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Celia Dowson

Elements: air water

Celia specialises in making both ceramic and cast glass. From the beginning of development she crosses over the techniques used in each practice creating unique forms and surface qualities. Fascinated by industrial process, she adapts traditional casting, throwing and polishing methods.

Her current collections are informed by the movement and flux of nature and were developed through observing the Gower peninsular in Wales. Glass reflects the colours, the changing light and mystery of this landscape. By using varying thicknesses of glass, light travels through the work creating subtle gradations in the colours and an ambiguity which sometimes make inside spaces seem solid. The porcelain Seascape Vessels concentrate on surface qualities to capture a dramatic and evolving landscape. Tone, mark and gesture are considered and developed as each piece is made; they are then polished which softens the appearance of the work as well as making them smooth and tactile to hold.    


Celia Dowson is a British artist and recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, where she specialised in both ceramics and cast glass. She received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art and a B.A. Honors in ceramic design from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. Dowson received the FRANZ Rising Star Award in 2019, the Charlotte Fraser Award in 2018 and a Tom Helme Scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, in 2017.  Dowson exhibits internationally and has completed a ceramics residency at New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, in 2019.

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