Blue Roo – a little bird told me, 2011, wheel-thrown earthenware, underglaze colour, clear glaze, 63 x 6 cm. Private collection. Reproduced courtesy the artist. Photo Grant Hancock.

13 December to 1 February 2015

For over 35 years, Stephen Bowers has been creating works that fire the imagination, combining intellect and inventiveness with skills and traditions that stretch back thousands of years. From familiar, everyday items, to the transformative alchemy of deluxe and super deluxe bravura pieces, his art is acclaimed and collected across Australia and overseas.Bowers uses an array of large vessels and other objects made by various collaborators – including wheel-thrown plates, vases and mugs, as well as handmade surfboards. He creates images and stories on ceramic surfaces that blend art historical references with Australian motifs and icons from popular culture.

Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura is a major survey of one of Australia’s leading ceramicists and is a JamFactory touring exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.