We've seen a lot of furniture designers in our Meet the Maker series lately, so it's nice to take a look at the work of ceramicist Ben Medansky. Having worked with other artists, like The Haas Brothers and Kelly Lamb, Ben is now focusing on his own pieces, which range from sculptural to functional.
Name/Location: Ben Medansky/Glassell Park, Los Angeles
Where did you grow up? Scottsdale, AZ
Where did you study/train? The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
What was the first thing you made and sold? I used to apprentice for a glass blower and was commissioned to make 500 paperweights.
Who is your design idol? I have always looked up to Peter Shire and the Memphis school. Their constant play with design vs. art and function vs. non function has led the way for this new generation of makers who believe in creating unique objects that don't need definition. I was lucky enough to work with Peter last summer in his studio and learned a lot about being an artist/designer, most importantly not to lose track of what makes you happy.
(Images: Ben Medansky and Shahana Khan)