Clive Bowen was born in Cardiff in 1943. After completing a course in painting and etching at Cardiff College of Art he served an apprenticeship with Michael Leach from 1965 to 1969. In 1970 Clive worked as a commercial thrower at Brannam pottery in Barnstaple, Devon. During this time he became involved with Michael Cardew's pottery at Wenford Bridge, Cornwall. In 1971 he established his own pottery at Shebbear in North Devon.
His decorative techniques owe much to the Japanese tradition of painting and calligraphy where a stroke, once started, must be finished. The sophistication of slips, glazes and artistry combines with the rough simplicity of the earthenware to produce functional pots of great beauty.