Benefield’s current work reflects his passion for mid century Italian glass design. Italian understanding of the material has resulted in a myriad of sophisticated glass making techniques which exploit glass’ fluidity, fragility and transparency. Benefield takes these exquisite skills, decorations and forms as a starting point but pushes further by intentionally disrupting the rhythm and order of pattern to create unique, tension filled pieces that question our ideas about perfection and control.
Benefield lives and works in Northern Ireland. His pieces are represented in private collections globally and are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass, Millville, USA, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.
Artist portrait by Conor Edgell.