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Maryan Benkowski


Thrown stoneware
1.25"x 6.25"

Artist Statement

The need to create and build with my hands coupled with detailed exploration of form are the components that keep me working. My fondness for clay, an interest in utility and methodical problem solving are driving forces in my work. A prior interest and education in plant biology trained me to see a problem, isolate it and resolve it, one step at a time. As a result, I enjoy resolving visual and functional questions within a series. Since each formal consideration effects the other characteristics of the whole piece, this may lead to an entirely new set of problems. Thus, my work and concern involves a continuous cycle of adjustment, change and innovation.


Maryan C. Benkowski
920 E. Eleventh
Erie, PA 16503
(814) 456-7475

        Present       Edinboro University of PA, Edinboro, PA
                        Master of Fine Arts candidate in Ceramics

        Summer 1994   Arrowmont Workshop with Jeff Oestreich and Linda Arbuckle

        Summer 1993   Arrowmont Workshop with Lee Rexrode

        1993          Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
                        Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Plant Biology

        1994          Wesley Glen Retirement Center, Columbus, OH
                        Craft Coordinator for independent living

        1990-1991     MCB Glass Works, Columbus, OH
                        Designed and sold stainglass artwork

        1983-1991     Worthington Parks & Recreation, Worthington, OH
                        Class Instructor for all age groups             

        1995          "Virtual Ceramics Exhibition", Art Source, 
                        World Wide Web, Internet
        1994          "Westminster Invitational", Westminster College, 
                        New Wilmington, PA
        1993          "Just the Beginning", Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
                        BFA Exhibit
        1992          "SLIP Undergraduate Show", Columbus OH
                        Juried by Jeff Oestreich
        1994-1995     Vice President of Clay Club, Edinboro University of PA
        1992          Member of Ohio Designer Craftsman
                      President of Student League of Independent Potters, 
                        Ohio State University
                      Attended Utilitarian Clay Conference, Gatlinburg, TN
        1990-1992     Member of Wexner Center for the Arts Student Organization
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