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Bruce Odell biography
Since 1976, Bruce Odell has been sharpening his vision and skill at the
potter's wheel. He initially designed and produced clay lamp bases for
an international decorative accessories firm which provided him years of
practice. In 1991 on a whim, he entered the United States Pottery
Olympics and halfway through the contest realized he was winning. As it
turns out, the countless hours of lamp production paid off in the ability to
make large cylinders, platters, and spheres. He has won this national
competition three years in a row.
In 1992 he entered the World Championship in Faenza, Italy. While
the rest of the potters were making beautiful amphorae, kylixes, and
other classic shapes from antiquity, Bruce made pots with designs
developed in a rustic barn in north Louisiana. Texturing a cylinder and
then expanding the shape from within, he created textures mysteriously
related to nature. The resulting aesthetic is from internally expanding
the surfaces. Tree bark, human skin, geological features like clouds,
ripples and waves are examples of these surface textures. The Italian
judge crowned him, "Principe Mondial Esteta - World Prince of
Aesthetics," with a genuine crown and a million lire first prize. This was
followed by a fabulous feast in honor of the first American to win the
Bruce now makes his home in Lafayette, LA, the heart of Cajun Country.
432 East Main Street, Village of Mishicot, Wisconsin