Geoffrey R. Bowton has learned to augment old career methods that inform his studio practice. He has previously honed union metalworking and fabrication knowledge and applies to the investigation and illustration of his ideas. Combined with the fragility of glass, he hopes to create work that embraces the tension created between these seemingly contradictory materials and processes to create conversations about trauma, damage, repair, and healing.
While deployed in Afghanistan, Geoffrey volunteered his construction skills in building support elements for the army. He was inspired by the military iconography of his surroundings to create unit emblems, furniture, memorial stands, and many utilitarian objects for communal living environments. These objects proved useful in elevating troop morale and bringing the community together. Geoffrey has continued this investigation of the power of craft to provide insight, support, and representation of the veteran community.
Recently in 2018, he was awarded the OCAC summer scholarship program attending a workshop at Penland School of Craft, to study the art and techniques of Pate de Verre. Geoffrey was invited in 2018 to attend Artist in Residence at Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland and Artist in Residence, 2018 Frogwood, Colton, Oregon. He was selected in 2018—student exhibition for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), recipient of the May George Metals Scholarship Award, recipient of the 2019 Windgate Fellowship Award, selected for Artist in Residency summer of 2019 at Yellowstone National Park and Bozeman, Montana and selected to attend 2019 Frogwood, Artist in Residency.