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.