Scott Benefield draws inspiration from traditional Venetian techniques. For the past eight years, he has traveled internationally demonstrating and teaching how to generate pattern in blown glass using cane and murrine. His work is in the collections of the Museum of American Glass in Millville, New Jersey, North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, and the Sir Elton John Collection in London, England. Benefield has been awarded multiple commissions including an architectural glass installation for the Skainos Project, East Belfast Mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Glass Art Society 30th Anniversary Commemorative Murrini commission. He served on the board of the Glass Art Society in 1995, and was president from 2000 to 2001.
The strategy for innovatively using cane says Benefiled, “involves a grounding in the historical use of cane, from its origins in 16th century Venice up to classic mid-century design, and continuing to the work of contemporary practitioners in the studio glass movement.” Stripping away color and focusing on simple forms, his objects clearly present the subtle variations of his highly complex cane and murrine patterns.
Benefield plans to use his May 2013 Residency at The Studio to create work and complete research in preparation for self-publishing a book containing photographs and essays on the use of cane and decoration in contemporary craft.
Says Benefield, “That connection to past practice and to the heritage of glass is important to me, as I seek to create original expressions in glass that will add to that conversation.”