Sebastian Menschhorn is currently a designer at the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory. His most recent line of work includes this panther. The design consists of many different animal forms, along with china painted images of the “flowers of life”, an important print pattern in the east that is meant to inspire health and well-being. The simple combination of an animal with this message creates a statement similar to the one I wish to create in my own work.

Monster of God where-the-wild-things-were

These are both books I have been reading lately. The most interesting connections I have found between the ideas in these books and myself is a great interest in the predator.  Each book explains the recent crisis in population of common predators, and how it is affecting the animals they eat, and the rest of the ecosystem. Along with this the authors explain the history of the predator and its relationship to humans throughout history, as well as art and religion.


My home in Dallas, TX. where I grew up will always have a special place in my work. In growing up there, my childhood was filled with animals, woods and lakes, and open spaces. My strongest connections with nature began when I was playing in this very yard.

About Ariel Bowman

I grew up in Dallas, Texas where I learned to love nature, animals, and art. I graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011. I am currently working towards my MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida. This blog serves as a way for my friends and family, as well as anyone interested in my work, to view not only the finished pieces, but some of the process as well. You can subscribe to this blog to keep up to date on what I am currently working on in the studio, research, new sources, and exhibitions.
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