Celia Dowson

Celia Dowson is a London based artist working in both ceramics and cast glass. Inspired by the movement in nature her work reflects the colours, the changing light, and mystery of the natural world. Celia is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, where she specialised in both ceramics and cast glass. She received an MA from the RCA, 2018 and a BA (Hons.) in ceramic design from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, 2014.

Glass Artist

Celia Dowson

London

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THE PROCESS

Fascinated by industrial processes, Celia adapts traditional modelling and casting techniques to make bespoke pieces to use and display. Techniques used in both the making of glass and ceramics are crossed and reapplied so that unique forms and surface finishes are achieved.

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

I want to create something that begins as an idea or memory, reformed and shaped to tell a story and create a sense of nostalgia. To me objects are intimate and often convey something of a culture or place, more easily understood and appreciated without words. I’m fascinated in how we use and ritualise, commemorate and collect objects. There is also something in the challenge of engineering and creating using skills and techniques honed over hundreds of years to develop contemporary, modern results. By realising my work from beginning to end, the surfaces and depths achieved are unique owing to the hand made process, the finished surfaces can only be created through hand finishing. For me the quality of the final piece is critical as this is really where the craftsmanship is showcased.

To make something with my hands is the best way I can voice and share my understanding of the world and to forge connections with others. I hope for the work to conjure memories for others while also being enjoyed and appreciated for the time that has been imbued in the making of each piece.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

I love adventuring in different landscapes. I am drawn to different elements in my surroundings, how light can change throughout the day, fades of colour represented in the sky or horizon, the natural world which surrounds us, constantly evolving. This is why glass is such an important medium for me as is holds and contains light, changing throughout the day depending on how it interacts with the piece. This creates shifts in the translucency which illuminates the depth and colour gradations in the glass.

The Mid-century nordic designers have been a group I’ve always been drawn towards, particularly, Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva. I love how they were inspired by their surroundings and then translated their vision into beautiful objects, capturing the essence of a place.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

Skills are continually honed and developed through my practice, which began as a ceramicist and naturally evolved to encompass glass. I now apply this material knowledge across both disciplines; I instinctively cross over approaches and techniques more stereotypical of one or the other medium. This in turn means that each is heavily influenced by the other practice. The finished work takes forms that propose a function but with a conceptual narrative, that evoke time and place, allowing them to also become contemplative objects.

4. What is your defining or proudest moment as a maker so far?

As an artist who is fairly new to working in glass, to take the risk and explore a new material and find an affinity with it has been so rewarding. That this has been appreciated by other makers and collectors and through awards such as the Wallpaper* Design Award, which I received in 2020.

5. What is your dream project?

My dream project would be to work directly either with a commercial client such as a hotel, or a collector to create something bespoke and tailored to them. I’d want to spend time getting to know the client to create something unique for them which captures a surrounding or place which they want to commemorate. I’d like it to be a project where I could become absorbed in that place, spending time taking in the natural surroundings to re-imagine through a piece of glass.

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6 Products found

  1. Monsoon Tint Vessel by Celia Dowson
    Monsoon Tint Vessel
    Celia Dowson
    £1,130
  2. Taroko Bowl by Celia Dowson
    Taroko Bowl
    Celia Dowson
    £1,320
  3. Cloudscape Vessel by Celia Dowson
    Cloudscape Vessel
    Celia Dowson
    £1,340
  4. Indigo Haze Platter by Celia Dowson
    Indigo Haze Platter
    Celia Dowson
    £1,200
  5. Taroko Mist Platter by Celia Dowson
    Taroko Mist Platter
    Celia Dowson
    £1,340
  6. Monsoon Tint Platter
    Monsoon Tint Platter
    Out of stock
    Celia Dowson
    £1,350
    Out of stock
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