Bruce Dehnert received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and his MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. He has taught at Hunter College and Parsons School of Art and Design [New York City], The School of Art [New Zealand], the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak [Malaysia], and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth [New Bedford].
Dehnert is the recipient of a New Jersey Artist Fellowship Award, and other awards including three time Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award winner, the Settlor Prize in Sculpture, and a Carnegie Premier Award for Works on Paper. He was also a finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson International Figurative Competition. His work is held in a number of museums and collections including The Crocker Museum [California], the Yixing Museum of Ceramic Art [China], The New Dowse Museum [New Zealand], The Liling Museum of Ceramic Art [China], The New Museum [New York City], and The White House [Washington, DC]. Dehnert has been the Selector for numerous exhibitions including the Waiclay National Ceramics Award in New Zealand and recently the ‘Great Divide,’ in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has been a Nominator for one of the country’s top prizes in the Arts, and is currently a Co-Curator for the nation’s oldest and most prestigious show and sale of studio pottery [Demerest, New Jersey].
While his work has been featured in many books and magazines, Dehnert remains active as a writer having had articles published in numerous journals including, Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramics: Art and Perception. He has written a number of forewords for exhibition catalogs and books, including “Woodfired Pottery: Susan Beecher.” His bestselling book, “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook,” was recently published by Abrams Publishing of New York City. He is currently writing a biography on noted Japanese artist, Takeshi Yasuda.
A Fellow of the International Academy of Ceramics [IAC], Dehnert is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School for Crafts in Layton, New Jersey.