It’s no secret that we’re junkies for videos of potters working in their studios. Goldmark gallery gave us a really luscious one about a year ago in their leadup to an exhibition of Clive Bowen. We’re treated to his thoughts on slip trailing and mark making, his realization that the most important thing is to know when to stop. Bowen also tells us that art begins at the wheel and carries up through the presentation of the meal you’re serving on his ceramics.
Bowen, according to Goldmark, was born in Cardiff in 1943. He studied painting and etching at Cardiff Art School before becoming apprenticed to Michael Leach in 1965. In 1971 he bought a property on the North Devon coast. Bowen converted the outbuildings into his workshop, and in 1976 built a double chambered wood kiln, with a capacity of over 400 cu. ft. holding over 1000 pots. His work is held in public collections throughout the UK and abroad.
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