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Ben Krupka Faculty Bio

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Professor of Ceramics


Daniel Arts Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Areas of Specialization

  • Functional and sculptural ceramics
  • Mid-range, high-fire and wood-fired ceramics
  • Mold making
  • Kiln construction


Research Interests: Contemporary and historic ceramics; design

Teaching Interests: Wheel throwing; hand building; mold making; clay and glaze composition; gas and wood firing; design

Other Interests: Furniture design and construction; green architecture and construction; trail running and hiking; cooking

Ben Krupka StudioBiography

MFA, Utah State University
BFA, Frostburg State University

Ben Krupka completed two residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, first from 2003 to 2005 where his work focused primarily on wood fired functional pottery, and again in 2012 where he spent his sabbatical focusing on a body of sculptural and functional work. He has taught many workshops nationally and internationally, most notably at Chulalongkorn University and King Mongkut’s University of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand where he was resident artist and visiting faculty. Mr. Krupka's work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationwide; at galleries, art centers, colleges and museums and is held in a number of public and private collections. Additionally, his work has been featured in a number of books as well as the periodicals, Ceramics Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and Clay Times. His current work extends outside of the ceramic studio where he is exploring art and design through different mediums. This work includes the physical construction of a contemporary, energy efficient home and ceramic, steel and wood sculpture built in collaboration with nature. In his free time he can usually be found on the trail or in the kitchen. He has been teaching at Simon's Rock since 2005.


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  • Resident Artist at The Archie Bray Foundation 2003-2005 & 2012
  • Fellowship and Visiting Faculty at Chulalongkorn University 2009
  • Work exhibited in over 150 exhibitions and in public and private collections.


  • Surface Decoration Techniques, Ed. Anderson Turner, published by the American Ceramic Society 2014
  • Ceramics Monthly, Spotlight Feature Artist Article, “Looking Back Finding Threads”, May 2014
  • Pottery Making Illustrated, Cover Image. May/June 2014
  • Pottery Making Illustrated, “The Oribe Inspired Jar” by Ben Krupka, Pg. 29-32. May/June 2014
  • iPottery, iBook, Kevin Hluch, 2014
  • 500 Teapots, Lark Books, Second Edition, 2013
  • Ceramics Monthly, “Pots at Rest, Andrea Marquis”, January 2013, Volume 61, Issue 1, Pg. 54-58
  • Ceramics Monthly, “Source Material”, October 2012, Volume 60, Issue 8, Pg. 24
  • Thai Ceramics Journal (วารสารเซรามิคส์ ), Cover/Feature Article, September-December 2009, “Works and Inspiration of Ben Krupka
  • Ceramics Technical, “The David and Ann Shaner Resident Studio Building” volume 24, 2007
  • Clay Times, Gallery Materia Teapot Exhibition”, September 2004
  • Ceramics Monthly, “Up Front(Solo Exhibition)”, May 2004
  • Ceramics Monthly, “Power Of Pottery”, January 2004
  • Ceramics Monthly, “Emerging Artist”, May 2003
  • 500 Pitchers, Lark Books, 2006
  • 500 Cups, Lark Books, 2005
  • 500 Bowls, Lark Books, 2004
  • 500 Teapots, Lark Books, 2002