigue with the work grows as multiple layers of thin, wet, inlaid colored patterns are stacked and fired at 2400 degrees. The passage of light through these eggshell-like walls creates a translucent environment in full color that gives the illusion of transcendence of time and space. The mystery of the earth reveals itself in my use of clay and porcelain as they occur similar to the formation of our world in numerous strata. The a priori cold and lifeless mass of these materials is transformed into delicate environments flooded with light and its immanent energy.
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|Curtis Benzle||Sonja Blomdahl|