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BOWERS, LYNN SMISER
BOWERS, LYNN SMISER
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For thirty years, I have been a professional potter exploring my art and craft. Both of these aspects come together to form the life of my work.

In combining traditional and contemporary methods and influences, I have discovered paths that lead me into new and exciting areas. One traditional method I employ is the use of the potter’s wheel--a tool used by potters down through the centuries. Much of my work begins on the wheel for their initial form. When the vessels leave the potter’s wheel, they are just beginning to take shape and develop structure. I begin to add more energy and movement by pulling, pushing, carving, poking, trimming, and altering the pots in many ways to enhance and provide vitality to the form.

Over the years I have worked with many different clays from red earthenware to high fire stoneware. Today, I use a pure, high fire porcelain clay, as it allows for a white background to act as a canvas for my glaze designs. Seduced by this silky, malleable substance as it spins beneath my hands, it has a special quality not found in any other clay.

Inspiration for my surfaces is eclectic and varied. My recent work reflects influences from the textile world. African Asafo Flags, 18th century Japanese ikat kimonos and old pictorial Navajo weavings contain patterns and images that intrigue me.

Since pottery is an ancient art form, I also look to the pots of yesterday for information. Lately, I’ve been studying the figurative scenes taken from daily life as depicted on early (B.C.) Greek vessels.

They are compelling for they give us snapshots and stories from a moment in time. These artistic footprints provide a path for me to follow, allowing past traditions to be carried forward, and new ideas are created from a mingling and blending of old expressions.

As I reflect on this progression as an artist, I have always been motivated by experimentation, while always considering the functional aspect of my work important. I know many of my pieces will be used, so pitchers must pour well, teapots must lift with ease, cup handles must feel smooth and comfortable to the touch. I would describe myself as a functional potter who loves to embellish form and surface. I have discovered using repetition of the same form facilitates new ideas. You might compare it to an old Eastern view of life, as seen in Tai Chi (a repetition of sixty-four movements) that out of the repetition of the same form comes new form. The usefulness of my work is a touchstone from which new pots spring and reinforces my belief that making pots is a great way to spend the day.


EDUCATION
1975
B.F.A. in Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
1972
B.S. in Art Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
1971
National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1976- 2008
Studio Potter, Kansas City, Missouri
2008
Moved to Mississippi!

