Ben Owen III
Ben Owen III
Ben Owen III DescriptionBen Owen III is a potter from Seagrove, North Carolina. His forefathers came to North Carolina from England as early as the late 1700s to ply their craft and furnish storage jars and other utilitarian wares for the early settlers. Ben's grandfather, master potter Ben Owen, Sr., admired early oriental pottery displayed in museums and collections and translated those works into his own style of pottery. Ben the III's work was influenced by his grandfather at an early age. He studied pottery as an apprentice with his grandfather and later at East Carolina University. Like his grandfather, Ben III's pottery reflects a foundation of traditional designs as well as oriental translations. In later years, he traveled around the US attending workshops and conferences and abroad to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and recently to China where he diversified his experience while taking advantage of an exchange program and visiting local artists.
As Ben Owen III (1968- ) grew up around the pottery, he spent many afternoons with his grandfather and grandmother Lucille Owen. When “Little Ben” turned eight years old, Ben Sr. began to share his culture in and passion for clay with his grandson. Every day after school the child and his elder would visit this building and young Ben would try his hands at making a pot on the wheel. Each day offered a different lesson in clay and deepened the bond between grandfather and grandson.
The Owen home, which now houses it’s fourth generation of Owens, is located next door to the museum. Through the years, the home has been filled numerous times over with the art of the potters who have lived inside. Some of those treasured pots are in this room today. . . pots that young Ben perceived as a challenge to recreate in the likness of his forefathers’ work.