Inspired by his pottery teacher at school in York, Ben studied Art at Foundation Level before taking a degree in Geology and training as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music. He returned to pottery in his late 30’s. Working from home, he started making unglazed coil pots using coloured and textured clays, employing burnishing techniques and occasionally smoke firing. Ben’s current work explores textures and pattern inspired by geology and landscape. He uses a variety of hand-building techniques to produce vessels which he then sands and polishes to achieve smooth tactile surfaces.