Archived work and projects
Forsyth & Tedd Collaboration
Working together with Forsyth & Tedd, Bennita designed and handmade a range of Pet Bowls which were available in an terracotta/pink marble. These were sold exclusively in Forsyth & Tedd Plymouth store and on their website.
Black & Sigi Collaboration
The limited edition collaboration between Bennita and the BAS Sisters explored the beautiful bright colours of Genova, Italy and the function of stackable storage for their popular wrapped stackable Jewellery pieces.
The Kitchen Collection
Created around a customers culinary needs, the Kitchen Collection is a unique range of handmade ceramic, jesmonite wood & acrylic pieces that once combined, create a bespoke planter set for any home. Exhibited as part of the University of Brighton Graduate Show.
Food Scan Prints
A series of prints that display bold organic foods that have been photographed and digitally assembled into a print, producing original works of art. This work was produced alongside The Kitchen Collection.
Pestle & Mortars
Created as part of The Kitchen Collection, the Pestle & Mortars were an original design and concept that explored the process of food preparation within the home. Mix and match the pestle to the mortar, each piece was handmade and cast from Jesmonite.
A series of prints displaying handprinted watercolour illustrations of fruit & vegetables. Process methods include fine line drawing, watercolour painting, digital scanning and digital re-compositing. This work was produced alongside The Kitchen Collection.
A series of 20 unique wheel-thrown ceramic planters in a range of glazes and finishes, created as part of The Kitchen Collection. The stoneware pieces were designed to contain herbs in a stylish and bold manner. Each Glaze was independently handmade and tested to produce a varied and unique range.
A visual research project exploring the tones of colour and textures found on fruit & vegetables at the market. The series uncovers qualities not usually appreciated by the naked eye at a glance and influenced the glaze production for the Kitchen Planters, Storage Jars and Watering Pots.
Created as part of The Kitchen Collection, the Cultivation Dishes are uniquely designed to enable the user to grow plants at home from just a simple cutting. Cast from Jesmonite, the pieces are also accompanied with an acrylic disk featuring laser cut holes to accommodate the cuttings and to encourage roots to sprout.
Inspired by common household foods and recipes found in the kitchen, the Wrapping Paper was created as an accompanying product to The Kitchen Collection. Using watercolour paints and fine liners, each print is hand designed and painted, digitally scanned and re-composed then professionally colour printed onto quality wrapping sheets.
Hand thrown on the pottery wheel, glazed, punctured and then completed with an air-tight cork in each watering hole. Each Pot provides the perfect storage for water to be kept next to any planter in the house.
Obscured Food Scan Prints
A series of unusual, individual prints that follow the Food Scan series, displaying obscured food that have been organically morphed using experimental processes. This work was produced alongside The Kitchen Collection.
Printed Tea Towels
A collection of printed tea towels displaying original prints painted by Bennita. Available in 7 Patterns, this product was produced alongside The Kitchen Collection and displayed during The University of Brighton Graduate Show.
Ceramic Storage Jars
A range of wheel thrown stoneware ceramic jars, completed with a cork lid. Each piece is a unique form and complete with an individual glaze, working in symmetry with the Ceramic planters. A variety of the Jars were also pre decorated with coloured slip before the first bisque firing creating texture and depth.
Obscured Floral Scan Prints
A limited series of 27 images obscuring flowers and foliage to explore the colours and forms naturally produced by pushing the boundaries of organic materials using digital methods. This concept was explored to build a colour palette for the ceramic work produced in 2016 and consequentially 2017.
Made by hand, each unique planter was specifically designed with the intention of making it easier for consumers to look after their houseplants. This concept was achieved by visualising the watering process, either with a transparent acrylic tube holding the water or a larger ceramic dish where the planter sits within.
While researching colour for a creative 3D project , Bennita used abstract art and colourful inks to explore the boundaries of foliage, plants and organic weeds found within the garden and alternative locations including Kew and Wakehurst. Replicating recognisab 'pops' of colour it simplifileed the shapes but still allows for recognition.
The cacti series explored form and connection between the planter and dish, either sitting comfortably on top of or placed directly under the planter using handmade copper stands. A Small water dish could store water to create a humid environment for the Cacti.
A limited collection of handmade ceramic rice bowls, exclusively produced for display in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton in response of a brief to create a new souvenir for the gift shop. The bowls were created by hand-turning a bowl form on the plaster lathe and creating a slip mould from the master form. Each bowl was slip-cast, hand carved, bisque fired, dip glazed and then kiln fired.
Fine Art Sculpture - Sea Creature
While studying an Art Foundation Degree at Brighton City College, Bennita explored the sculptural side of 3D Design with a project which focused around organic landscapes of the nearby Rottingdean rockpools and natural sea creatures. The main sculptural piece took over 40 hours to make and the smaller pieces over 60 hours. The irony of polymer materials replicating seascapes now takes on a new meaning and ethical statement.