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Ben Owen III

Biography to Display: 

1968Born Seagrove, North Carolina

EDUCATION

1977-1983Apprenticeship, with father, Ben Owen Sr., Old Plank Road Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

1987-1989Undergraduate Liberal Arts coursework, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, North Carolina

1984-1987Apprenticeship, with Ben Wade Owen Jr., Ben Owen Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina

1993BFA, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

 

 

Ben Owen III is known for wheel-thrown stoneware earthenware or porcelain functional pottery meant both for everyday use and cabinet display.

The pottery reflects his interest in traditional North Carolina wares as well as classic Asian vessels forms.  He is known for his use of glazes which are aesthetically appropriate to the clay body and enhance the form. At times he fires an entire kiln with all pieces having the same glaze. He has developed unique crystalline matt glazes.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, California

Ceramics Monthly collection, Westerville, Ohio

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina

Ogden Museum of Art, Ogden, Louisiana

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Brown, Charlotte. The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove. Ashville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Clark, Phyllis Blair. Ben Owen III, A Natural Influence. Wilmington, NC: Louise Cameron Wells Art Museum, 2004.

Davis, Don. Wheel-Thrown Ceramics. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.

Lark Books. The Penland Book of Ceramics: Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2003.

Perry, Barbara Stone. North Carolina Pottery: The Collection of the Mint Museums. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Sweezy, Nancy and Mark Hewitt. The Potter’s Eye, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

 

 

 

 

Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
1995
ca 2006
2006
2007
ca 2015
Red Vase
Date: 1995
Materials: Brick Clay
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2016.24.83, gift of Gary and Sandra Gordon
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2016.24.83, gift of Gary and Sandra Gordon
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: 2006
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Carved Bottle
Date: ca 2006
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Melon Vase
Date: 2007
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: The Permanent Collection of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Bottle
Date: ca 2015
Form: Bottle
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Crystalline Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 13, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/owen-iii