Chloë Dowds

Chloë is based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. After studying Fine Art Ceramics (BA Hons.), achieving a Higher Diploma in Art Education, and completing her MA in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Limerick, Chloë moved to Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny to complete the Design and Crafts Council’s two-year pottery skills training course.

She works primarily with porcelain on the wheel. Her range of contemporary porcelain tableware focuses on tactile forms. Every element of design has been considered to stimulate and heighten the user’s experience of the piece.

Chloë has been developing new work with hand-dyed and thrown porcelain over the past two years. Her works are heavily influenced by colour theory and showcase simple forms that are hand-dyed and meticulously cleaned between throwing the different colours.  

Chloë is fascinated by colour interactions and is inspired by the colour theory of Josef Albers. She dyes porcelain by hand in her studio to make beautifully simple and elegant thrown vessels. These vessels are inlayed using coloured slip, turned, and then polished.

“One of the interesting things about ceramics is that the simpler shapes are often much more difficult to achieve as the eye is drawn to any slight defect or change in direction.”