Clive Bowen studied painting and etching at Cardiff Art School before taking up an apprenticeship with Michael Leach, at Yelland Pottery in North Devon.
In 1971 he set up his own pottery at Shebbear in North Devon. He has made wood-fired earthenware there ever since. His work is held in public collections including the V&A, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and museums around the world. He exhibits widely in the UK and internationally, especially in Japan where he is a regular exhibitor in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
The pots are almost all wheel thrown with the exception of a few hand-pressed dishes. The pots are decorated by a variety of methods; slip-trailing, using different coloured liquid clays, combing and sgraffito.