Benton’s Menagerie

I spent many years formally studying and exploring ceramics, but the moment I started experimenting with wool, I was hooked. It’s a lovely natural material to work with and I'm particularly drawn to its textural and sculptural qualities.

Working from my North Devon studio I mainly use a process called needle felting (also known as dry felting) to create my sculptures. Using a special needle with tiny notches that catch and bind the fibres together, I sculpt each piece individually by hand. A single piece takes several hours to make. 

My work is constantly evolving as each new piece often informs the next idea. More recently I have been incorporating more of a mixed media element into my work and have been using various vintage tins and vessels as bases. I’ve also been exploring wet felting and make wee pebble bases using this technique. And where it’s appropriate, I may add a music box mechanism to a sculpture so that it sings to you. 

I use wildlife photographs as my creative references but I don’t want to make exact replicas of birds and animals, instead, I’d say that my work is more illustrative and I hope that each sculpture tells a story. A happy story.

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Commission Work from Benton’s Menagerie

Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.

Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.

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