Many shapes and colors created by Ben Sr. are still being produced today by Ben III. The Asian influence is very strong in young Ben's work, as it was in Ben Sr.'s. In the summer of 1995, Ben III traveled to Japan to be part of a ceramic workshop in Tokoname. Through this sharing and teaching experience, Ben III was able to immerse himself in the culture that had inspired his grandfather. A culture expressing the importance of simplicity and tranquility in everyday life inspired Ben III to accept the challenge his now deceased grandfather had impressed upon him years before; "It's easy to make things complicated, the challenge is to keeps things simple."
Ben III has taught workshops in pottery and kiln building at Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, NC, the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA., John C. Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown, NC, and Arrowmont School of Art in Gatlinburg,TN.