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Dan Bowran

MA work

The ones we looking straight through: an alternative history of glass

This series of sculptures are created using a unique glassmaking process I developed during my time at the Royal College of Art.  It draws upon the re-workable properties of glass, and questions the traditional trajectory and purpose of the workshops involved in glassmaking.

The re-workable qualities of glass allow it to circulate repeatedly through the workshops, on a path of perpetual refinement.   This progressive process has been designed to be adaptable and suit any studio.  I’m excited about the future and the potential it has to expand and incorporate new techniques and materials such as ceramic, wood and metal.


  • Dan Bowran
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2014



  • As an artist and audiovisual engineer, I have been working with sound and light as my materials of choice for many years.  It’s interesting how we conceptualise this ephemeral matter and create structures to work with them.  Our understanding is altered as we move from analogue to digital, from black and white to colour.  I have taken this methodology and adapted it to the physicality of glass.

    The studio defines the boundaries, determining the possibilities and providing the structure to explore the innate properties glass.  In the same way as I would record a song for a band, it is a collaboration where I establish the dialogue and orchestrate the conditions for the glass to express itself.  This is illustrated by the fluid inner forms which inhabit thick, rigid outer shells – allowing the glass to become a mould for itself.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Glass, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 2011; Diploma Audio Engineering, AVC, 1998; Diploma Live Sound & Stage Lighting, AVC, 1997; BA Philosophy and Cinema Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 1993
  • Experience

  • Sound engineer and audiovisual technician, Freelance and corporation employed, London and Melbourne, 1995–present
  • Exhibitions

  • CAL, RCA, London, 2014; Work-in-progress Show, RCA, London, 2014; Anima, The Asylum, London, 2013; Unknowns with Richard Slee, Northlands, Scotland, 2013; CAL, RCA, London, 2013; Work-in-progress Show, RCA, London, 2013; Exploration 12, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; National Student Art Glass Prize, National Art Glass Gallery, Sydney, 2012; Media Specific, Monash University, Melbourne, 2011; Fresh, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2011; Graduation Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne, 2011; Momentum, Kirra Gall, Melbourne, 2011; Graduation Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010; Tyro, Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Between Bodies, Italy, 2010
  • Awards

  • Trophy, Royal Overseas League, London, 2014; Scholarship, Corning Museum of Glass, New York State, 2014; Bursary, West Dean College, UK, 2014; Grant, Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland, 2013; Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, 2012; Fresh, State Selection, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2011; National Student Art Glass Prize, Sydney, 2011; D.W. Rogers Award, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010; Letter of Commendation, Faculty of Art & Design Board of Examiners, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010; Yarra Art Award, Australian Fine Arts and Decorative Society, Melbourne, 2010; Kirra Gallery Award, Melbourne, 2010; Axcess Glass Award, Melbourne, 2010; Study Abroad Grant, Monash University, Melbourne, 2009; Blackwood Crystal Glass Prize, Melbourne, 2008
  • Publications

  • Feature article, Cornermag, Issue 3, 2014; National Student Art Glass Prize Catalogue, 2012; Australian Art Collector. April–June, 2012, p.30 ; Media Specific, Catalogue, Monash University, Melbourne, 2011; Graduation Exhibition Catalogue, Monash University, Melbourne, 2011; Graduation Exhibition Catalogue, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010