Norwood Mug by Stephen Bowers for JamFactory Collect exhibition Norwood
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
South Australian artist Stephen Bowers presents a series of new works inspired by the flora found within his local neighbourhood alongside a collection of existing iconic works.
Stephen Bowers was born in 1952 in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. He lives and works in Norwood.
His work is collected widely, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem USA, Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth WA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn USA, National Museum of Art Architecture and Design, Oslo Norway, Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, USA, Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Art Gallery of Queensland, National Museum of History, Taipei Taiwan, The Mitchell Library, Sydney NSW, etc.
In 2014 he received a Churchill Fellowship to research blue and white ceramic collections in the USA, the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands. In 2018 he received the FSL George Lieschke Award for Service to Australiana Publications.
"I make a type of pottery widely known as ‘earthenware’ with decoration covered by a clear glaze. This glaze, like the glaze often found on traditional Staffordshire and other earthenware, may, across time, develop a ‘crazed’ appearance, where the surface layer of glaze exhibits a series of fine cracks. Continuously developing across the years, this is a natural characteristic of earthenware and is often looked for in antique pieces as indicators of their age and authenticity. Tip: avoid directly filling earthenware with boiling water – let it come-off-the-boil before you make your brew – it is better for the tea too!
In making works for this exhibition I collaborated with Mark Heidenreich of Terravilla Pottery who threw the following pieces:
Eucalyptus mugs, Stubbs meets Spode bowl, Dodo’s message bowl, Sulphur crested Cockatoo and Ming Borders bowl, The Complete Angler wall plate, Chintz cockatoos wall plate, Fracture wall plate, In the Land of the Dodo wall plate, Blu Roo and Stubbs and Toile’ tondo wall-plaques and the Pair of Cockatoo chintz vases."