Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Dam Sculpture Completed!

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture 2010

Similar to the last dam sculpture however there are a couple of differences. Most notably I did not include the car and there is water below as well as above the dam. Overall I think that the perspective is perhaps slightly improved.
Anyhow that's what I've been working on.

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Another Dazzling Art in a Box Piece

Ben Belknap Ceramic Rocket Car 2010
Ben Belknap Ceramic Rocket Car 2010
Ben Belknap Ceramic Rocket Car 2010
Believe it or not I had to fire this piece 3 times(in addition to the bisque firing) to get it to work. The darn rocket kept popping off during the glaze firing. Eventually I ended up using nichrome wire to hold it in place which also ended up looking rather nice. Just another example of mistakes(or mishaps) working out in the end. Join Art in a Box or give the gift of Art in a Box today.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Art in a Box in the Works

Ben Belknap

Almost done, just a few more coats.....
Coming soon to Art in a Box.... Join now and DEMAND this brilliant piece of ceramic history. Don't wait, this would make a great present or addition to your art collection. Art in a box.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Video for your further amazement!

I apologize for the poor quality of the video, however I think you will enjoy this. Stand dumbfounded as you behold the magic disappearing bikini.

Ben Belknap

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Eureka! It works!

Ben Belknap is a Genius

So something I've had in the works for some time now is finally done(though not perfected yet). I have been interested in creating a heat sensitive ceramic vessel where clothing disappears when hot liquid is introduced. Recently Karl McDade was kind enough to invite me to be in a Gravy Boat Show at Diablo Valley College which gave me the perfect opportunity to test out my new concept. This is the gravy boat that I made:

Ben Belknap is a Genius

Just add hot liquid and....

Ben Belknap is a Genius

Ben Belknap is a Genius

Unfortunately this is as transparent as it gets for now. Still rather novel if you ask me. However I intend to find a more transparent base that would give a true clear as opposed to this yellowish color. So stay tuned.
For more information on the gravy boat show visit Diablo Valley College's website here. The show runs 11/1 - 11/23 and I believe there is a closing party. The work will be sold silent auction style with a buy it now option. Also I believe you can "buy it now" over the internet if you are so inclined here(not up yet, check back).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture
Just a quick post to alert y'all that I'm going to drop off some new heads at the Professor Squirrel Shop located within the Compound Gallery. And actually Friday night their having an event within the shop. Here are the details:

"Two Events! Stowaway Card Game Launch Party and more!
Friday October 8th, at 8-10pm
Sunday, October 17th, 3-5pm

Come Get Some Booty! Pirate Party to show off Stowaway, a pirate card game by local game maker, Jonathan Curley
and to show off nautical art by local artist, Kerri Johnson
Learn to play Stowaway! Compete in a tournament! Prizes! Professor Squirrel is carrying Stowaway Card Game!

Pirate outfits highly encouraged! Prizes!
Art and decks of cards for enjoyment and purchasing.
Pirate Snacks and Libations
Arrrrrrr, mateys!"

Professor Squirrel & The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st
Oakland, CA

Normal Hours:
The Gallery is open: Thursday-Sunday 12-6

Here is another small glazed ceramic head that will be available:

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture

And here is a small ceramic hand holding a pistol also available at the shop:
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ceramic Dam #5

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture Dam
(click on images to see larger)

So I just sold this piece. It's something I have been thinking about and working on for a while now so it's pretty gratifying to have some positive feedback. Here is a small version I made when I was working out the perspective:

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture

Here is the piece in it's greenware state:

And here she is all done:

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture Dam

Here's a shot from above showing the perspective:

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture Dam

I plan on making more like this. Stay tuned......

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Art in a Box Show at the Compound

Ben Belknap ceramic sculpture

From art in a box:

"Art in a Box Exhibit and Handpick
at The Compound Gallery!
(July 10th-August 8th)

"What does this all mean? It means that all NEW and RENEWING subscribers can pick their piece right off the wall! We only offer this opportunity a couple times a year, so don't miss this!

"Work will be up from July 10th-August 8th in the Artist's Gallery. Even subscribers who are not about to expire can renew (and extend) their subscriptions and pick a piece off the wall. Check out what Art in a Box is all about! The Art in a Box Exhibit and Handpick will be in conjunction with the annual group show featuring The Compound Studio artists and 17 open studios. Too many reasons not to check this out. Better yet, stop by the opening reception on SATURDAY JULY 10th 6-9pm. There will be music, food, friends, and LOTS of Art in a Box to choose from."

So this is one of my pieces for the show. It wont last long....

Ben Belknap ceramic sculpture

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

ArtStruct Art Doors by Yorgen Quent Kvinsland

So in the past few months I have been working on some ceramic heads to be installed in a custom door made by my old college classmate Yorgen Quent Kvinsland. The name of his company is ArtStruct and you should deffinately check out his website here. Here is what he has to say there about the doors:

"A front door is a focal point of a dwelling or building – it sets the mood for the inhabitant or visitor. Yorgen Quent Kvinsland founded ArtStruct on the belief that a front door is an often underutilized blank canvas for creative expression and personal enrichment. A front door should express the owner’s personality and individualism, create a lasting impression, and “set the mood” for the entire building. "

"The identifying signature of an ArtStruct art door is the wooden end-grain grid pattern constant throughout. Also unique to ArtStruct art doors is that sections of the grid can be replaced with original artwork, either from the ArtStruct Collection or introduced by the client. ArtStruct art doors combine fine craftsmanship with artistic expression. They are one-of-a-kind works, crafted from permanent, sustainable, and recycled materials."

So he asked me to make some ceramic panels with heads on them to set in with the woodwork. It took me a good amount of time to get them all done due to super busy schedule but I finally got them all done.
Here is one of the best of the head panels.
Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture
And here is a group of several of the heads:
Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture

Monday, May 31, 2010

New Ceramic Heads for Professor Squirrel Shop

So if you haven't already heard the fantastic Compound Gallery has moved to a new and improved location. (Address and Hours-1167 65th st., Oakland, CA 94608. Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12-6.) It's only about a block away from the old one. Here is a brief description from their website:
"The COMPOUND Studios & Gallery is an artist run space that was established in 2008. In 2010, The Compound Gallery & Studios moved to a new location in Oakland, CA. The new building allows for a fuller realization of what The Compound is…an art institution without the institution…an art school, without the school. Located in the Golden Gate Gallery district of North Oakland, the new building boasts nearly 8,000 square feet and was chosen because of its location, amazing natural light, and architectural grandeur."
Needless to say it's pretty sweet. Matt and Lena have done an amazing job yet again.
Within the building just off the main gallery is their retail space- Professor Squirrel Shop. Run by the Professor as well as assistants Kerri Lee Johnson and Lena Verderano Reynoso. It looks incredible and their taste is exquisite. This is where you will find my heads. Stop by sometime....

Ben Rules

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Another drawing

Ben Rules

This is a drawing I did a while ago that I just finished shading. It was just some ideas for a website. There's another larger drawing of just mountains that would be in the background above one or more of these images. They would then be links to other pages.......

Friday, January 8, 2010

More Dam Art

Ben Belknap Ceramic Sculpture
This is the second one of these this week. I think I'll try to make the perspective even more prominent on the next one.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Work for the New Year

New Ceramic Landscape with a dam:
Ben Belknap Ceramic Landscape
Here it is in stereo-
Ben Belknap Ceramic Landscape
Here is a picture of a dam I made last year: