Owen was born and grew up in the southeastern coastal area of Melbourne, Australia. His earliest training was as a designer and draftsperson. After falling in love with making and theoretical aspects of art, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in the Glass Department at the Australian National University, Canberra. In Canberra he studied under glass artists Richard Whiteley and Jane Bruce, also winning a scholarship to attend a course at the Pilchuck Glass School. Owen returned to Melbourne to complete an Honours in Visual Art at Monash University, expanding his practice into the fields of sculpture and installation. This was followed by a move to the United Kingdom were Owen began a Ph.D. at London’s Royal College of Art. The project titled Glass, Pattern and Translation: A Practical Exploration of Decorative Idiom and Material Mistranslation using Glass Murrini, examined new methods for appropriation in contemporary art practices, and was completed in 2014. Owen creates his artwork and continues his theoretical research from his studio at Harbourfront Centre, in Toronto. He immigrated to Canada in 2014 to marry his wife and has recently been made the act head of the Glass studio at Sheridan College.