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BROTHER THOMAS BEZANSON (1929 -...

BROTHER THOMAS BEZANSON (1929 - 2007); Squat porcelain vessel, "Chrysanthemum" glaze, Weston, VT; Signed Benedictine Monks, Weston, VT 2/1 3014/25, ichthys symbol; 7" x 9"; Brother Thomas Bezanson (lots 445-60) was a Canadian born artist who is best known for his finely thrown porcelain vessels and complex glazes. After studying philosophy at the University of Ottawa, he spent twenty-five years as a Benedictine monk at Weston Priory, Vermont, before becoming the artist-in-residence at Mount Saint Benedict in Erie, PA. Bezanson believed in art as the language of the spirit, and he approached pottery as a monk would their daily duties and prayers: with equal measures of practice, concentration, and repetition. His ceramic experimentation yielded an astoundingly beautiful array of glazes and shapes. Heavily influenced by Japanese and Sung Dynasty ceramics, he valued perfection in his craft, leading him to destroy nearly 80% of each firing. His works can be found in over eighty museum collections worldwid


Sale Price: $12,500

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

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