Public invited to ceramics event at CCC Feb. 17


Utah-based pottery artist Joseph Bennion will visit CCC's Lone Tree Campus on Friday, Feb. 17, for a free demonstration.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The aroma of wet clay hangs in the air in the Coconino Community College Ceramics Room as the Fine Arts Department and Clay Club prepare for an event that will feature Utah-based potter Joseph Bennion.


Bennion, from Spring City, Utah, will be coming to CCC as a guest to make a presentation and offer demonstrations. The event is sponsored by the CCC Clay Club and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. The event is free and open to the public, and CCC faculty members encourage students and local residents to come learn about pottery and gather new inspiration from a veteran of the craft.


Bennion is a distinguished pottery artist whose education includes Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Master’s of Fine Arts degrees from Brigham Young University. His work has been exhibited in countless different places throughout the 1990s. He has been showcased in many different pottery competitions over the years, such as the NCECA Clay National and the Clay Cup, both annual events that Bennion has attended multiple times. He has also received different awards and has been recognized by many organizations for his work in pottery.


As an instructor, Bennion has held lectures and workshops throughout the United States as well as around the world. Various museums and universities from New York, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Utah all own collections of his work. Northern Arizona University even has a small collection of his work. Attendees to this event at CCC might be familiar with his work or have seen his art showcased at NAU.


Bennion owns Horseshoe Mountain Pottery with his wife in the small farming town of Spring City. Currently, Bennion finds inspiration in the beauties of family and household. He focuses his work mostly on utilitarian pottery that would find itself at home on the family dinner table. His hopes are that his work promotes family strength among his supporters. He deals in local, fair trade and enjoys his supporters visiting and purchasing direct from his studio.


The all-day event has been sponsored by the CCC Clay Club and planning has been coordinated by Ceramics Instructor Don Fethkenher. Fethkenher said he is especially excited to see Bennion’s demonstrations. He added that Bennion’s art is “very lively and simple” and that all of his pots are “functional” in some way.


Fethkenher also said that a reason he chose Joseph Bennion for this event is because he has managed to “completely make his living through the sale of pottery,” which is a difficult feat of any aspiring artist hoping to make a living. Bennion’s success as a seller of his own work is something that will provide insight to aspiring artists with similar visions.


This event will take place in the Ceramics Room at the CCC Lone Tree Campus, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, in Flagstaff. Pizza and refreshments will be provided at noon.

-- Alec Bodemer

Wednesday, 8th February 2017

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  • Wednesday, 8th February 2017