My name is Chloë Dowds and I am a potter living and working on the East coast of Ireland. I have BA(Hons.) in Fine Art Ceramics, Higher Diploma in Art Teaching, MA in History of Art and Architecture as well as a two year Diploma in Ceramic Skills and Design (Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Thomastown) under my belt! Three years ago I set up my small pottery creating tactile contemporary porcelain tableware. Craftsmanship and attention to detail are paramount in my work. I create beautiful pieces for people to hold, to use, to cherish. My business has been going from strength to strength over the past three years and I have won six awards to date, including a prestigious Golden Fleece Merit Award and a National Craft Award. I love what I do!
While I work very hard in my pottery day to day and enjoy doing it very much, I tend not to make a huge amount of time for experimental work. I believe that making time to stimulate our senses and nurture our creativity is essential as makers and indeed as humans. In 2018, I want to hold my first solo exhibition. It is for this reason I will take one month out from my studio and relocate to another studio all the way over in Berlin to give myself the opportunity to develop this new body of work. Understandably, this comes at a substantial financial cost, which is why I am reaching out for support with this Kickstarter project.
Porcelain is my passion and I have been invited to complete a month long ceramics residency at the Zentrum fur Keramik in Berlin this Summer. (Please see their website here http://www.ceramics-berlin.de/ccb/en/konzept.php) The purpose of this residency is to allow myself the creative time and space outside of my studio to develop a brand new body of work. I pay a huge amount of attention to detail with my pieces. I strive to make them beautiful to look at as well as sensual to touch. Themes within my work include a sense of fragility and an underlying instability. These are themes I will bring to the forefront during my residency. The proposed work will deal with communication and I will focus on how the pieces interact with one another through a number of different design qualities and size differences. As a highly skilled thrower, the potters wheel will be my vehicle for creating this new body of work, though I also intend to experiment with new and different techniques. It is my ultimate goal, from having had this important time to create, to hold my first solo exhibition in 2018.
Inspiration for my project has already begun, but Berlin is such a fascinating and inspiring city, I intend to use my experiences there to inform my work further. While I'm in Berlin I will visit it's many museums and galleries including the Ceramics Museum which holds more than 8000 objects impressively illustrating different style epochs of historicism, jugendstil, expressionism, Bauhaus and functionalism. I finished my Masters in the History of Art and Architecture and so visiting these galleries will be hugely important to me as I continue to develop as an artist. As well as this, I intend to make a trip to Hohenburg, approximately three and a half hours drive South of Berlin, to visit the porcelain museum, Porzellanikon. http://www.porzellanikon.org/en/. A museum dedicated to porcelain! Another museum of great interest to me is the Museum of Art and Industry in Hamburg. Their ceramics and porcelain collection is one of the largest in Germany with approximately 11,000 objects ranging from Antiquity to present.
During my residency I will be taking lots of photos and posting them up on my Instagram and Facebook pages to keep everyone up to date.
Should you wish to support my residency in Berlin, you'll receive a beautiful handmade piece from my functional range at an incredible discount. Here is a list of images to help you decide which you like best. You can always check my website at www.chloedowds.com or my Facebook and Instagram (@ Chloe Dowds Ceramics) for more images and product information. Thank you!
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Risks and challenges
The world of ceramics is packed full of risks and challenges! Having said this, I have been running my pottery for three years now and meeting deadlines and fulfilling orders is what I do. If this project is funded, your reward pieces will be made before any other orders are accepted.
However, in the case of an overwhelming response to any particular reward level, I may need to slightly extend the delivery times for some backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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