Benjamin has been focusing on his functional pottery line for the past few years. Specifically, more wood fired work as he continues to connect with other wood firing potters in Illinois. Most recently he has been creating his own glazes from clay he forages from various locations.
After opening his home studio space in 2012 Benjamin started making functional ware for the home. However, in 2014 and 2015 he approached sculptural ideas from graduate school with a new voice through double walled pottery vessels.
From late 2009 to mid 2011 Benjamin was in graduate school. He began his time there expanding on the carved pottery he started at Terra, creating free-standing works of clay, concrete and steel. Through drawing, inspired by the new sculptural work, Benjamin moved forward to new wall relief type sculptural work made from porcelain, resin, steel and fabrics. While making these sculptural works Benjamin also continued his work with functional pottery and began firing his work in wood kilns.
In 2005 Benjamin graduated from undergraduate school and at the time was exploring blowing hot glass into abstract clay forms. It was technically challenging but he was able to create the work after many failed attempts.
From 2006 to 2009 Benjamin was working at Terra Incognito where he was working on his wheel throwing abilities. His time ended there with an exhibition of heavily modified functional and decorative porcelain pottery.