Espresso Cup and Saucer

Espresso Cup and Saucer
Curtis Benzle
Born 1949
Acquisition Number: 2016.11
Medium: Neriage clay
Size: 3” x 2” x 2½” - cup 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” x ¾” - saucer
Date: 1995

Curtis Benzle received his B.F.A. from the Ohio State University in 1972 and his MA from Northern Illinois University in 1978. After retiring as a Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Benzle moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where his studio is now located. When he creates a piece, he aims, in his words, “to give form to feeling.” The shapes, patterns, and colors chosen for his pieces convey their own statements. As visible in "Espresso Cup and Saucer," Benzle has a fascination with patterns inspired by nature. The look of "Espresso Cup and Saucer" was achieved using the Neriage process, where different colored clays are layered together and then thrown on a wheel. Curtis Benzle is represented in museums and collections around the world including the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the White House Collection. He is known for creating translucent, porcelain sculptural vessels that play with the element of light.