‘Tidepool 3’


These blown glass pieces were made using cane techniques that were first developed in 16th century Venice, which fuses together separate elements to form the wall of a vessel.

The imagery employed is inspired by the tide pools that dot the north Antrim coast where Scott’s studio is located. Various aquatic plants and mollusks can be seen through the watery shallows left at low tides, which has some correspondence in the depths of clear glass that case the patterned elements of the composition. It is more impressionistic than naturalistic, with the saturated transparent hues evoking rather than mimicking the life of the sea.


With this body of work, Scott Benefield won one of this year’s exhibition Highly Commended Makers prizes.

Artist Bio

Scott Benefield received his MA from Ohio State University in 1990 and operated glassblowing studios in the US until relocating to the UK in 2009. He has been a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America and an artist-in-residence at the Toledo Museum of Art, the National College of Art & Design (Dublin), North Lands Creative Glass, Vrij Glas, Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. In 2011 Scott was given the Lifetime Membership Award from the Glass Art Society and in 2013 he was a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) recipient. His work is held in several collections, including the Tacoma Museum of Glass, the National Glass Centre, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, North Lands Creative Glass and the Sir Elton John Collection. He currently work full-time as a glassblower at his studio on the north Antrim coast of Ireland.