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Curtis Munhall Benzle

Biography to Display: 

1949Born Lakewood, Ohio


1967-1969Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan

1972BFA Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1973Graduate studies in Glass, Rochester Institute of Technology, School for the American Craftsmen, Rochester, New York

1978MA Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois


1978-1979Teaching Faculty, Sea Pines Academy, Hilton Head, South Carolina

1978-1979Teaching Faculty, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

1979-1980Teaching Faculty, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

1982-2001Faculty, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

2001-2007Chair Dimensional Studies, Columbus College of Art and Design

2007-presentProfessor Emeritus, Columbus College of Art and Design

1988-presentOwner, Benzle Porcelain Co., Hilliard, Ohio


1983, 1985, 1988Visiting Artist, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1998Visiting Artist, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York


Curtis Benzle is best known for his paper-thin vessels created using multi-colored porcelain in the Japanese technique known as Nerikomi. Nerikomi is a process in which porcelain slabs, colored with stains or oxides, are stacked, folded, pressed into logs, sliced, arranged and pressed into vessel forms. The resulting vessels are thin walled and translucent. He has also used this technique to create lighting fixtures.

In 2015 Benzle was awarded one of only four Individual Artist Fellowships in the Visual Art and Craft categories by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

The Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Canton Art Institute, Canton, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Cultural Center, Seto, Japan

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Firestone Corporation, Akron, Ohio

First Bank of Savannah, Savannah, Georgia

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kitakyushu Folk Art and Craftsman’s Village, Kitakyushu, Japan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Pepper Pike, Ohio

Museo Internazionale Delle Ceramiche, Faenze, Italy

Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Permanent Collection, Oxford, Ohio

San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas

School for the American Craftsman, Rochester, New York

Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Topeka Public Library, Topeka, Kansas

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Wellingstraat Museum, Ghent, Belgium

White House Collection of Contemporary Crafts, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas


Bibliography to Display: 

"American Ceramics." Craftarts (January/March, 1985): 37.

Armburst, Margaret.  "The Phoenix Lives." Ceramics Monthly, February 2004.

Axel, Jan, and Karen McCready. Porcelain, Traditions and New Visions. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 1981.

Benzle, Curtis. “Making Art or Making Artists.” Studio Potter 36 (Winter 2007): 41-43.

Burkett, Richard. Masters: Porcelain. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Carney, Margaret. Lithophanes. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishers, 2008.

Connell, Jo. Coloring Clay. London, England: A&C Black, 2007.

Herman, Lloyd. Art That Works. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1990.

_____________. American Porcelain, New Expressions in an Ancient Art. Portland, OR: Timber Press, l980.

Hopper, Robin. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2004.

_____________. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.

Koplos, Janet. "Curtis and Susan Benzle, Exhibitions." American Ceramics (June 1983).

Lane, Peter. Ceramic Form: Design and Decoration. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 2003.

_________. Contemporary Studio Porcelain. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

“Lithophanes; Contemporary Approach.” Ceramics Monthly, October 2007.

Lynn, Martha D. Clay Today: Contemporary Ceramists and Their Work : a Catalogue of the Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1990. 

Miller, Brian. "Caressing Light." Ceramic Review, July/August 2007.

Ostermann, Matthias. Ceramics Surface Decoration: Contemporary Approaches & Techniques. London, England: A&C Black, 2001.

Tarkasis, Kostas. “Clay in Art.” Clay Art-International, Greece, 2005. 

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E., and Julie Hale. 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2009.

Waller, Jane. Colour in Clay. Marlborough, UK: Crowood Press, 1998.

Zakin, Richard. Electric Kiln Ceramics: A Potter's Guide to Clays and Glazes. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co, 1981.

_____________Ceramics: Mastering the Craft. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001. 


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Artist's Studio: Benzle Porcelain


Typical Marks
Date: 1975
Materials: Colored Clay, Nerikomi, Porcelain
Method: Slab-Built
Dimensions: H. 5.25 x D. 7 inches
Surface Technique: Overglaze
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Hope Yampol, 2008, 2008.658.17
Photo: Metropolitan Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Hope Yampol, 2008, 2008.658.17
Photo: TMP
Growth Bowl
Date: 2009
Materials: Colored Clay, Nerikomi, Porcelain
Method: Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Overglaze
Photo: Artist
Summer Bowl
Date: 2009
Materials: Colored Clay, Nerikomi, Porcelain
Method: Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Overglaze
Photo: Artist
Mundo Dorado Bowl
Date: 2017
Materials: Colored Clay
Method: Slab-Built
Photo: Artist
September Song Bowl
Materials: Colored Clay, Nerikomi, Porcelain
Method: Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Overglaze
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified February 13, 2024.