Taroko Bowl

Celia Dowson
Taroko Bowl is a one-off decorative piece created by glass artist, Celia Dowson, which was inspired by her time at a ceramic residency in Taiwan during the monsoon season. Through form and colour, this series of work explores the interplay of light on surfaces, drawing inspiration from the breadth of the natural world.

This piece was inspired by the natural landscape and wildlife in Taiwan.The colour of the bowl is reminiscent of the clear blue water running through wild mountain rivers, carving out a path in the rugged landscape.

The finished bowl takes on a form that proposes a function, but with a conceptual narrative that evokes time and place, allowing it to become a contemplative object.

Material: Glass
cm: Diameter 27.5cm, Height 9cm
inches: Diameter 10.8in, Height 3.5in
Care Instructions: Dust with a lint free cloth in circular motions


The form was first realised by Celia on a lathe, carved and shaped using wax making the form unique. This wax model is then cast in plaster and steamed to allow the wax to melt out of the mould leaving a recess in the shape of the platter. Solid glass is then carefully placed in the mould, weighed out in careful percentages to create the soft colour gradation.

When the glass becomes molten, it slowly begins to run into the shape which was originally the wax bowl. The glass pools and flows naturally into the mould uninterrupted, capturing bubbles and the movement as it circulates into the mould.

After a few days left to cool in the kiln, the mould is then removed and broken away from the glass. The work's precise and clean surface finishes are then achieved through meticulous cold working stages; hand grinding and sanding, flattening the base and softening the surface using silicon carbide grits in a coarse to fine texture to achieve the satin finish.

The rim of the platter is distinctive and left flowing, the natural movement of the glass held in time as it becomes solid. The rim is taken to a high polish by Celia using cerium oxide. This line of light draws the eye around the form, holding and reflecting the light and illuminating the depth of the glass.
The Maker Celia Dowson Glass Artist - London

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.