SELECTED SOLO OR 2-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2008
Exhibition, Terra Incognito Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois
2007
Aspects of Nature, The Signature Shop and Gallery
2004
Objects for the Home and Table, Akar, Iowa City, Iowa
Porcelain, Margo’s Pottery and Fine Craft, Buffalo, Wyoming
Recent Work, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2000
Porcelain, Margo’s Pottery and Fine Crafts, Buffalo, Wyoming
1998
Out of Kansas City, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1997
Porcelain Pottery, Bluestem Missouri Crafts, Columbia, Missouri
1996
The Secret Life of Pots, Northstar/Anderson Gallery, Wilson, North Carolina
Recent Work, Linda Howell Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1984
Recent Work, Mugg Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Porcelain Pottery, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1979
New Work, Oklahoma Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008
Yunomi Invitational, Akar, Iowa City, Iowa
Another Cup? Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
La Mesa, Invitational, NCECA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Pouring Vessels” Invitational, Macon Arts, Macon, Georgia
“Cup” Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
2007
“Metamorphosis & Rebirth- The 2nd 2007 China Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition”, Traveling Invitational, China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, China
La Mesa, Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, New Mexico
A Bird in the Hand”, Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Urban/Suburban, Invitational, Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, Overland Park, Kansas
For the Birds, Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Salt and Pepper Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Plates and Platters:Salon Style, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
La Mesa, National Invitational Dinnerware Exhibition, NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky
Tea Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Yunomi Invitational, Akar, Iowa City, Iowa
“30 x 5 Invitational”, Akar, Iowa City, Iowa
Plates and Platters, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
2006
Teapot: Form, Function and Metaphor, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
La Mesa, National Invitational Dinnerware Exhibition, NCECA, Portland, Oregon
Divergence: 4 High Fire Potters, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
30x5 Invitational, Akar, Iowa City, Iowa
Tea Bowl Invitational, Curated by Diane Mead, Hardman Hall Gallery, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
2005
Function as Art, JRB at the Elms, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Artist of the Month, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Plates and Platters:A Blue Plate Special, Curated by Gail M. Brown, Chester Springs Studio
Center for the Visual Arts, Chester Springs Pennsylvania
Endless Variations:Shino Review 2005, International Invitational, Curated by Malcolm Davis, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
La Mesa, National Invitational Dinnerware Exhibition, NCECA, Baltimore, Maryland
2004
For the Table, National Invitational, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New
Mexico
Tea, National Invitational, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bowl, National Invitational, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Art to Use, National Invitational, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Works by Artists in Residence at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary,
Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri
Cup, National Invitational, New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
The Loving Cup, Invitational, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
2003
Functional Ceramics 2003, Invitational exhibition, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Mystery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hundreds of Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dessertworks ’03, Ronald L. Barr Gallery, Indiana University SE, New Albany, Indiana
Holiday Invitational, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2002
Regarding Clay: NCECA Endowment Exhibition and Auction Invitational, Belger Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Porcelain: Another Touch, Invitational exhibition, curated by Susan Filley, Redstar Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Platter Invitational, Redstar Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
Pots Presented, curated by Nick Joerling, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
Surface Tension: The Art of Shino, curated by Malcolm Davis, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
For the Table National Invitational Dinnerware Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shine Invitational Benefit, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
2001
Plate and Platter Invitational 2001, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
6x6, A Show of Sets, Invitational group show, NCECA 2001, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Tantalizing Teapots Invitational, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia
For the House and Garden Invitational, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
2000
Earthy Delights: Clay Beyond Tradition, Iowa State University Gallery,
Ames, Iowa
DinnerWork 2000, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
Beyond Bound 5: Off the Record! Johnson County Community College,
Overland Park, Kansas
The Millennium Platter Exhibition, The Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Cups, Cupboards and Cabinets, The Signature Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Made in Missouri, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
Plates and Platters Salon Style, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
Beautiful Use: A National Pottery, Montgomery College Art Gallery, Rockville, Maryland
Winterfest 2000 National, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland
Soup Tureen Invitational, Indiana University SE, Barry Gallery, New Albany, Indiana
1999
The Art of Pouring, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teapot Invitational, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
A Celebration of Artists, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Beyond Bounds–Beyond Borders, Johnson County Community College,
Overland Park, Kansas
1998
Invitational Mug Show, Vermont Clay Studio, Montpelier, Vermont
Pewabic Garden Show, Invitational, Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
1997
Topeka Competition 21, Topeka Public Library, Topeka, Kansas
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Wild Woman Salon, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Frida Kahlo: Modern Portraits of a Modern Icon, Fraser Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1996
Madcap Teapot Invitational, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
National Teapot Show III, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, North Carolina
Beyond Bounds III, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
1995
Invitational Group Show, Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
1994
Philadelphia Craft Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mad Hatter Teapot Show, Ferrin Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts
Second Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Fifth Annual Invitational Teapot Show, Gallery Alexander, La Jolla, California
1994
Beyond Bounds II: Invitational, Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Overland Park, Kansas
Third Annual Invitational Show of Cups, Artworks Gallery, Seattle, Washington
A.C.E. Show, Baltimore, Maryland
1993
Eleven Studio Potters, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Pitchers at an Exhibition, Year of the American Craft, Topeka, Kansas
State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Pouring Forth Invitational, Worlds Window Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Invitational Group Show, Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
1992
Canvas & Clay, Two Person Show, Wyandotte County Library, Kansas City, Kansas
Beyond Bounds, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Invitational Group Show, Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
Competition 16, Topeka Library Gallery, Topeka, Kansas
1991
Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Homecoming ’91 Invitational, Artsplace Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Invitational Group Show, Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
1988
Group Show, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri
Artful Living, Kansas City Arty Institute, Kemper Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Ten In Clay, Artsplace Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1985
Soups On Invitational, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Chocolate Show Invitational, The Firehouse Art Center, Norman, Oklahoma
Functional Pottery Invitational, Thiel College, Sampson Art Gallery, Pennsylvania
1984
Vases, Platters and Slabs, Invitational Show, Seastar Gallery, Bigfork, Montana

AWARDS & GRANTS
2003
Recipient of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, six week residency at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
2000
2nd Place, Most Creative Dinnerware, Dinnerworks 2000, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
2nd Place, Favorite Dinnerware, Dinnerworks 2000, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
1997
Orton Firing Institute Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
1995
Second Place, Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
1994
Honorable Mention in Clay, Second Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibit, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1992
Alumni Award for outstanding achievement in vocational endeavors, Casady School
Friends of the Library Purchase Award, Topeka Competition 16, Topeka, Kansas
1990
First Place in Clay, Hidden Glen Show, Olathe, Kansas
1982
First Place in Ceramics, Delta Art Show, Kansas City, Missouri
Purchase Award, Topeka Craft Exhibition, Topeka, Kansas
1979
Purchase Award, Oklahoma Designer Craftsman Show, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

