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Bruce M. Winn, well-known ceramic artist of Tiverton, RI, died on January 17, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. His husband Michael Roseberry was at his side. He will be remembered as a loving companion, an inspired creator and a nurturing teacher.
Bruce was born in East Windsor, Connecticut to Fred and Barbara Winn on April 12, 1959, and was the youngest of four boys. At age six he saw a pottery demonstration and decided on the spot to be a potter. He received his BFA from the Program in Artisanry at Boston University in 1983, studying under Richard Hirsh and Christopher Gustin. In 1988, Bruce earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art studying under Graham Marks.
He taught at numerous locations in New York City including the 92nd Street Y, Parsons School of Design, Greenwich House Pottery, and CUNY. He also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Bennington College. In 2002 he filled the Koopman Distinguished Chair at the University of Hartford Art School.
In 1997, Bruce and his partner Michael Roseberry started the artisanal ceramics company Roseberry-Winn Pottery in Providence, RI. After several years of selling their work to retailers including L.L.Bean, Garnet Hill Catalog, Barney's, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the couple moved to Tiverton, RI in 2002 to open their own store in historic Tiverton Four Corners. At that time, their design and production studio moved to Fall River, MA, and the artists added a tile collection to the existing line of decorative and functional ceramics. On October 30th, 2010 the couple was married in Litchfield, CT in a beautiful ceremony down the road from Bruce’s family homestead.
Bruce’s artwork can be found among the collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Stockholm Royal Palace and the Newark Museum.
He is survived by his husband Michael Roseberry of Tiverton, RI, his brothers Kevin Winn and his wife Marcia of Newington, CT, Timothy Winn and his wife Cathy of East Windsor, CT, his nieces and nephews, and many devoted friends. Bruce was predeceased by his mother and father and his elder brother Donald.
A memorial celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. February 12th at the 1st floor gallery space in the building the houses the Roseberry-Winn studio at 1 West Street in Fall River, MA.
The family suggests that memorials be directed to the
non-profit Greenwich House Pottery in New York City where Bruce taught for many years
Roseberry-Winn Pottery and Tile
3842 Main Road
Tiverton Four Corners, RI 02878