“Chloë Dowds’ white porcelain tableware is quiet and contemplative. Thrown on the
wheel and gently altered, every element of the design has been carefully considered;
from the elegant rims and gentle indent on the handles to the finely polished bases.
However, when taking a bird’s eye view of her mugs, jugs and containers, the mood
changes and we encounter liquid-like glazes in pastel shades of blue, green, yellow
and pink. In juxtaposing the understated with a glossy colour palette, Chloë Dowds is
playing with the idea of interior and exterior, of looking inside to discover something
new and fresh.” Frances McDonald, Irish Arts Review Winter 2018
Chloë works from her studio in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. Her work plays on themes of interior and exterior. She works primarily with porcelain and has been experimenting with black porcelain since completing a residency at the Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, 2017. Her grey vessels are thrown using a porcelain body that she has developed over time in her studio. There is incredible skill in making work that is simple yet strikingly elegant. This is the heart of her practice.
Dowds has designed porcelain giftware for internationally renowned ceramics company Villeroy & Boch as well as working collaboratively with Avoca to design and produce a range of porcelain tableware. She has also designed tableware for Dublin-based ceramics studio Arran Street East.
Dowds is a member of Ceramics Ireland, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Education Panel and the Teaching Council of Ireland.