Ian Beniston is a professional potter and ceramic artist with over 30 years experience. Originally from Whangamata in New Zealand, Beniston’s introduction to pottery came at the age of 17 when he answered a newspaper advertisement for ‘a strong man to wedge clay’. Preparing and wedging clay, he quickly developed his feel for the mud, spending hours watching his employer at the wheel. Beginning with simple pieces, Ian soon realised he had a passion for pottery, showing a natural affinity with the craft. Working over the next four years in New Zealand, Ian developed a deep interest in traditional oriental glazes and the work of the Japanese Master Potters. He was particularly captivated by the elusive Chinese copper red glazes. Beniston moved to Western Australia in 1986, and in 1987 established his studio and gallery 'Sensei Pots' in the Margaret River Region of WA.