Ben Owen III Resume
- 1989-1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
- 1987-1989 Undergraduate Liberal Arts coursework, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, N.C. (Instructor in Ceramics Department)
- 1984-1987 Apprenticeship with Ben Wade Owen Jr., Ben Owen Pottery, Seagrove, NC
- 1977-1983 Apprenticeship with Ben Owen Sr., Old Plank Road Pottery, Seagrove, NC
- Travel to China to demonstrate at Sanbao Art Center, Jingdezhen, China. April 2007.
- Travel to Australia and New Zealand to study with local potters, 1999.
- IWCAT Cultural Exchange Program, Tokoname, Japan, 1995.
- Resident Potter, The Hambridge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, June 6-July 8, 1994.
- Presenter, Smithsonian Museum of Folklife, Washington, DC April 2010.
- Moderator, North Carolina Pottery Conference, Asheboro, NC. Val Cushing and Norm Shullman, A Lifetime in Clay, March 2009.
- Speaker, Mint Museum Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC, 2008, 2002, 1998, 1995.
- Keynote Speaker, Questers International Convention, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2002.
- Keynote speaker, North Carolina Art Educators Annual Conference, 2002.
- Panelist, Pyrochromatics: an International Symposium on Color, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, October 5-10, 1999.
- Jeffcoat Pottery workshop with Cynthia Bringle, February, 2010.
- Juror, National Exhibition, Franklin Square Gallery Exhibition, June 2008.
- Odyssey Ceramic Art Center, Asheville, 2007.
- Pocosin Art Center, Columbia, NC, 2002.
- Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, 2004, 2001, 1997, 1994.
- Odessey Art Center, Asheville, NC, 2001.
- Functional Ceramics 2000, Wooster, Ohio, April 2000.
- Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, July 18-30, 1999.
- Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, July 19-August 4, 1998.
- Named “North Carolina Living Treasure” by Randall Library, UNC-Wilmington, 2004.
- Personal photograph featured in 2004 edition of North Carolina state road map.
- Commissioned to make awards for the Governor’s Business Awards in the Arts and Humanities by Governor James B. Hunt, 2000.
- Outstanding Senior Award, School of Art, East Carolina University, 1993.
- Recipient, two Gold Key in Scholastic Art Awards, UNC-Greensboro, 1987.
- Influences from Nature, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC, June 2010.
- Ben Owen III, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC, August, 2007.
- A Natural Influence: New Works by Ben Owen III, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, Feb 6-May 2, 2004.
- Heritage and Innovation, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery Shows, Asheville, NC, September 2-October 30, 2004.
- Tradition and Transition, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery Shows, Asheville, NC, August 31-October 27, 2001.
- Ben Owen III, Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery, New Orleans, LA, September 11-30, 1999.
- Ben Owen III, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery Shows, Asheville, NC, August 1998.
- Ben Owen I & III, Berman Gallery, Atlanta, GA, February-March 1996.
- Built Upon Honor, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, June-December 1995.
- Ben Owen III, Potter, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, December 1994-April 1995.
- Ben Owen III, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC, 1994.
- Solo exhibition, St. Johns Museum of Art (now the Cameron Art Museum), Wilmington, NC, 1994.
- North Carolina Pottery Center, Time for Tea February-April 2011.
- North Carolina Pottery Center, Owen/Owens Pottery exhibit February-April 2010.
- National Teapot Show, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC. Jun, 2008. (Award of Excellence)
- North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, The Potter’s Eye, October 30, 2005-March 19, 2006.
- Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC, National Teapot Show VI, June 2005A Celebration of Excellence, August 1998.
- Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO, NC Pottery, September 12-October 20, 2003.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Clay, April 12–June 15, 2003.
- Traveling Exhibit, NC Clay Past & Present, March 2001- December 2002: Bank of America, Charlotte NC, Gallery of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC,
- Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
- Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC,
- North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC.
- Blue Spiral 1 Gallery Shows, Asheville, NC: Hot Ice III Teapots & Pitchers, March 1-April 20, 2002, Silver Celebration, November 1997, Hot Ice Teapot & Pitchers, August 1997, Wood Fired Pottery, September-November 1996, The Ethereal Soul, April-June, 1996Hot-Ice Teapot Show, August 1994, Clay 94, April-July, 1994.
- Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, Jugtown Area Show, 1994-2002; 1992-1993.
- Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, October 2001.
- Pinch Gallery, Northampton, MA, Teapots Transformed: The Studio Potters, June 2001
- Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt, February 11- April 8, 2001.
- Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA, Art Show, February 3-February 11, 2001.
- Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, January 13-February 11, 2001Vessels: half full/half empty, January 3-24, 199942 Artists, 42 Years, February 1997.
- Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA, Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibit, April 14-June 11, 2000; May 1993.
- Gallery of Art and Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, The New Heritage of North Carolina Pottery, April 6-June 4, 2000
- The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa, Different Stokes, September 11-December 26, 1999.
- Lil Street Gallery, Chicago IL, Serendipity: The Magic of Woodfire Ceramics, October 9-November 7, 1999.
- Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Premeditated Function: The Corsaw Collection of American Ceramics, September 24, 1998-February 4, 1999.
- Gallery WDO, Charlotte, NC, October 1998; 3 Potters, June 1997; New Visions, October 1995.
- Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Ceramic Art, February-May 1997.
- Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA, Built Upon Honor, February 1996Tokoname Ceramic Exhibition, Tokoname, Japan, August 1995.
- Cera Gallery, Tokoname, Japan, IWCAT Workshop Show, August 1995.
- NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC, New Ways for Old Jugs, June 1995.
- Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC, Craft of the Carolinas, 1994.
- Wayne Center of the Arts, Wooster, OH, Functional Ceramics, 1994.
- McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC, New Ways for Old Jugs, July 1994.
- Gibbs Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, Craft of the Carolinas, 1993.
- Arnold Palmer for his 80th birthday, 2010.
- US Flying Tiger Pilot Memorial, executive gifts for Chinese dignitaries, March 2007.
- UNC-Chapel Hill, Lifetime Achievement Award, James Taylor, 2006.
- UNC-Chapel Hill, Lifetime Achievement Award, N.C. Symphony, 2006.
- UNC-TV, gifts to North Carolina Governor, Mike Easley, 2002-2008.
- Governor’s Office of North Carolina, executive gifts for dignitaries from Japan and Sweden, 1995-1997.
- Tom Seleck, 1997.
- Elton John, 1993.
- Elizabeth Taylor, Perry Como, 1985.
- Bob Hope, 1984.
- Executive Office of U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, Christmas, 1983.
Museums and Collections
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
- Ceramics Monthly collection, Westerville, OH.
- The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX.
- Mint Museum of Art and Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC.
- New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.
- North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, Raleigh, NC.
- North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC.
- Ogden Museum of Art, Ogden, LA.
- The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Art, Alfred, NY.
- Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC.
- Boston Commons, Boston, MA
- Federal Reserve Bank offices, Charlotte, NC
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston, MA
- Randolph Hospital Cancer Center, Asheboro, NC
- The Ritz-Carlton Boston Commons, Boston, MA
- The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, White Plains, NY
- The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan
- Sun Valley Ampitheatre, Sun Valley, ID
- Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary, NC
WUNC-TV, Channel 4, PBS, Featured artist, Pottery Live 2002-2006, 2008-2011
North Carolina People, Chapel Hill, NC, 2000; NC Now, Chapel Hill, NC, 1994, 1995
PBS, Antiques Road Show, December 2003, 2007
FOX8-TV, Channel 8, In Touch, High Point, NC, 1997
WGHP-TV, Channel 8, ABC, Roy's Folks, High Point, NC, 1995
ABC, Good Morning America, New York, NY, November 16, 1995
WTVD-TV, Channel 11, ABC, Prime Time Sunday, Durham, NC, November 1994
Publications | Periodicals
- New York Times, March 10, 2010
- Southern Living Magazine, Seagrove Pottery-The Next Generation, November 2009
- Pinestraw Magazine, Pinehurst, NC, cover article, The Soul of a Potter, November 2008
- Ceramic Art & Perception (Ben Owen III), March 2008
- Ceramics Monthly, cover article (Ben Owen III Potter), November 2005, November 2004, December 1996, March 1996, September 1993
- Our State Magazine of NC, 2005, 1993
- Boston Globe, July 2005; May 29, 1994
- East, The Magazine of East Carolina University, cover article, Fall Issue, December 2004
- New York Times, Sunday, October 24, 2004; April 10, 2001
- Los Angeles Times, Sunday, June 13, 2004
- Bon Appetit Magazine, November 2003
- Washington Post, June 9, 2002; February 14, 1996
- Atlanta Journal & Constitution, April 1999; February 2 & 10, 1996; January 1, 1995; June 24, 1994
- Clay Times, November/December 1998, May 1996
- Smithsonian Magazine, October 1998
- Studio Potter, December 1997
- American Craft Magazine, April 1995
- Chicago Tribune, October 5, 1986
- USA Today, February 29, 1984
- Ben Owen III, A Natural Influence, Phyllis Blair Clark, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC, February 2004
- Grit, American Life and Traditions, November 16, 1997
- North Carolina, North Carolina public school textbook, 1998
- North Carolina Pottery: The Collection of the Mint Museums, Barbara Stone Perry, UNC Press, Chapel Hill, 2004
- The Penland Book of Ceramics: Master Classes in Ceramic Techniques, Lark Books, 2003
- The Potter’s Eye, Nancy Sweezy and Mark Hewitt, October 2005
- The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove, Charlotte Brown, 2007
- Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio, Virginia Scotchie, Lark Books, 2003
- Wheel-Thrown Ceramics, Don Davis, Lark Books, 1998
- Celebration of Seagrove Potters Festival, Seagrove, NC (Chair) 2008-2009
- American Craft Council, 1993-2011
- Community One Bank, Asheboro, NC, Advisory Board of Directors 1999-2011
- North Carolina Pottery Center, member, Board of Directors 1996-1999, 2002-2003
- Public Education Foundation for Moore County Schools, Southern Pines, NC, 2001-2003
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