Artist's Intro

Dail Behennah

Stainless Steel Cable BallsStainless Steel Cable BallsConical Form with scorched lining


Born 1953, Devon, England

1971-1974       University of Birmingham, BA Hons. in Geography
1979-1982       University of Canterbury, Kent,
                         Postgraduate Diploma in Local History
1985-1988       London College of Furniture,
                        City & Guilds Diploma in Creative Crafts - Basketry,
                        Parts I & II London College of Furniture Diploma in
                        Creative Crafts

Dail Behennah's stainless steel balls are based on a traditional ball from South East Asia used in a game called 'sepak raga' in Malaysia.  There, it is made from rattan cane and is very light.  Dail has added another layer to the traditional weave and the ball consists of 16 pieces of rope.  There are thus 32 ends hidden within the ball. The rope is normally used for rigging on ships and for heavy lifting gear and although very expensive, Dail enjoys working with it because it is uniform throughout its length and is naturally springy, forming perfect circles without any Kinks or bulges.