This was a one day workshop with Chloë Dowds held in December.
In this class students learned about the properties of porcelain, a material developed in China roughly 1,400 years ago. Once known as ‘White Gold’ and steeped in mystery. For 500 years no one in the West knew how porcelain was made.
The group created different textures in the porcelain allowing light to shine through in interesting patterns. All Students created their own tea light holders in a variety of different styles and shapes. The pieces were then fired in Chloë's studio and were ready for collection shortly after the workshop.
The translucent properties of porcelain make it ideal for making tea light holders and allowing the candlelight to glow through it.
Chloë Dowds is a multi-award- winning ceramicist working with porcelain. Most recently she won the Future Lights Award. Future Lights is a European competition and stands for innovative and creative young artists, designers, art historians and researchers. Their work has been selected as outstanding in its modern approach, setting an example in trends for the future.
She is now an Ambassador for Ceramics in Europe for 2017/18. Having studied fine art, design, history of art and ceramics for nine years, she now works from her studio in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow. Chloë believes in using beautifully designed, handcrafted products throughout our daily routines. Her home is full of pieces that began with an idea and were brought to life through the skilled hands of a maker. She designs and makes beautifully tactile fine porcelain tableware.