Celia Dowson

2017 QEST Tom Helme Scholarship - Ceramics & Glass

Celia’s artistic intention is to draw out the extraordinary in everyday objects. Informed by the movement and flux of nature, Celia’s glass work reflects the colours, changing light, and mystery of the natural world, while her porcelain vessels, embedded with mark and gesture, capture a dramatic and evolving landscape. Unique surfaces are obtained through thorough material research and testing.

Celia is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (RCA), where she specialised in both ceramics and cast glass. Prior to this she received her BA(Hons) in ceramic design from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. Celia was awarded the QEST Tom Helme Scholarship in 2017, which generously funded her final year at the RCA. She exhibits internationally and completed a ceramics residency at New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, in 2019.

The collections I make are developed through observing the natural world and qualities of atmosphere and place. I’m fascinated by industrial process and adapt traditional casting techniques to make objects that are not always traditionally functional and often allow only for reflection.