Alan & Rosemary Bennett


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Experiences in or around the water and growing up with Jacques Cousteau specials strongly influence our work. The process starts with a series of sketches. We use stoneware clay or porcelain to make the basic forms. These forms are manipulated, hollowed out and added to. The teeth and eyes are made out of porcelain. The pieces are bisque fired. Glazes are applied by dipping, spraying and by brush. The pieces are then glazed fired. The work is about form, expression, color, texture, and movement.

    Alan received an MFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University and a BFA in drawing and painting from Arizona State University.

    Rosemary has a B.A.E. from Ohio State University. Alan and Rosemary met at OSU in 1980. Alan worked as a designer and technical consultant for El Palomar Ceramics in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. We started this business together in Bath, New York, as full time clay artists since 1990.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: We love working with clay. Once you get that first lump of clay in your hands you enter another world were time is irrelevant and all of your troubles evaporate for a while. Clay is so squishy and responsive to our touch . If you make a mistake you can just squish it up and start over. Anything is possible.

    A: When I was five I caught a bluegill. It was so beautiful I put it in my pocket, took it home, and put it under my pillow. Three days went by before my parents found it and insisted it needed to go into the garden. That was when it all started. The first fish were bluegills drawn with crayons. Later paintings of bass, paper mache pike and finally clay. In grad school at Ohio state my professor asked if I would help a student struggling with firing kilns to get copper reds. As we fired the kiln together I looked in her sketch book. There were amazing drawings of octopus and other sea creatures. Her name was Rosemary and we have been firing kilns and happily making art together ever since.

    A: It is important to keep having meaningful life experiences. They lead to new ideas and new possibilities. We like to get into the water with the creatures we make art about. Sometimes we will see something new and get very excited about making art about it. We think about how they move in the water. What kind of glazes would we use. How big, how peaceful or scary. What would look good with it. This always gives us a sense of urgency to get back to the studio and see what happens. This process also has us revisiting creatures we have done in the past with new ideas about what would make them even better. It’s a process that never ends, we never know exactly where its going, and it brings us great joy.

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