Stephen Bowers uses craft traditions from east and west to create works that reflect a distinctly contemporary Antipodean consciousness. His richly detailed ceramics are often covered with surreal combinations of elements. His designs may include references to blue and white china, natural history illustration and textile design, along with motifs drawn from memories of growing up in Australia during the 50’s and 60’s.
This illustrated lecture draws on a recent Churchill Fellowship to take the audience on a personal journey of exploration into some of the rich history and creative processes of ceramics, especially the making of blue and white, including painting and transfer wares with reference to 18th and 19th century traditions and innovations, as well as touching on his own work.
STEPHEN BOWERS is an Australian ceramic artist. His work is represented in public collections nationally and internationally. In 2014 Stephen Bowers received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (South Australia) Fellowship to undertake research of collections of blue and white ceramics in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands.
Stephen Bowers is theWinston Churchill Memorial Trust (South Australia) Fellow 2014
This lecture is generously supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection