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ISOLA GLASS
ISOLA GLASS
WASHINGTON
Scott Benefield is the designer and gaffer for the production line of Isola glass. He recieved his MFA in flass from Ohio State University in 1990, following a year spent in Sweden on a Fulbright-Hays grant to study glass design with Ann Wolff. He has studied extensively with Italian glass masters both in the US and abroad, including Lino Tagliapietra, Davide Salvatore and Elio Quarisa. In 2002 he was awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America to persue unique works. He is a past president of the Glass Art Society.

About Isola Glass

"My work is created at my studio on Camano Island, Washington ("isola" means island in Italian). The wide, flat ribbon canes that I use in most of my pieces are called canne piatina, and are pulled to length and then cut and assembled to form various patters. These patterns are then fused together, picked up on the blowpipe, cased with clear glass, and worked into their final form.

My work is inspired by mid-century Italian glass design, using simple but subtle forms with little or no ornamentation. The vessels are highly pattered, using tradtional Italian cane techniques to create a vibrant interplay - a virtual plaid - of transparent colors. Although perfectly functional, most of the work is designed to stand by itself as a modern accent piece in the decor of a room.

Education

1996
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1992
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1990
MFA, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

1974
Diploma, Philips Academy, Andover, WA

Professional Experience

1997
Teaching Assistant to Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggigsberg, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1996
Founder of Isola Glass, Camano Island, WA
Secretary of Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA
Librarian, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Studio Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1995
Board of Directors, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA
Teaching Assistant to Dick Marquis & Nick Mount, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Assistant to Suzi Pleyte, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1994
Assistant to Bob Tannen, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
Studio Technician, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Selected Exhibitions

1998
Pilchuck Sea-Tac Airport Show, Seattle, WA

1997
Pilchuck Sea-Tac Airport Show, Seattle, WA
Honey I Shrunk the Art, History of the World Gallery, Part IV, Camano Island, WA

1996
Pilchuck Summer Staff Show, History of the World Gallery, Part IV, Camano Island, WA
Pilchuck Sea-Tac Airport Show, Seattle, WA
Louisiana Glass, Blue Heron Gallery, Covington, LA

1995
Emergents, Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans, LA
I've Got You Under My Skin, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Vetropolis, Delgado Gallery, New Orleans, LA
The Glorious Egg, Popps Fountain, City Park, New Orleans, LA

1994
Pilchuck, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
Wonderkammer, Rena Branston Gallery, San Fransisco, CA
The Art of Glass Multiples, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

Selected Awards

1996
Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1994
Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1992
Louisiana Purchase Award, New Orleans, LA

1991
Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1986
Fulbright Hay Grant, Sweden

Publications

1998
Portfolio, American Craft, February-March issue

1996
New Glass Review 17, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Studio Inferno, New Orleans Hot Spot, Glass Art, June

1994
New Glass Review 15, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

1987
New Glass Review 8, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY