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Scott Benefield is the designer-maker behind BTU Studio, Northern Ireland’s first and only artisanal glassblowing studio. Located in Randalstown, Co. Antrim since 2011, the studio produces a range of functional, affordable glassware that combines traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques with contemporary forms. Scott received his early training in glassblowing in the US and Sweden before traveling to study in Italy with acclaimed maestro Lino Tagliapietra in 2000. For the past 10 years he has taught master classes in Venetian glassblowing at schools and workshops in the US, Canada, England, Ireland, Turkey, Japan and China. He was the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust award in 2013.