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Contact Details

Studio: The Craft Barn, Fenn’s Farm, Wetton Road, Butterton, Staffordshire, England, ST13 7ST. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1538 304604
Mobile: +44 (0)7760368169
Email:
Web-site: www.edbentley.co.uk
Joined on: 2012-08-06
Last Updated: 2014-11-03

Artist’s statement

Artist’s statement

I explore a fascination with aerodynamics and architecture via the making of hand-built abstract forms of convex, concave and flat planes of clay. Every stage of production is an improvised experiment in a quest to produce original and balanced compositions that highlight and intensify the beauty of light and shadow on surface.

My current practice incorporates a ceramic shape design and product development consultancy for the ceramic industry, craft potters and students. I also teach these skills, learned in an industrial setting over 25 years, at several universities nationally and at in-depth residential master classes (please contact me for dates, course content and prices).

My plaster model and mould making courses cover the following skills -
Basic technical drawings/sketches
Plaster Model making/carving by hand
Plaster lathe and motorised bench whirler turning
Teapot handle and spout modelling
Profiling/sledging with a metal tool
Sprig moulding
Drop-out and multi-part mould making
Moulding a found object or existing ceramic shape


All abilities are welcome to attend, from the enthusiastic beginner, to the more experienced maker who wants to develop their skills further.
- Bring your current project with you or start something new with expert guidance from me at my workshop in the picturesque Peak District.
- I also offer one day one-to-one courses at dates to suit you and a complete shape design and model/mould making service.

For more information about prices, dates and our on-site accommodation please visit - www.manifoldcraftbarn.co.uk

Courses Available

Courses Available

Technical Information

Technical Information

Hand/slab building, slip casting, shape designing, detailed technical drawing,  plaster modelling by hand (sledging/profiling, handles, spouts, sprig moulding/relief modelling), drop-out and multi-part plaster mould making, lathe and bench whirler turning. All these skills are taught on my master classes.

Qualifications and training

Qualifications and training

 2007 Project Knowhow, Iceland School for Visual Arts, Reykjavik
 2006 Project Knowhow, Estonian academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
 2003 BA (Hons) Design:Ceramics, Staffordshire University

Industrial Experience

Industrial Experience

1989 to present, Ed Bentley Design and Development, self-employed shape Designer, model maker and Product Developer for the global ceramic industry.
2012 to present, Dudson Hotelware, consultant shape designer and product developer
1987 to 1989, Richard Clamp Modelling Services, plaster modeller, block and case maker for the local ceramic industry.
1984 to 1987, J. W. Hand and Partners, Youth Training Scheme participant as a plaster model making apprentice for the local ceramic industry.

Teaching

Teaching

2012 Central Saint Martins, London, visiting plaster workshop Technical Demonstrator
2008 The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary. ‘Plaster Master’ master course on model and mould making.
2007 - 2011 Glasgow School of Art, visiting tutor in ceramics
2006 - 2010 University of Cumbria, visiting tutor in ceramics
2006 - Cardiff Metropolitan University, visiting tutor in ceramics
2005 - Staffordshire University, visiting lecturer in industrial ceramics

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo:
2006 Ed Bentley, Black swan Arts gallery, Frome, Somerset

Group Exhibitions:
2008 Sculptural Influences in Ceramics, St Joseph Galerie, Netherlands
2006 Ceramics and Glass, Harding house Gallery, Lincoln
2006 New Designers On-line, Business Design Centre, Islington London
2006 Spring Exhibition, Lund Gallery, Easingwold, Yorkshire
2005 Chelsea Crafts Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London
2004 Real Art for Real People, Coningsby Gallery, London

Residencies

Residencies

2005 - 2007 Crafts Council Next Move scheme, University of Cumbria

Press Articles

Press Articles

Ceramic Review, A Potters Day, issue 218 Mar/Apr 2006
The Big Issue, Unfettered Lines by Sarah Jane Downing, issue 705 2006

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Handbuilt
Sculptural