Benjamin Maier Ceramics studio is located in Traverse City and his beautiful gallery is on Main Street in Leland, Michigan.
Ben describes working in the studio as giving him meaning and rhythm to his life, and the table being a stage to showcase his work. He makes pottery that holds functional qualities, plates, vases, cups or teapots - however, he challenges himself and his audience to look beyond function and use the medium to address artistic concepts including metaphor, perception, and human interaction.
His work is influenced by architecture and design that reflects qualities of efficient, quiet strength. Atmospheric firing enhances the linear quality of his work, while offering flections of the natural world.