Spotlight On: Bennett Bean Studio
Blairstown, New Jersey
When internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Bennett Bean decided to expand into the medium of rug design, he wasn't content simply to avoid child labor—he wanted to do something about it. Partnering with GoodWeave® has enabled him to help rescued children gain an education, while ensuring that his artistic visions are realized with a skill that only adult artisans can supply.
Over the last 40 years, Bennett has built a storied reputation as a sculptor and painter working primarily in ceramics. Best known for his pit-fired white earthenware vessels, he has developed many innovative post-firing techniques for decorating his pieces, and his gold leaf interiors have become a signature style. Bennett's creations appear in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
When Bennett decided to turn his attention to rug design, he was guided not by trends in home décor, but by his own artistry, personal experiences and interest in forms and colors. His work is a cross-pollination of his own vision and concepts and products developed by the other members of the Bennett Bean Studio.
In late 2004, Elizabeth Rand joined the studio and collaborates with Bennett to create new lines of rug designs. The interplay between the two artists—and their contrasting points of view—makes for a unique body of work that balances maturity with youth, experience with fresh perspective.
To learn more about Bennett Bean rugs, visit www.bennettbeanstudio.com.