HLC Names New Director of Design


Mick Bowdler assumes role after four decades with Hall China


Newell, WV—There’s been a rare changing of the guard at one of HLC’s most coveted positions as the company introduces a new director of design. A familiar face steps into the role: Mick Bowdler, who has been a design stalwart at Hall China for nearly 40 years.


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, Mick 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.


Mick stresses the collaborative nature of his job. “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,” said Bowdler. “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.”


“Through his four decades with Hall, Mick has shown himself to be a tireless creative voyager who is always expanding the design boundaries of our industry,” said Liz McIlvain, president of HLC. “I know our design department is in good hands with his vision for the future, passion for the work, and heart for people.” 


About The Homer Laughlin China Company

The Homer Laughlin China Company (HLC Inc.), founded in 1871, is the largest domestic tableware manufacturer in the United States, employing over 800 skilled craftsmen in a 37-acre facility. Homer Laughlin China and Hall China comprise the HLC Inc. family of companies. HLC’s diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets every conceivable need for today’s discerning chefs and restaurateurs. Setting the tone — not just the table — is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its customers. For more information, please contact HLC Inc., 672 Fiesta Drive, Newell, WV 26050. Phone: (800) 452-4462. Fax: (800) 533-8918. Web: www.hlcdinnerware.comEmail: hlc@hlchina.com.