43rd Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show to Feature Unique Aquatic Clay Designs

Alan Bennett of Bath, N.Y., to Display His Clay Creations at Annual Show Hosted by The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild

Raleigh, NC, October 18, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild (http://www.carolinadesignercraftsmen.com) has announced that Alan Bennett, a professional artist specializing in clay fish, will be featured in the 43rd Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show. The show will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds from Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Bennett, an active member of the Guild, has galleries across the country and has worked and designed internationally as well.

Bennett caught his first fish when he was 5 years old, and he thought it was so amazing that he saved it in his pocket. Since that time, he has always been fascinated by the beauty of fish. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from Arizona State University and a Masters in Fine Arts in ceramics from Ohio State University. After graduating, Bennett worked as an art instructor and ceramics professor for many years. Bennett also served as a ceramic engineer for El Palomar in Mexico, where he designed dinnerware lines for clients in Japan, Europe and North America.

In 1990, he and his wife opened the Alan and Rosemary Bennett Clay Studio in Bath, N.Y., and have worked as full-time ceramic artists ever since. Today, they focus on ceramic fish and sea creatures, finishing their clay pieces with either fish glaze, raku or crystal glaze.

“We are honored to have Alan Bennett, Guild member and renowned designer, participate in this year’s Fine Designer Crafts Show,” said Elizabeth Lyne, president of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. “His vast knowledge in the field of ceramics and his tremendous passion for his work is apparent, and we believe his pieces will be a beautiful and unique aspect in this year’s show.”

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About The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild:
The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, based in Raleigh, N.C., provides a lucrative marketplace for the finest traditional and contemporary crafts in the Southeast. The Guild recognizes and promotes fine crafts, including original and handmade clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, basketry, wood, works on paper and mixed media products. Its annual Fine Craft and Design Show, traditionally held on Thanksgiving weekend, provides a premier regional showcase for exhibiting members to display their work and for art enthusiasts of every taste and budget to shop. Since 1970, the Guild has supported and perpetuated the professional pursuit of design and craftsmanship, encouraged opportunities for artistic growth and promoted education in and appreciation of the art of fine craft. For more information, visit the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild website at http://www.carolinadesignercraftsmen.com.

Jake Potter
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