Pierre Bowring (American, b. 1985) resides in Norfolk, Virginia and is a Glass artist and craftsman. Bowring received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting and glass + craft in 2009. In his fine art practice he deals with themes of choice and the divide between functional and dysfunction existences defined by popular American culture. Bowring is concerned with themes of personal evolution; it is the distance and the space between a starting and end point and the distractions that can lead us from our course. Bowring’s functional table and stemware can be found on tables across the East Coast. His paintings are private collections in the Northern Virginia area. Pierre is currently attending the assistantship at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.
The passage of time and the endless chances I choose to take in my life all play roles in my current artmaking. My work is inspired by my personal experience and choices I have made in the past decade. I studied glass and painting and am deeply influenced by the process of creating a composition, and the history associated with traditional glass vessel making. For the past ten years I have been a line cook in the restaurant industry, and as I embark on a new chapter of my studio practice and life. I return to this familiarity of creating functional glassware and making conceptual art with glass.