South Australian ceramic artist Stephen Bowers creates richly decorated ceramics which reflect his interest in aspects of craft traditions, natural history, memory and commentary. 

'I am interested in the ability to look back and re contextualise stories, interpret meanings and examine the legacy of traditions. As well as studying the Australian urban landscape I look at its biological and zoological information and explore Australia’s diverse and multiform human culture. I treat ceramics as a blank canvas upon which I can create pictures, working with unusual decorative techniques more often encountered outside of the familiar patch of the potter. A lot of my images arise in spontaneous ways – a sort of improvised stream of unconsciousness and I explore skills and techniques – particularly the traditional ceramic arts and crafts of the Orient and Europe.'

Stephen Bowers has exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work is held in a number of private and public collections.

Public Collections include:

Art Gallery of South Australia; Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art; Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark; National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Pair of Staffordshire Dogs
    Stephen Bowers

    Pair of Staffordshire Dogs

    2014
    slip-cast earthenware, underglaze colour, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre, enamel
    H:45cm W:40cm D:18cm
    £7,750 for the pair
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Shards Platter
    Stephen Bowers

    Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Shards Platter

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre
    H:9cm D:59cm
    £3,950
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Platter
    Stephen Bowers

    Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Platter

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre
    H:9cm D:60cm
    £3,950
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Red Tailed Black Cockatoo Platter
    Stephen Bowers

    Red Tailed Black Cockatoo Platter

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre
    H:9cm D:56cm
    Sold
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Trio: Cups and Caddy
    Stephen Bowers

    Trio: Cups and Caddy

    2018
    wheel thrown, white earthenware, underglaze colour cobalt, clear glaze
    H:9-18cm D:9cm
    £650 each (left sold)
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Down On His Luck (Art Investor’s Skull), Blue Willow Harbor (Explorer’s Skull)
    Stephen Bowers

    Down On His Luck (Art Investor’s Skull), Blue Willow Harbor (Explorer’s Skull)

    2018
    slip cast earthenware, hand-detailed, metal oxides, underglaze colour, clear glaze
    H:17cm W:12cm
    Sold
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Mugs
    Stephen Bowers

    Mugs

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze lustre, enamel and decal to base
    H:10cm W:12cm D:8.5cm
    £385 each
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Crimson Rosella Camouflage Bowl
    Stephen Bowers

    Crimson Rosella Camouflage Bowl

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre
    H:6cm D:31cm
    Sold
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Exotic Bird and Strange Fruit Platter
    Stephen Bowers

    Exotic Bird and Strange Fruit Platter

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre
    H:7cm D:41cm
    Sold
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • William Morris Tulip and Willow Fragment Plate (left), Blue Willow Shard Bowl (right)
    Stephen Bowers

    William Morris Tulip and Willow Fragment Plate (left), Blue Willow Shard Bowl (right)

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze enamel decal to base
    H:5-6cm D:18-21cm
    £455 each (right sold)
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Jouy Flowers and Foliage Fragment Plate, William Morris Fragment Bowl, White Rabbit Shard Bowl
    Stephen Bowers

    Jouy Flowers and Foliage Fragment Plate, William Morris Fragment Bowl, White Rabbit Shard Bowl

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze
    H:4-5cm D:19-22cm
    £455 (left), £530 (middle), £455 (left and right sold)
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • William Morris Bird and Anemone Fragment Bowl
    Stephen Bowers

    William Morris Bird and Anemone Fragment Bowl

    2018
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, under-glaze colours, clear glaze
    H:7cm D:39cm
    Sold
    Photograph: Grant Hancock
  • Fragment Plate
    Stephen Bowers

    Fragment Plate

    2016
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze enamel decal
    H:4.5cm D:19cm
    £350
  • Fragment Plate
    Stephen Bowers

    Fragment Plate

    2016
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze enamel decal
    H:4cm D:20cm
    £350
  • Mug
    Stephen Bowers

    Mug

    2017
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze lustre, enamel and decal to base
    H:10cm W:12cm D:8.5cm
    £385
  • Mug
    Stephen Bowers

    Mug

    2017
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze lustre, enamel and decal to base
    H:10cm W:12cm D:8.5cm
    £385
  • Mug
    Stephen Bowers

    Mug

    2017
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze lustre, enamel and decal to base
    H:10cm W:12cm D:8.5cm
    £385
  • Mug
    Stephen Bowers

    Mug

    2017
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze lustre, enamel and decal to base
    H:10cm W:12cm D:8.5cm
    £385
  • Mock Turtle, Mad Hatter, Alice, Queen of Hearts, Alice In Wonderland Chess Pieces
    Stephen Bowers

    Mock Turtle, Mad Hatter, Alice, Queen of Hearts, Alice In Wonderland Chess Pieces

    2017
    slip-cast, glazed earthenware
    H:18-20cm
    £385 each
  • Tweedledum & Tweedledee, Alice In Wonderland Chess Pieces
    Stephen Bowers

    Tweedledum & Tweedledee, Alice In Wonderland Chess Pieces

    2017
    slip-cast, glazed earthenware
    H:18cm
    £385 each
  • Carpenter & Walrus, Through The Looking Glass Chess Pieces
    Stephen Bowers

    Carpenter & Walrus, Through The Looking Glass Chess Pieces

    2017
    slip-cast, glazed earthenware
    H:18-20cm
    £385 each