Get to Know
David M Bowman Studio consists of two people: David Mills Bowman and his son, Reed Christopher Bowman.
We produce most pieces together. David is the principal designer, though Reed often has input on wallpiece designs, and does most of the work to execute the wallpieces. Reed's own designs are indicated by his initials, RCB, in the name or number of the piece.
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 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.
We show in person only a few times a year, generally 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. The studio - located in a WWII-era warehouse complex in Berkeley, California - is a workshop only, without real display space, though visitors are welcome by appointment.