Clive Bowen is one of Britain’s finest studio potters. He is internationally known and respected for his powerful yet intimate pieces, with his works widely exhibited in the UK and throughout Europe, North America and Japan.
From his Devon studio, Clive produces slip-decorated earthenware pots, which he says are “… all basically to do with food and presenting food, I’ve always been about that.” Clive uses the local Fremington clay, a red earthenware clay used for centuries for traditional North Devon wares. His work is mostly wheel thrown with some hand-pressed dishes. Making their debut with us are new extruded vessels for flower displays, heavily influenced by Japanese vases.
Lately, he has been decorating his pieces whilst listening to music, often jazz. The rhythm and energy of the music is felt and channeled through his fingers, whether in direct contact with the slip or via slip trailing, combing and sgraffito.
Clive fires his work in his large double-chambered wood-firing kiln.
For this new exhibition, Jane Perryman will be showing a group of hemispherical double walled bowls mixed with different organic and man-made materials collected randomly, each a metaphor for memory and words.
Using combinations of press moulding, coiling and slabbing processes before burnishing the surface, her pieces are then low fired and then refined with sandpaper followed by a higher temperature firing.
Peter Beard’s work has been exhibited around the world and is represented in numerous museums, public collections and private collections in the UK and overseas. The award winning artist has a contemplative approach to making and spends much of his time sketching out ideas for new pieces.