Roger Bennett - Inlaid Hornbeam Bowl

Inlaid Hornbeam Bowl

Sycamore wood, Argentium tarnish-resistant silver, wood dyes, Danish oil
15 cm x 6cm
2018
Photographer: Rory Moore

Roger Bennett - Inlaid Sycamore Bowl

Inlaid Sycamore Bowl

Sycamore wood, Argentium tarnish-resistant silver, wood dyes, Danish oil
16.5 cm x 6cm
2018
Photographer: Rory Moore

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 PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

Roger Bennett specialises in making very distinctive one-off bowls and vessels, usually thin-walled, inlaid with silver, and coloured with wood dyes.

“I love wood, the uniqueness of each piece, the history of the tree’s life preserved in the ring patterns and figuring. I delight in the daily interaction between maker and material, the magic of shaping, turning argument into conversation.

I dream of making a bowl as strong as an eggshell, as heavy as a whisper. Of capturing and fixing the colours which so move me – drake mallard green, oil on water, midnight in midsummer, frosty night skies.

And with silver I can indulge my love of order, impose my markings on the wood’s surface, complementing the natural flows and eddies of the grain with my precise patterns of dots.

A completed bowl should satisfy all our senses. Line and form above all else, traced by eye and hand, from rim to base and all around. The smell of wood and oil. And whenever a bowl is right, it sings…” 

Roger has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, Dublin. He is a self-taught woodturner and works from his studio in Co. 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

2019
Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
2018 
Wood Work, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford 
Small Treasures and Turned and Sculpted Wood, Wood Symphony  Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 
Spring Exhibition, Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, UK 
The Maker’s Hand, RDS, Dublin 
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