Author Archives: Ariel Bowman

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.

This Blog is Moving

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who is currently following this blog for their support, wonderful comments, and interest in my work. The past content of this blog will remain available but no new posts will be made. This post … Continue reading

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Where Science and Art Intersect: Working with the Florida Museum

My thesis exhibition Wondrous Creatures is now on view at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Below you can see images of the exhibition and learn more about the process and ideas behind each work. The Florida Museum is an … Continue reading

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Wondrous Creatures in the Works

These are the animals that I am planning to create for my Thesis project Wondrous Creatures. Each of them has distinctly strange features that speak to their amazing ability to adapt and evolve. I recently saw a few of them … Continue reading

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Summer Research

This summer I have been doing a lot of reading and research to prepare for writing my thesis. Here are some of the great sources I have found that relate to the topics of natural history, the age of wonder, … Continue reading

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Messing with Model Building

To better plan for my thesis show, and see multiple possibilities, I have created a variety of small scale models using the laser cutter and 3D printer. Some of these models have been enlarged like the ones below, using wood … Continue reading

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Playing with Porcelain

This week I am testing casting slip as part of investigating porcelain as an option for my ceramic furniture. First, I tested the casting slip to see how it fired using these furniture molds. The tests revealed that the NS-124 … Continue reading

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Laser Cutting Display Models

I used the laser cutter to create scale models of different display method ideas. Some were larger (about 6-8” versions) to allow for clay maquettes to interact with the display option. These were made of 1/4” plywood and plexi glass. The … Continue reading

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Animal Attitude

As part of planning my thesis show I am creating gesture studies of different prehistoric mammals to help me decide which to use as subjects. This process starts with sketching particular animals in different gestures. I often base these gestures … Continue reading

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Setting the Scene: Graduate Research on the Picturesque Aesthetic

This year I have been researching the picturesque aesthetic as applied to displays for my ceramic sculptures. At first, the term picturesque was applied to both a real landscape that was “fit to be made into a picture”, and the painting … Continue reading

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Material Research

In my second year of graduate school, I researched the use of non ceramic materials as a way to create non-fragile table legs. I learned to make two-piece silicone molds for cast resin. Here, the finished sculpted wet clay table … Continue reading

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