Handmade porcelain jar titled CS : VN : QU :: SN.
During graduate school at Indiana University, Ben Fiess's fascination with ceramic chemistry prompted him to develop an online glaze and clay body database (currently being rewritten and improved). With a fascination for ceramic surfaces, he continues to experiment with and explore the possibilities with clay. "Sometimes I work with traditional forms, but I prefer to create things that don't necessarily resemble any concrete utilitarian form," he says. "The objects are intended to be somewhat ambiguous."