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Alan Bennett

American, b. 1954

Fish Bowl

6.25 x 19.25 x 19.25 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

When Alan Bennett was five, he caught a bluegill. He thought it was so beautiful that he kept it in his pocket where his mother found it several days later when she did the laundry. He has been ‘hooked’ on fish ever since. The large dark brown and earthy green Fish Bowl features a wax-resist black fish that streams across a murky surface, filling the inner space with a fish the size anyone would be proud. The fish that decorate Bennett’s work vary from quite small to extremely large, gracefully enriching bowls, plates, and vases—some urns are over 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. His artwork is about capturing the moment, the process of making art, color, movement, and humor.

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 Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from Arizona State University in 1976 and his Master of Fine Arts 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.

Billie Sessions, PhD.

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