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 Education 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 Work Experience 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 Exhibitions 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 Additional Information 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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