Thursday, October 08, 2015
Ceramics by Elizabeth Benotti
Elizabeth Benotti was born and raised in Massachusetts then headed west to study ceramics, where she received a BFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It was there with her first ceramics class that she fell in love with the material, process and the community it creates.
Upon graduation she was accepted into the Resident Artists program at the Mendocino Art Center nestled on the northern coast of California. She was able to work alongside a small group of dedicated artist who are now close friends. Currently she resides in Concord, NH where she continues to produce ceramics in her studio.
Elizabeth’s work explores the relationships between everyday objects, color, image and form. Using porcelain, she interchanges slipcasting, handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques. The objects act as a canvas for drawings that can be found on most of her work. The drawings are all inlaid into the clay using a traditional mishima process and the decorative colors are hand painted.
The home is a sacred and personal space, but sometimes we can take the importance of everyday objects for granted. It is worthy to surround ourselves with meaningful objects that are well cared for. Her work is a small part in helping to bring back an appreciation for handmade, quality goods.
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