Conflict Cups: Procreation

Conflict Cups: Procreation
George Bowes
Born 1961
Acquisition Number: 2019.9
Medium: Wheel thrown cone 5 porcelain with glazes and underglazes
Size: 4 ¼ x 5 ½ x 4 ¼ in.
Date: 1996

George Bowes was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with his BFA. From there he opened his own studio in Cleveland, where he worked for thirteen years. During this time, Bowes traveled to Nova Scotia and Europe, and completed over 30 residencies. He also received grants from the Ohio Arts Council and Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowships, allowing him to work full time in his studio without interruption. After being invited to teach as a sabbatical replacement at the University of Florida, The University of Akron, and the Cleveland Institute of Art, Bowes decided to return to graduate school to be eligible for teaching positions in higher education. He earned his MFA from the University of California Davis and taught at Georgia State University, The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Southern Methodist University. In 2008, Bowes landed a position at the College of the Mainland in Texas, where he currently teaches. Bowes creates functional objects that are combined with an element which causes viewers to stop and contemplate them, giving the objects more depth. He made a series of conflict cups on various topics, as a means for two people to sit at a table and have a conversation about the imagery represented. These particular cups were made to inspire a discussion on procreation and the labor that it takes to raise a child. These cups easily incite conversation with their strange imagery of infants, handcuffs, and a radiometer. Bowes said: “I always think there has to be something a bit creepy to make an object beautiful.” Bowes' work can be found in many collections, such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Newark Museum, The Akron Art Museum, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and others. He has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions.