Alan Bennett was born in 1954, one of five children in a rural area in New Jersey where he loved to fish, ride horses and make art. As a painting major in art school, he happened to choose a ceramics class that captured his interest. He received a BFA in drawing and painting from Arizona State University in 1976 and his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University in 1980. He was Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Utah State University (USU) from 1980-1984. Bennett left USU to work as a designer and technical consultant for El Palomar Ceramics in Talaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. He and his wife have been full-time clay artists working in their studio in Bath, New York since 1990, where they continue to make a variety of fish.