Dave Bowers Studio
A Sculptural journey
Dave began his sculptural journey 25 years ago in the medium of wood. Starting with wood turning, the turnings became sculpted turnings that then transitioned to sculpture. The refinement and mastery of his sculptural form in wood is now finding its way into cast glass. Abilities and understandings developed over the years sculpting wood translate to this new medium. Sculpting casting models to mold rely on skills already developed through many years of wood. Cold working glass is very similar to sanding and finishing wood.
With so much experience in wood, why glass? Initially Dave was exposed to glass through his parents, his first major experience was 2003's Chihuly at the Conservatory, Columbus Ohio. He was hooked, his fascination with glass began. Dave continued to study and appreciate glass, eventually taking glass blowing lessons. He helped build equipment for a hot shop and assisted there. As his knowledge expanded it became clear casting would allow Dave to develop the sculptures he wants to make. The inner space of a casting has always fascinated him but the day he saw David Ruth's work it was a WOW moment.
Primarily self-taught, the sculpture has been developed and refined over the years. Dave has studied with wood turners such as David Ellsworth and Graeme Pridlle. He has attended Pittsburgh Glass Center cold working classes with Frantisek Janak and Chad Holliday, and has a long standing mentorship with Harry Pollitt. His work has been represented at SOFA Chicago, del Mano Gallery, and in publications including Thought Art magazine and Masters of Contemporary Wood Art. Dave’s work is in the permanent collection of the American Association of Woodturners. Currently he is represented by Arbor Gallery and online with Wood Symphony gallery.
Where does Dave go from here? Glass casting is playing a larger role. It's qualities allow different expressions of his sculpture. It has spurred new ideas, some for wood, some for glass, some for both. As Dave’s work expands and redefines, glass is taking a more important sculptural role. Paralleling with wood, glass provides different experiences within the same forms.
Art keeps me balanced, creating it is who I am.
Sculpture is a necessary part of my life. My current choices of medium are wood and glass. I've dabbled some in metal and others, who knows where I'll end up or what I'll use. Throughout the pages of this website you'll find my affliction of wood and growing passion for glass. I started this journey almost 25 years ago thanks to a retired Ohio State Dentistry professor. Glass has transitioned from a very strong interest to a passion, Initially introduced to it through acquaintances and Dale Chihuly videos research and education has continued. As my glass education grew so did my interest in casting. At one point a came across David Ruth's work and it was that WOW moment. To see what could be done with the inner space of sculpture. Both disciplines take a large amount of time but I intend to continue both.