Author Archives: Ariel Bowman

About Ariel Bowman

I grew up in Dallas, Texas where I learned to love nature, animals, and art. I graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011. I am currently working towards my MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida. This blog serves as a way for my friends and family, as well as anyone interested in my work, to view not only the finished pieces, but some of the process as well. You can subscribe to this blog to keep up to date on what I am currently working on in the studio, research, new sources, and exhibitions.

Exotic animals coming soon!

Here you can see how an original sculpture starts out. This will be a leopard when its finished. I sometimes use a small rod or armature to hold up the figure and then cut it apart when its time to … Continue reading

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New to Porcelain Menagerie: Salt and Pepper Shakers

A functional twist on an adorable favorite! These are the same as the mouse figurine, only I have altered them to work as salt and pepper shakers. This little pair is a perfect addition to any country kitchen! These shakers … Continue reading

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Porcelain Menagerie at the Dallas Zoo

Hello All! I am currently working to increase inventory for an upcoming art fair! The Paw Prints Art Fair at the Dallas Zoo will be May 11th and 12th from 9am-5pm. If you are in the area stop by and … Continue reading

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New to Porcelain Menagerie: Otters

When I design a new animal for Porcelain Menagerie, I always start with an original sculpture in oil based clay. Oil based clay, unlike water based clay, does not dry out because it has oils and wax mixed in it. … Continue reading

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China Painted Bears

These hand china painted bears are brand new to my shop! China painting is a traditional process in many of the porcelain factories around the world that allows for detailed, delicate color to be added to ceramic pieces. China paints … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Porcelain Menagerie Studio Blog!

Here you can follow the process of Porcelain Menagerie, new pieces, and new ideas! I create handmade animal figurines for my Etsy shop, Porcelain Menagerie. First, I make original sculptures in oil based clay. Then I use plaster to make … Continue reading

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