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Bruno LaVerdiere

Biography to Display: 

1937 Born, Fairfield, Maine


1958-1959 St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota

1965-1967 Art Students League, New York, New York


1962 Apprenticeship with Henry Takemoto, Lacey, WA

1991 Chateau La Napoule, La Napoule, France

1991 Watershed Center for Ceramics, Edgecomb, Maine


1955-1969 Monk, St. Martin’s Abbey, Olympia, Washington

1965-1967 Instructor, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, New York

1982 Adjunct Instructor, Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, New York



Bruno LaVerdiere produced functional and nonfunctional vessels.  His sculptures range from abstract to figurative. He wass comfortable with the potter’s wheel however he often hand-built pieces either using slabs or coil techniques.  

His work was not limited by scale. Pieces range from small functional objects to large sculptural works. His ideas came from historic sites such as monuments, temples, and shrines. He was also interested in pursuing the house image in both clay and painting.

After meeting Henry Takemoto in the early 1960s the two worked together pushing each other to explore new ceramic possibilities.

He was a Benedictine monk for 14 years before he left the Abbey in 1969 and pursued a career in ceramics. 


Public Collections to Display: 

Bloomsburg State College, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, State University at Cortland, New York

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, New York

Lannan Museum, Palm Beach Community College, West Palm Beach, Florida

Mills College, Prieto Memorial Collection, Oakland, California

Monsen Collection, Seattle, Washington

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Roberson Museum, Binghamton, New York

Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, New York

University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon


Bibliography to Display: 

Coyne, John, ed.  The Penland School Book of Crafts Book of Pottery. Indianapolis, IN: Rutledge/Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.

Delius, Jean. “Bruno LaVerdiere.” Craft Horizons (October 1977).

Harrington, LaMar. Ceramics in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1979.

Hess, Thomas B. “For Each Man Kilns the Thing He Loves.” New York Magazine, August 1, 1977.

LaVerdiere, Bruno. “From Monastery to Studio: An Autobiography.” Ceramics Monthly (October 1989).



Typical Marks
ca 1965
ca 1972
Vase with Splashes
Date: ca 1965
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Triple Guardian
Date: 1988
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand-Built (Clay and steel.)
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Tabernacle Shrine I, Tintern Transition
Date: 1990
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand-Built (Clay and steel.)
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 25, 2023.