David Bennett

David Bennett, born in The Dalles, Oregon, 1941, has an impressive background. He was a Captain in the United States Army from 1966-70. From there he became a lawyer from 1970-95. In 1991, Bennett established glass studio Bennett Glass, Inc. He was on the Board of Trustees, Pilchuck Glass School 1994-present. Then from 1998 to 99, he was President of Pilchuck Glass School.

Selected Collections David Bennett is included in includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cincinnati Art Museum; Daiichi Museum, Nagoya, Japan and the Museo del Vidro, Monterey in Mexico.

 

Bennett has been included in the following publications: Southwest Art Magazine, July, 2000, “Artists to Watch”, page 20; Vetro Glass Magazine, September, 2000, “Glass at SOFA New York”, page 49; Craft Arts International, October 2001, “The Spirit of Equus”, pages 70-2.; Vetro Magazine (cover), June 2002, “Left Brain Right Brain”, Venice, Italy; Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2003, Number one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Visit SOFA”

“Artisans have been blowing glass into metal forms for two thousand years. We are pushing the technique. We can make complex forms in glass and bronze that we could not do in either medium alone. As we’ve stretched the technical processes of blowing glass into metal, I’ve had more and more artistic freedom. Our figures can be lighter and wilder in their motions, and we’ve become able to manipulate the glass around its armatures in increasingly playful ways.

As this happened a new quality arose in my work: it has become more fluid. I think these new figures have the effect of not only capturing the dancers’ motion, but of infusing them with the motion of the glass. It is liquid and shimmering. The metal structures—rigid and formal in a way that glass alone can’t be—literally allow us to build a cage that holds glass shooting through the air. And the glass animates these formal structures with its fluidity: It’s like a photograph of water frozen for a second in the air. It’s an effect that I don’t think one could capture with any other medium.” – David Bennett

 

 

David Bennett, born in The Dalles, Oregon, 1941, has an impressive background. He was a Captain in the United States Army from 1966-70. From there he became a lawyer from 1970-95. In 1991, Bennett established glass studio Bennett Glass, Inc. He was on the Board of Trustees, Pilchuck Glass School 1994-present. Then from 1998 to 99, he was President of Pilchuck Glass School.

Selected Collections David Bennett is included in includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cincinnati Art Museum; Daiichi Museum, Nagoya, Japan and the Museo del Vidro, Monterey in Mexico.

 

Bennett has been included in the following publications: Southwest Art Magazine, July, 2000, “Artists to Watch”, page 20; Vetro Glass Magazine, September, 2000, “Glass at SOFA New York”, page 49; Craft Arts International, October 2001, “The Spirit of Equus”, pages 70-2.; Vetro Magazine (cover), June 2002, “Left Brain Right Brain”, Venice, Italy; Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2003, Number one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Visit SOFA”

“Artisans have been blowing glass into metal forms for two thousand years. We are pushing the technique. We can make complex forms in glass and bronze that we could not do in either medium alone. As we’ve stretched the technical processes of blowing glass into metal, I’ve had more and more artistic freedom. Our figures can be lighter and wilder in their motions, and we’ve become able to manipulate the glass around its armatures in increasingly playful ways.

As this happened a new quality arose in my work: it has become more fluid. I think these new figures have the effect of not only capturing the dancers’ motion, but of infusing them with the motion of the glass. It is liquid and shimmering. The metal structures—rigid and formal in a way that glass alone can’t be—literally allow us to build a cage that holds glass shooting through the air. And the glass animates these formal structures with its fluidity: It’s like a photograph of water frozen for a second in the air. It’s an effect that I don’t think one could capture with any other medium.” – David Bennett

 

 

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