Brother Thomas Bezanson (American, 1929 – 2007)

Brother Thomas was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1929. He graduated in 1950 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and in 1968 received a master of art degree in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. He began working as a potter in 1953 and later entered the Benedictine Monastery in Weston, Vermont. In 1976, he was a visiting ceramics lecturer at Alfred University and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1983. He lived and worked in the monastery for twenty-five years but, feeling the need for greater artistic freedom left in 1985 to become artist-in-residence in the community of Benedictine sisters in Erie, Pennsylvania. Brother Thomas’s elegant forms are completed by a vivid array of glazes he created from natural materials. He has had numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums. His works are included in over 80 international collections including the Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Brother Thomas died in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2007.

Lecture, “Art and Religious Experience,” Roanoke College, Salem, VA.

Monograph, The Path to the Beautiful, Pucker Art Publications, Boston, MA.

Article, “Looking and Seeing,” in Spirit of Nature: The Berkshire Landscapes of Jim Schantz, Pucker Art Publications, Boston, MA.

2003 Book, Offerings of the Spirit: A Tribute to Brother Thomas, Pucker Art Publications, Boston, MA.

2004 Article, “Risk and Discovery: New Works by Hideaki Miyamura,” Pucker Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, Boston, MA.

2005 Book, This is the Day, Work and Words of Brother Thomas, Pucker Art Publications, Boston, MA.