Roger Bennett I75B2030

Blue Cherry Bowl and Green Sycamore Bowl

Wood and silver, 14.5 x 2.5cm(blue), 11 x 6.5cm(green)
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Blue Cherry Bowl

Wood and silver, 14.5 x 2.5cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Green Sycamore Bowl

Wood and silver, 11 x 6.5cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Sycamore Bowl

Sycamore, brillante silver and water-based wood dyes, 6.5 x 14cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Walnut Bowl

Walnut, brillante silver and water-based wood dyes, 6 x 21cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Walnut Bowl

Walnut, brillante silver and water-based wood dyes, 6x21cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Sycamore Bowl

Sycamore, brilliante silver, water-based woodstains
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Sycamore Bowl

Sycamore, brilliante silver, water-based woodstains
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Sycamore Bowl

Sycamore, brilliante silver, water-based woodstains
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Sycamore Bowl

Sycamore, brilliante silver, water-based woodstains
Photographer, Rory Moore

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Roger Bennett

Selected for Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2015-2016.
  • My bowls are usually thin-walled and light. I give them small bases, so that they can seem to be floating, or kissing the surface beneath them. I inlay with dots of silver, tarnish-resistant Argentium. I drill hundreds of little holes into the wood, and carefully glue in short lengths of wire, holding each piece tightly in a pair of pliers. The protruding bits are snipped off, and I sand the metal flush with the wood. I draw many of my designs on computer with vector graphics software, then print out the templates. I like patterns which have an organic relationship with the shape of the bowl: for example, lines which arc from the centre to the rim as if they have been curved by the spinning bowl’s centrifugal motion. I love spirals, the latent energy of a coiled spring contained within the bowl. 
  • I colour my pieces with water-based wood dyes, and finish with Danish oil. These dyes work with the wood, highlighting and enhancing the natural figuring and grain patterns.
  • Woodturning is very physical, but it can also be intensely spiritual. It is almost beyond words, the thrilling sensation of holding, touching, and caressing a bowl which is right…

 

Bennett is a self-taught woodturner based in Dublin. He has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, Dublin.

Collections

Columbus State University, Georgia, USA
Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Dublin Airport Authority
Fuller Craft Museum, Massachusetts, USA
Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA
Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
Office of Public Works, Ireland
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally


Selected Awards

2016
Established Maker Award, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
2012  
Crafts Council Purchase Award, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2011
Roger Bennett: Fine Wood Vessels, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016    
Up Front, Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds
Focus on Wood, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry
2015  
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Basketry & Woodturning, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
Greenacres Opera Festival Exhibition, Wexford
2014  
Is it wood?, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
Bravura, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
2013   
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2012
My Place, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Vessels, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry
Craftboston, USA (also 2011, 2010 and 2008)
2011
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2011-2007
Small Treasures
, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2010
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Kenny Gallery, Galway; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2010-2006
SOFA Chicago, USA
2009
Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon, UK
2009-2006  
Turning Wood into Art 2009, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, UK
2008 
Gifted, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford

 

Contact Details:

Roger Bennett
Kenilworth Park
Dublin 6W

T. +353 (0)149 22224
E. parkbenn@gmail.com
www.rogerbennettwoodturner.com