I studied and practiced architecture, but also have been involved in theatrical design and art direction for film and television. In the  late 70’s I began working with ceramics in Naolinco, Veracruz with Hal Babbitt,  later worked with Gustavo Pérez from 1985 until 1993,  and then set up my own shop with a wood fired kiln in Xalapa. In Mexico there is a very strong heritage of pre-Columbian ceramics that cannot be ignored and has been a strong influence on my work. As of late I have been most attracted to figurative pieces and the decorative possibilities of bowls. My journey thru the world of ceramics has always been defined by the technical demands of materials and a need for balance between graceful form, texture, and colors. My most important tools are my hands, and most of my work is thrown on a wheel, altered, assembled, and fired to cone 6 (2,230 F). Whether a utilitarian or a purely ornamental piece, the path to beauty--with this sensuous earth— wanders towards infinity.




“El Cuerpo de la Abundancia” Galeria Veracruzana de Arte, World Trade Center,Ver. (solo)  2009


“Pleasure and Misery” Pounder-Kone Art Space, Los Angeles, Ca. (solo)     2008


“Tierra Plena” Museo de Antropología de Xalapa (solo)


“Arte Americas” Miami, Florida              


“Ceramic Arts International” Article in ceramics yearbook


“10 Years After” Waldron Center for the Arts, Bloomington, Ind.


“Mitos y Leyendas/Myths & Legends Ave 50 Studio-Gallery, Los Angeles CA. 2007  


“Of the Earth” 2nd CC Gallery, Long Beach, CA.- Eye Opener Prize 2006


“This Sensuous Earth” Xiem Gallery, Pasadena, CA.. (solo)


Ceramics Monthly article “2nd Annual Call for Entries” Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, Pico Rivera,CA. 1st Place  


“2006 California Clay Competition” The Artery, Davis, CA.- Purchase Award              


Ceramic and Craft Award

Tomas Owen