Patois is an ever-changing collection of one artist’s creative energy. Perusing Bruce Stebner’s gallery and blog is like embarking on an old-world adventure. His art evokes a gentler, more romantic age. Whatever PATOIS by STEBNER you select will change your everyday experience.
About the Artist: A True Renaissance Man
Bruce Stebner tells people he was “born with crayons in his hand,” and that isn’t far from the truth. By the time he was a teenager, he was making pottery with the potter’s wheel and kiln his father built for him. After attending art school, he spent time as an interpretive craftsman in the museum world. There, he investigated both salt-glazed and wood fired pottery techniques. This prepared him for his 30 plus year career as a studio potter. For the past 18 years he has focused his interest in ceramics on making faience pottery and tiles. His murals grace homes around the country. By popular demand, he began painting oils 10 years ago.
His work has been featured in Country Living, Country Home, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. His pottery has been shown at the Mansfield Art Museum and Akron Art Museum, and has been made available for sale at the Museum of American Folk Art, New York. Galleries from Santa Fe to Nantucket have featured his work.
Frequent trips to France to paint, teach and buy continue to fuel Bruce’s childhood passion for rural European architecture and landscapes. Country settings, antiques, animals and gardens continue to inspire and populate all he does.