Historical Sources


hokusai2These are both woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai. His prints have always been interesting to me because of the way he depicts nature. His use of color, detail, and composition create images of nature that are both classic and timeless.



Jean Baptiste Oudry was a French rococo painter. His subjects most often included animals of all kinds, especially hunting scenes. He is one of the few painters in the 18th century to focus only on animals within his most powerful pieces. I particularly enjoy the way he represents the predatorial animals, with graceful but powerful gesture, and intense expression.



Mary Louise Mclaughlin was a china painter and studio potter in Cincinatti, Ohio in the 1800’s. After seeing French Ceramics that were china painted, she perfected the technique for herself, and wrote several books about the china painting process. Only when she began throwing the pieces she painted on, like the one above, did she create the perfect balance between surface and form.

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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