About the studio
David M Bowman Studio consists of two people: David Mills Bowman and his son, Reed Christopher Bowman.
We produce most pieces together. Most designs are David's, though Reed has input on many of David's wallpieces. The table designs are Reed's, and Reed has his own set of wallpieces with his initials, RCB, prefixed to the wallpiece numbers, and his own set of vase, candlestick, and menorah designs.
We construct all pieces by hand, with hand tools and simple machines. No part of the production is ever hired out, nor does the studio take in work to produce or patina parts for other people's designs. Wallpieces are one of a kind.
All the work is produced from brass and copper sheet and rod, formed into shape with shears, hammers, sanders and grinders, and brazed together using an oxyacetylene welding torch. We do not cast work or use cast parts. We mix patina chemicals from scratch and apply them by hand.
David began working in metal in 1971, near the time Reed was born; he first made silver jewelry, later moved on to brass belt buckles, then to larger pieces in patinaed brass. Over the years David has worked alone or with different assistants, but he has worked exclusively with Reed since the mid-1990s.
Apart from small local art evenings and farmers markets, we generally show in person only twice a year, at the American Craft Council's Baltimore Winter Market in February and their San Francisco Craft Show in August. Our work is sold primarily through craft shops and galleries across the country and overseas. Wallpieces are sold or consigned to galleries, or designed on commission for corporate and private spaces. After 25 years in a WWII-era warehouse in West Berkeley and a sojurn at American Steel Studios in West Oakland, we have finally built a new space (with our own hands) behind our houses back in West Berkeley. The studio is primarily a workshop, with little in the way of display space, but visits are welcome by appointment.
About the website:
This website is entirely our own work as well. The two of us have built it by hand, almost entirely in bare html using only text editors, and in php written from scratch. A few extra features such as slideshows are acquired from outside sources. The photography is all our own, except for a few pictures of our pieces installed outside the Bay Area, and some of the shots of us at work, which were done by our significant others.
Designs and images copyright © 2000-2018 David M Bowman & Reed C Bowman