Texas Native Writing Table
Alton Bowman. 2008
This is one of my dad’s pieces. He competes yearly with his original furniture at a juried exhibition in Frankfurt, Texas.
His influence in Texas native wildflowers and prairie wildlife, as well as his efforts in my hometown’s local conservation of native prairies, is often reflected in my own work. My interest in animals, and nature in general, first came from him.
My interest in ceramics first came from my mom. She currently teaches at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas. She is a functional potter, figure sculptor, and also works with bronze and jewelry.
Hannah Barlow was a Royal Doulton artist in the 1800’s in Britain. I have found much inspiration in the delicate images of animals that she presents, and how they work with the forms of her pieces. The glaze work is also very naturalistic, and perfectly integrated into the images.