[su_row][su_column size=”1/2″]Jerry Bennett is a key figure in what he terms the exploding field of paper clay. He works uniquely, combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements of both paper porcelain and normal clay bodies. His work is in many galleries and museums throughout the world. Bennett is a resident artist at the Philadelphia Clay Studio, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975. Bennett has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the United States. In 2005, he was an honored guest at the first International Paper Clay Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. In 2012 he was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. He is currently an active studio artist in Philadelphia, teaches locally, and runs the Two Rivers Studio.[/su_column]
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Jerry Bennett
Jerry Bennett




Master of Fine Arts, (Ceramics) Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1975
Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Ceramics) Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1973

Work Experience

Abington Art Center, Abington, PA 2015- Present
Holy Family University, Instructor in Ceramics and 3-D Design, fall 2002-April 2013
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, N.J. 2002-2004
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Handbuilding, 2001-2009
College teaching, Yankton College, Yankton, South Dakota, Ceramics, Drawing, Elementary Education, 3-D Design 1975 through 1977
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Instructor, Ceramics, Elementary Education Art, Student Teacher Instruction and Supervision. (Fellowship) 1973-1975


Independence Foundation, Fellowship in the Arts, 2004
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Futures Project, Teaching 2004

Workshops Presented

Paper Clay workshop, Goggle Works, Reading PA, 2015
Paper Clay Symposium, Harvard University, Boston 2015
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Paper Clay 2013
Symposium leader, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, September 2012, Porcelain Paper Clay with Rosetta Gault
Ceramics League of Miami, Paper Clay, 2009
International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary May 2005, Porcelain Paper and Print, Meeting the Masters Program with Charles Kraft and Jerry Bennett
International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Kecskemet, Hungary 2005, Publication Photo
International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary August 2004, Presentation to the National Hungarian Potters Association
Montgomery County Community College, Paper Clay” November 2004
Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, N.J. “Paper Clay” March 2003
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA “Paper Clay”, April 2002, June 2002, July 2002, Feb 2003 March 2004, March 2005
Cheltenham Center, Cheltenham PA, “Paper Clay” January 2003
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, “Paper clay” October 2001
Heiting School, Puerto Rico at San Juan, “Paper Clay” October 2001
Hands On Clay, Long Island New York, “Paper clay”, Porcelain May 2001, August 2001


PaperClay, by Rosette Gault, Photo 2004
International Ceramic Studio, Collection Publication, Photo, 2004
Ceramics Monthly, January 2004, The Clay Studio Resident Artists, Photo
Clay Times, Craft Forms show review, Wayne PA, Photo, April 2002


The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Resident Artist, 2001-2006
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Associate Artist, 1995 to 2001
Residency at the International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard Denmark 2007
Residency at the Banff Center, Ceramics, Alberta Canada, August 2006
Jerry Bennett and Charles Craft, “Meeting the Masters” 2005 at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, teaching international group of ceramic students.
Residency at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary. First International Paper Clay Symposium 2004
Residency at the Banff Center, Ceramics, Banff Alberta Canada, August-September 2002

Recent Shows

Museum of Applied Art, Budapest Hungary, Art from the Cloister of Clay, 5-17-13 through 2-9-14
Porcelain Museum of Herend, Herend Hungary, “Mysterious White Gold”, March 2011
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, “Jerry Bennett and Bean Finneran: “Pushing the Limits” Sheboygan, WI June-September 2005
International Ceramic Studio, Kesckmet, Hungary, collection purchase 2004-05
“Paper Clay” First International Paper Clay Symposium, International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, 2005
The Clay Studio, solo show, Paper Clay, Harrison Gallery, 2004
“The Function of Decoration” solo show, Hoyt Institute of Art, New Castle, PA
“Divergence: Contrasting Views in Clay”, Harrisburg Area Community College, Oct 2003
“SOFA” The Clay Studio Presentation, Past and Present Resident Artists” Oct. 2003
“Origins in Clay” San Antonio Potters Guild, Ingram, Texas 2003, Jurors Award
“Crafts USA 2002”, Silvermine Guild galleries, New Canaan, Ct, November 2002
“International Ceramic Exhibition – A World of Clay”, Galeria de la Escuela de Artes Plasticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 2002
Clay Studio Presentation, “Past and Present Resident Artists” Oct. 2003
“Origins in Clay 3, San Antonio Potters Guild, Ingram, Texas, 2003 (Juror Award)
“Crafts USA 2002”, Silvermine Guild galleries, New Canaan, Ct, November 2002
“Philadelphia Clay Studio Residents Show”, Weaton Village, NJ, 2002
“Solo in the Niche”, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
Banff, Alberta Canada, Purchase for center permanent collection, 2002
Banff, Alberta Canada, The Other Gallery, “Recent Work, Journey in Clay” 2002
Craft Forms 2001, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA, 2002
Crafts National 36, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, PA, 2002
Westworks 2001, Robert A. Peck Arts Center, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY.
St. Joseph’s University Gallery, “Septet-Seven Artists Seven Styles”, Lower Marion, PA.
The Clay Studio, “Transitions” Group Show of Resident Artists, 2001.
Hoyt National – 2001
The Steamboat Fine Craft Exhibit, 2001
Ohr Juried National Exhibition, Biloxi, MS – 2001
Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita National-2001
South Cobb Arts Alliance, National Juried Art Exhibition, Purchase Award-2001
Peck Gallery, 5th Element, Providence, RI- 2001
University of Texas, Origins of Clay II, San Antonio, TX, 2001, Jurors Award
Esmay Fine Art Museum, “Porcelain 2001”, Rochester, NY, 2001
The Steamboat Fine Craft Exhibit, 2000
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Associate Show, 2000, 2001
Southport Arts Council, “National Exhibition”, Southport, NC, 2000
Greater Harrisburg Arts Council, Harrisburg, PA, 33rd Annual Exhibition, Second Place Prize, 2000
University of Missouri, Warrensburg, Mo, “National Juried Exhibition” 2000