Buchenot Ceramics is everyday functional and decorative ceramics for the home and kitchen, handmade by artisan Benjamin Buchenot in Aurora, IL.
We are excited to welcome Benjamin of Buchenot Ceramics to the Chicago Artisan Market on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 10am-4pm at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St.), where he will join 110+ top artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
The ware is fired to cone 10 (2350°F) or higher in either in a gas reduction kiln or wood-fired kiln. Firing at these high temperatures makes the work food safe and strong enough to go in the dishwasher, microwave and oven. (The only exceptions are the Raku fired ware and a few select planters that are not dishwasher, microwave or oven safe.)
Buchenot Ceramics uses all food-safe glazes on the eating surfaces, and all glazes are lead free. All pieces are either formed by hand or on the potter’s wheel, and they are meant to be enjoyed, used and loved.
The clay used to fashion Buchenot Ceramics is carefully selected by Benjamin himself, with only the finest and highest quality chosen. With his experience and expertise, he understands that the clay used it vital to the end product, and he carefully curates the raw material used.
To make his work, Buchenot approaches it with the learned skill from years of practice, a clear sense of the finished aesthetic and a willingness to intuit new avenues along the way. The craft of shaping the clay for everyday use is also an important factor as he creates each piece of work – from the way the handle feels, how it feels to sip from the mug and the way it will fit in you home.
About Benjamin Buchenot:
Benjamin’s career as a maker was rooted in high school when he found clay, and it was in a college ceramics classes where he met clay artists and learned their stories that his interest and love grew. Benjamin yearned for a more tactile medium to express his need to create and was lured into the life of clay.
Benjamin works out of his home studio, teaches at private clay studios and he runs the wood firing and alternative kilns classes at local community colleges.