Potter & Founder of Scrimshaw Pottery
Ben Gaboury is a New England artist who grew up in Massachusetts, and received a fine arts degree studying ceramics in Portland, Maine. His artwork starts from clay which he developed a love for at 16 years old. After developing skills for wheel throwing, he began experimenting with combining the 2 dimensional with 3 dimensional by adding illustrations to his pieces. He began thinking of his vessels as a canvas rather than just functional objects. Immediately he began portraying imagery that told stories. A Large influence at the time was the ancient Greek black and red figure pottery, and most recently being influenced by scrimshaw. Never living far from the ocean, Ben saw scrimshaw as an easy and appropriate art form to combine with his contemporary wares. His simple color palette allows for the eye to focus on the detail of the decoration and mimics that of scrimshaw. His work follows a utilitarian necessity that is artistically refined to be elegant and present a sense of splendor to the user.
Filled with the artificialness of mass produced objects, Ben finds gratification in introducing calming and uplifting work.