Leah Bowring is an MFA in Ceramics (University of Missouri), with a sculptural aesthetic influenced by her international travel and study, especially in Japan. Her informed style seamlessly blends this connection to traditional, Far Eastern methods and forms with her own personal expression of solitude, serenity, and clarity. Gentle but solid, asymmetrical yet balanced, and simultaneously light in form but materially heavy, Bowring’s newest vessels house the conceptual complexities of all that informs them. Ultimately, however, each can be simply perceived in its immediacy of beauty and inherent calm.


2016 Winter Exhibit

Leah Bowring is a ceramic artist from Columbia, Missouri. A pupil of Koiichi Koyama, an accomplished Japanese potter, she conducted personal research studying traditional Japanese kilns and wares, traveling throughout Japan in the time between her formal degrees. Although her aesthetic is heavily influenced by her international travels, her serene sculptural vessels comment directly on a state of mind related to clarity and lightness when experiencing the open landscape of both the far East and Midwest. Bowring finds inspiration in solitude and nature, accessing a trance-like state where unrestricted thoughts occur and innovation flows. The resulting work is meditative and delicate, subtly detailed with clean lines.

Bowring recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a Masters in ceramics in May 2015. As an impassioned educator, she enjoys teaching all ages and settings including community studios, camps for children, and at the university. She currently lives in Oakland, California and creates her work in Berkeley.