BiographyBruce Bangert attended the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, CA, before receiving an AA degree in architecture-engineering from the College of San Francisco in 1962. He received his BA degree in clay design and ceramic chemistry from San Jose University in 1966. Bangert studied at the Pond Farm workshops from 1961-1963. He continued studying sculpture at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, and clay at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. At Penland, he was a member of the Resident Program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bangert served as instructor at various colleges and universities throughout his career. From 1969-1983, he was the Head of the Aesthetics Studies Program in Ceramics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, CA. After a one-year sabbatical, he opened a private studio in Santa Cruz. In 1995, he founded the Higgins Canyon Sculpture Studio at Half Moon Bay, CA. Bangert has experience in bronze casting and mold making, black-smithing and steel fabrication, and industrial tile design. Bangert’s work has been part of exhibitions in several galleries and museums. His artwork has been featured in numerous magazines and books. He was the featured artist in an issue of Museum of Art & History in 1997.
Source of BiographyBangert, Bruce and Laura Cera. “Symphonic Transformation in Nature & Architecture.” Ceramics: Art and Perception. Vol. 43. 2001; Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students. Curated by Billie Sessions. San Bernardino, CA: California State University, 2002; Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio. Text by Jane Kemp. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2003