Black and white porcelain are combined together to create these seascape vessels.
"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 an artist whose ceramics and cast glass objects go far beyond their functional use. Celia graduated with a BA in Ceramic Design from Central Saint Martins in 2014, before receiving her MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2018.
Celia works with the different properties of glass and porcelain to evoke the movement of nature in different ways. Her porcelain vessels represent evolving landscapes, mountainscapes and seascapes through marks and gestures. Her glass pieces vary in thickness, causing subtle gradations in colour. This reflects the colours, changing light and mystery of the natural world.
Celia’s work has been exhibited widely and is part of two museum collections, Bullseye Projects in Portland, USA and the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan. Her unique and skillful manipulation of ceramics and glass have earned her awards such as the 2020 Wallpaper* Design Award and the 2019 FRANZ Rising Star Award.