Jerry Bennett is a key figure in what he terms the exploding field of paper clay. He works uniquely, combining wheel thrown and hand-built elements of both paper porcelain and normal clay bodies. His work is in many galleries and museums throughout the world. Bennett is a resident artist at the Philadelphia Clay Studio, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana in 1975. Bennett has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the United States. In 2005, he was an honored guest at the first International Paper Clay Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. In 2012 he was the leader of the Second International Paper Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. He is currently an active studio artist in Philadelphia, teaches locally, and runs the Two Rivers Studio.