"Through my work I hope to draw out the beauty and connections which can be made through everyday objects, going beyond the classical concepts of function. Informed by the movement and flux in nature my glass pieces reflects the colours, the changing light, and mystery of the natural world, while porcelain vessels, embedded with mark and gesture, capture an evolving landscape. Tonal blends and colour weave throughout the work and unique surfaces are obtained through thorough material research and testing. I’m fascinated by industrial processes and adapt traditional modelling and casting techniques to make bespoke pieces. Techniques used in both the making of glass and ceramics are crossed and re applied so that unique forms and surface qualities are achieved.
For my ceramics I use a machine called a jigger-jolly, which is an old piece of equipment that is ordinarily used for mass-producing, except that I don’t want to mass-produce my work; I’m interested in how you can adapt a traditional modelling technique to create something individual. Through much testing I’ve learned that there are ways of influencing what the landscapes I create might look like, but there’s always an element of surprise, and I love this aspect in the process."
Dimensions: H-8.5 cm x W-8 cm
Celia Dowson is a British artist and graduate of the Royal College of Art, where she specialised in both ceramics and cast glass. Celia received an MA from the Royal College of Art, 2018, and a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, 2014.Her most recent exhibitions include Collect 2020 at Somerset House and Future Heritage 2019 at Decorex International. Celia’s work is part of two museum collections, Bullseye Projects in Portland, USA and the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, where she completed a 3 month ceramics residency in 2019.