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ABOVE RB11 Coloured sycamore bowl (yellow) 9.5 x 2.5cms - SOLD
  • LEFT RB8 Coloured sycamore bowl (green with silver inlay) 9.2 x 2.7cms - SOLD
  • MIDDLE RB7 Coloured sycamore bowl (blue with silver inlay) 9.7 x 2.5cms - SOLD
  • RIGHT RB6 Coloured syamore bowl (black with silver inlay) 22 x 6.5cms
  • LEFT RB10 Coloured sycamore bowl (green) 13.2 x 3cms - SOLD
  • MIDDLE RB9 Coloured sycamore bowl (red) 20 x 4.5cms - SOLD
  • RIGHT RB12 Coloured sycamore bowl (aubergine) 15.5 x 4cms

Roger Bennett

 Roger Bennett’s bowls and vessels are wonderfully distinctive; unexpectedly light, delicately coloured, sparkling with points of silver and gold. He generally chooses the paleness of sycamore, a perfect canvas for colouring with water-based woodstains.
He inlays with silver or gold, painstakingly inserting sterling silver or 18 carat gold wire into hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of individually drilled holes. The patterns created range from “controlled random” concentrations to flowing, spiralling lines.
The signature shape is like an inverted cone, with the rim flowing out gracefully from a narrow base. Some of his more recent bowls are of a more traditional concave shape that fits snugly in the hand. These are filled with dots of silver, which glow and fascinate like constellations of stars in a night sky. The pieces are finished with Danish oil, which builds up a lustrous, protective sheen.

Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (English & French) Roger began woodturning in 1992, after working for several years as a secondary school teacher.
In 1994-95, he was a participant on the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Craft & Design business Development Course in Kilkenny.

Exhibitions & Awards 2005-6

2006 Invited to exhibit in Cabinet de Curiosites, in Galerie  Embargo,Paris
Selected to exhibit in SOFA Chicago                                                                                                                                                               Selected for Origin-The London Craft Fair, at Somerset House
Turning Wood into Art, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London
Exhibited in Collectors, at The Hunt Museum, Limerick
2005 -Chelsea Craft Fair
Solo Exhibition in Leitrim Design House, Carrick-on-Shannon
Winner of 1st Prize(woodturning)and The Irish Woodturner’s Guild Award in th Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Competition
Exhibited in 00-04 Review in The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Exhibited in Forty Shades of Green, a Crafts Council of Ireland touring exhibition (Cork; Memphis,Tennessee; Vilnius, Lithuania ;Dublin ;Kilkenny)

Selected Collections

Mrs. Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
Irish Department of Foreign Affairs
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Columbus State University, Georgia


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