Amy Benzie

Amy graduated from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen where she specialised in ceramics, metals and glass. She has since set up her own studio in Aberdeen where she continues to experiment with designs inspired by the intersection of biology and art. She strives to promote the possibilities that occur when two seemingly unlikely subject areas are paired.

Amy enjoys pushing her ceramic forms, always asking ‘what if?’ Amy creates her own palette of glaze recipes, fascinated by the way different ingredients react in the heat of the kiln. She loves the experimentation and the discovery of unexpected results.

Amy’s work explores the relationship between Art and Science, in particular, each discipline’s exchange with nature. Her collections encourage us to take a detailed vision of the things we rarely pay attention to, eradicate or destroy.

By creating otherworldly vessels from the so called ‘ugly’ – systems and microscopic mechanisms of bacteria, viruses, pollen and weeds Amy can produce static ceramic and glass forms with a strange aliveness.

By engaging with the ‘ugly’ rather than being lectured by facts and figures, viewers can be inspired by something visually captivating and visceral, in order to create their own relationship with nature and an appreciation and sensitivity regarding our exchanges with her.