There’s been a rare changing of the guard at one of Homer Laughlin China Company’s most coveted positions as the company yesterday unveiled a new director of design.
Mick Bowdler, who many in the industry will know as a design stalwart at Hall China for nearly 40 years, has taken up the post.
Bowdler was born and raised a stone’s throw from Stoke-on-Trent, England, which is internationally renowned for its ceramics industry.
From an early age, he knew ceramics would be his career. After earning a master’s degree in industrial ceramics at nearby North Staffordshire Polytechnic, he received a job offer from Hall China.
He moved to East Liverpool, Ohio, and has been a constant within the design department ever since.
Bowdler’s work is marked by a bold curiosity about shapes and textures, and an artist’s eye for color.
The nature-inspired Grove line is one of Bowdler’s more recent inventions—trays distinguished by their asymmetrical shapes, deep grooves, and rustic colors.
As director of design, Bowdler will oversee the creative aspects of both Homer and Hall, guiding other designers on the team and drawing on his decades of accomplishment to keep HLC china at the forefront of beauty, creativity, and functionality.
“I take my cues from the sales staff, customers, and the other members of our design team. That spirit of working together is what keeps it fresh,” he said.
“New technology has expanded so many horizons. We are able to do more things, faster than ever before. The most exciting time to be a designer is right now.”
The Homer Laughlin China Company is the largest tableware manufacturer in the US, employing more than 800 skilled craftsmen in a 37-acre facility.
Its diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets the modern needs of today’s discerning chefs and restaurateurs.