Dylan Bowen studied ceramics at Camberwel School of Art in 1991 after working with his father, Clive Bowen at Shebbear Pottery for a few years.
He then apprenticed with and assisted various potters in the USA before setting up his first pottery in Oxford with his wife, also a potter, Jane Bowen in 1998. Then in 2002 they moved to their current studio in Tackley, near Oxford.
Dylan Bowen became a member of CAA (Contemporary Fine Arts), London in 2009, and then also Fellow of CPA (Craft Potters Association) at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London in 2012.
He combines traditional and contemporary techniques: Dylan Bowen's work is characterised by abstract slip decoration on thrown and altered earthenware forms and vessels. Slips are poured, trailed or brushed on.
He says "There are lots of influences, traditional slipware, music, outsider art, contemporary American ceramics and abstract expressionism. I think my work is an attempt to catch some glimpses of life’s euphoria and communicate them in the best way I can."
His vessels can be used as vases or platters, but also cross over to being viewed as fine art abstract sculptures.
Dylan Bowen's work has been exhibited widely in the UK as well as in Europe including: Galerie Besson; Collect at the Saatchi Galery; the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Rithin Carft Centre and Leach Pottery, St Ives.