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Bennett Bean
Blairstown, NJ
Fiber Art, Sculpture

Artwork Details
Dankini Series

Paper Collage, Porcelain & Encaustic on Aluminum
23.75" x 23.75"

Bennett Bean is a quintessential American polymath.  He is best known as a ceramic artist (for his treatment of vessels post firing), but works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, paper and parchment, and painting. He was formally trained in fine art and has been creating work since 1960, and has been in the studio full time for the last 25 years.

Although he has worked in other media and other forms, Bean has earned a great deal of recognition for his pit-fired earthenware bowls. Of these pieces Bean explains, “There are things I think about. Presentation: how to put an object into the world yet separate from the world. That is the purpose of the black slab that is used under each piece. Another concern is the idea of control, which in my case takes the form of refusing to let the fire have the last word. Much of the work on these pieces is done after the firing, i.e. the paint and the gold. My work is accumulated evidence of my behavior, each technique having left its mark. At my age, I’m quite familiar with both myself and the elements with which I am working. So, these pieces are as much about play as they are about work.”

His work is represented by numerous galleries as well as in major museum collections nationwide including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Newark Museum in New Jersey, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, the JB Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. You can view and purchase his handcrafted rugs at