Charles Bezanson

Thomas Bezanson

Brother Thomas Bezanson (August 5, 1929August 16, 2007) was an Canadian born artist primarily know for his porcelain pottery and mastery of complex glazes. Strongly influenced by Asian pottery, often adapting traditional Chinese and Japanese methods and materials to his work.


He was born Charles Bezanson in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a descendant of Swiss and Scottish families that had been in Nova Scotia for many generations. In 1950 he graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He also spent some time in New York City studying at Art Students League of New York. From 1951–58 he both worked in business and was an adviser to the Nova Scotia Handcraft Centre. He began working in pottery in 1953. In 1958–59 he traveled and studied in Europe. In 1959 he entered the Benedictine Monastery, Weston Priory, in Weston, VT. In 1968 he graduated from University of Ottawa with a Masters degree in Philosophy and a University Gold Medal. In 1976 he was a visiting lecturer at Alfred University School of Ceramics. In 1978 he traveled in Japan and to Taipei. While in Japan he met with five "Living National Treasure (Japan)" potters. In 1983 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Since 1985 he has been the Artist-in-Residence, Mount Saint Benedict, Erie, PA. He has had hundreds of exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. His works are in over 70 museum collections.

Brother Thomas died at his home in Erie, PA on 16 August 2007.

Exhibitions and Honors

Known Collections


  • "Ceramics of Weston Priory/Brother Thomas"

by Thomas, Brother, O.S.B.; Henning, Robert, Jr. (Curated By)
Publisher: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA. Date Published: 1980
Exhibition Catalogue. 79 pp., illus. (some col. ); 23 cm. Exhibition held at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, June 1-September 7, 1980.


"Art is meant to open the human heart to truth and beauty, goodness and unity. It is like a finger pointing to the moon. It is not the finger that is important, it is the moon."


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