Ian Beniston

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Biography

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.

Group Exhibitions

2007
Margaret River Artisans 'Artisans Exposed’ exhibition held at The Garden Art Gallery, Yallingup

Margaret River Artisans 'Artisans Exposed’ exhibition held at The Garden Art Gallery, Yallingup

2005
Margaret River Artisans ‘Spiraling between the Capes’ held at Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Margaret River Artisans ‘Spiraling between the Capes’ held at Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Awards

2003
Winner of the inaugural Bunker Bay Artisan Award

Winner of the inaugural Bunker Bay Artisan Award

2000
Queen's Exhibitor

Queen's Exhibitor

Finalist, The Bunbury Art Survey
Finalist, The Bunbury Art Survey

Residencies

1987
Artist in Residence - Tresillian Art Centre Nedlands, Western Australia

Artist in Residence - Tresillian Art Centre Nedlands, Western Australia

Artist Statement

I have always been attracted to form, movement and function - the way a curve catches the eye, the movement of rich luscious glazes. Function appeals to me. I enjoy taking everyday objects and creating something that is interesting and beautiful, be it an art piece inspired by an ancient storage vessel, or a simple tea pot to admire and use every day.