JUROR EXPERIENCE
2009
Juror, Brookside Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
2007
Juror, Midland Arts Association Fall Show, Midland, Texas
2005
Juror, Western Missouri Regional Scholastic Art Awards, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
2004
Juror, Western Missouri Regional Scholastic Art Awards, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Juror, Brookside Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
2003
Juror, Western Missouri Regional High School Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri
2002
Juror, Brookside Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
2001
Juror, Prairie Village Art Fair, Prairie Village, Kansas
1999
Juror, Brookside Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
1998
Juror, Art of the Mask, Mattie Rhodes Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri
1996
Peer Juror, Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
1995
Juror, Student Show, Paseo Arts High School, Kansas City, Missouri
1993
Juror, Student Show, Paseo Arts High School, Kansas City, Missouri
Juror, Prairie Village Art Fair, Prairie Village, Kansas
1992
Juror, American Royal Art Fair, Kansas City, Missouri
1991
Juror, Prairie Village Art Fair, Prairie Village, Kansas
1988
Juror, Kansas City High School Scholastic Art Competition, Kansas City, Missouri

PUBLICATIONS
2008
Surface Design for Ceramics, published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2008
Nichols Hill News, March 2008, “Vessels of Beauty and Purpose”, article and color photographs, page 94-97.
2007
Midland Reporter-Telegram, 2007, article and color photographs
500 Tiles, published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2007, color photographs, pages 22 and 286.
2006
Review, September 2006, “Divergence: 4 High Fire Potters” article and color photograph, page 27
Ceramics Monthly, October 2006, Upfront Section, “Divergence: 4 High Fire Potters”, page 26, color photograph page 6.
Kansas City Star, “First Friday’s” article, August 31, 2006, Preview, page 33, color photograph of “Porcelain Jar.”
2005
Making and Installing Handmade Tiles, Angelica Pozo, published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2005, color photographs pg. 31 & 80.
2004
500 Pitchers. published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2004, color photograph, pg. 104
Making Marks, Robin Hopper, Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, 2004, color photograph.
500 Cups , published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2004 color photograph, pg. 255
Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2004, Upfront Section, pg. 26
American Craft, June/July 2004, Gallery Section, color photograph, pg. 66
Review, February 2004, “International Artist Exchange Program Launched” article, page 42 and 43.
2003
Review, October 2003, “To Use or Not to Use” article, page 54 and 55.
500 Bowls, published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2003, color photograph, pg. 185
2002
Claytimes, Vol. 8, No. 4, July/August 2002, “Kansas City’s Star-Quality Exhibits” article, page 17-19, color photograph page 19.
Ceramics Monthly, March 2002, “Riffs, Rhythm, Regeneration” article, color photograph page 115.
500 Teapots, published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 2002, color photographs pages 45, 53 and 398.
The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Kevin A. Hluch, Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, 2002, color photographs pages 86, 106 and 131.
2000
Ceramics Art and Perception 2000, Issue 40, color photograph of “Celebrating 2000 and the Potter,” page 40.
Kansas City Star, “Off the Record Exhibition” article, October 17 2000, Section E, FYI, page E1 and 2, color photograph of “Cup and Saucers.”
2001
Kansas City Home Design, “Mardi Gras Roanoke Style” article, March 2001, Page 91, color photograph of place setting.
Ceramic Monthly, March 2001, page 24 color photograph and show review.
1998
Holiday brochure, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 1998
The Ceramic Design Book, Published by Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, 1998, color photograph of “Tiny Teapot,” page 23
The Best of Pottery Volume II, published by Quarry Books, Rockport, Illinois, 1998, color photograph, page 85 Vol. II
Ceramics Monthly, “A Working History” by Lynn Smiser Bowers, February 1998, page 48-52
Ceramics Monthly, annual promotional poster featuring “Fishbone Platter,” 1998
Kansas City Star, Clay Guild article, FYI section, December 4, 1998, color photograph of “Pots on a Pot” page F3
1997
Exhibit Catalog for “Strictly Functional Pottery National,” 1997, page 7
Intelligencer Journal, Happenings Section, May 9, 1997, color photograph of teapot, page 8
Home Magazine, “Brewhaha,” April 1997, photograph on page 118
Ceramics Monthly, April 1997, photograph on page 18
1996
The Best of Pottery, published by Rockport Publishers Inc., 1996, color photograph of “Fishbone Platter” on page 77
Exhibition catalog for “A Madcap Teapot Party” show, Renwick Gallery, 1996, page 5
1995
Artist’s Catalog, Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 1995, page 3
Home Magazine, “Sud Savers,” October 1995, page 140
1992
Above and Beyond Parsley, The Junior League of Kansas City Missouri Cookbook, 1992, color photograph
1982
Ceramics Monthly, December 1982, page 73
Studio Potter, Vol. II, No. 2, Article on Missouri Valley Potters, page 66

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas (2006)
Oklahoma Museum of Art, Norman, Oklahoma
Topeka Public Library, Topeka, Kansas
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas (2003)
Casady School Library, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

GALLERIES
The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pewabic Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
Nancy Margolis Gallery, Portland, Maine and New York, New York
John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Sales Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois