Owen studied painting & lithography at Harrow Art School (NDD 1961) and teacher training at Southampton University (ATD 1962). He started pottery with Michael Dowdeswell in Southgate, London in 1968. Owen is largely self-taught with occasional visits from Michael Casson whose unstinting advice and demonstrations set him on the right path.
In 1969, Owen set up his own pottery in Ealing, London in 1969 – a densely populated suburb where the electric firing was the only possible method available. During this time, he made domestic tableware.
Since 2000, Owen has been producing ‘families’ of pots using recurring themes and he has been making bowls and plates with inscriptions. All his work is made using a soft stoneware, high fired with occasional further enamel firings.