Stephen Bowers is one of Australia’s leading ceramic artists, but until now his work has rarely been seen in the UK. Known for his sumptuous, layered, painterly vitreous surfaces and direct visual literacy, his work is at once strangely familiar, yet simultaneously mysterious.

'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 will be giving a talk at Dovecot Studios on the 30th August. Please purchase your tickets directly from Dovecot Studios here.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Fragment Plate
    Stephen Bowers

    Fragment Plate

    2016
    wheel-thrown white earthenware, underglaze colours, clear glaze, on-glaze enamel decal
    H:4.5cm D:19cm
    Sold
  • 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
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