Dave Bowers Studio
A Sculptural journey
How long does it take?
Where do you get your ideas?
Is that one piece?
The majority of design ideas start here, in the sketch books. They're relatively simple drawings working out lines and proportions, flows and movement. The fun starts once a design is translated on the wood. Figuring out in better detail which design elements will do what and how material characteristics affect these elements are the unknown. Ideas change and flow as the sculpture is released.
Where does it come from?
What inspires you?
I've often been asked what inspires you. It's difficult to name one or two sources. I'm always observing pattern, shapes, lines, how things interact. Ideas have come from nature, digital art, architecture, ancient pottery and glass, contemporary objects, the list could go on. I'm constantly looking, observing. All these ideas and images are translated consciously and subconsciously into the sketch books.
At times, outlines are rough cut as in this example. Some of the more complicated works require certain sections be worked prior to others. What is not displayed on this piece is the depth to which I can work with it.
How much time do I spend on a piece? The straight up answer, I don't really keep track. I've kept track on one of the "Directions" pieces from roughing the vase form on the Lathe to putting the final finish on. At this point I know the hours were up there. At least half the time spent on a sculpture begins at the first sanding. Sanding and finishing are just as important, if not more, than the original design and rough out. Short yourself on finishing and you can easily take a great piece and make it not so great.
The pieces start from logs or sections of them. They are cut via chainsaw or other methods to the largest dimensions required
On the Artist page of this website, I have a statement in red lettering - Art keeps me balanced, creating it is who I am. Would I still do it if I didn't have a website, wouldn't be able to sell, or no one would see it? The answer is yes, it's something I really enjoy. Ultimately my goal is to share with others, to provide a positive experience. Below are a few glimpses into what and how I'm doing things.