Visiting Artist Demonstration with Ben Owen III


Thursday, February 1, 2018, 1:00pm to 6:00pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by: Harvard CeramicsBen Owen III

Join us in welcoming master potter Ben Owen III for a half-day demonstration of his throwing process and lecture on his work and his role within the lineage of makers from Seagrove, North Carolina. Born into a traditional pottery family, he was first introduced to clay by his grandfather when he was eight years old. Ben’s natural talent and unusual level of interest led to an apprenticeship with his grandfather and father at age 13. Through high school, he carefully studied the shapes, glazes, and traditions of the Owen aesthetic and learned to appreciate the history and legacy of generations of craft. This event, in part, celebrates the exhibition of his work at Pucker Gallery.

Demonstration: 1:00-4:00 pm
Slide lecture: 5:00-6:00 pm

This event is free to Harvard Undergraduates and Graduate students. For adults enrolled in a Spring course at Harvard Ceramics Program, the fee for this workshop is $20. For those not enrolled in a course for the Spring term, the fee for this course is $50. Download a registration form here. For questions regarding the event, email Kathy King, Director of Education at

Artist Biography:Ben Owen III

Ben Owen III (b. 1968) is an American studio potter working in Seagrove, North Carolina. Owen’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Southern Living, Ceramics Monthly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and USA today. Greatly respected in North Carolina, Owen has also exhibited all over the United States, and his work can be found in numerous collections including the Smithsonian Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2004, the artist was named a North Carolina Living Treasure and inducted into the North Carolina Society.

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