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About Ian Dowling

While Ian uses a diverse range of ceramic production techniques to work across all scales, each of the forms of his art are closely interrelated.
"Using the medium of ceramics I work to produce three broad formats of related visual art.
  1. I use repetition of related elements across large surfaces to develop rhythm and perception of movement. These wall or floor peices can be temporary as in the recent Fremantle Arts Centre exhibition or permanent as in public and private art commissions. To see this work...
  2. Individual ceramic sculptural forms are built using a variety of techniques. Currently these explore contrasting surfaces contained in fragmented pieces, small parts of a whole. Most of this work implies unbounded space beyond the piece itself. To see recent examples...
  3. The design of innovative pieces for the presentation of food using techniques and concepts found in the other areas of my practice. These pieces are suited to larger scale production. To see samples of these...
During the National Ceramics Conference in Perth, July 1999, Ian took part in a hands-on workshop with Italian ceramic sculptor Nino Caruso. This followed from an interest in creating larger scale ceramic work using repeated modules in a loose pattern.
An exhibition of this large-scale work was presented in the grounds and main gallery of Fremantle Arts Centre, in 2006.
Ian continues to make individual vessel forms, sometimes functional, sometimes purely sculptural. These are usually high-fired stoneware with iron and copper stained glazes over finely carved surfaces. They include functional items like teapots, teabowls, bowls, elongated serving dishes, platters and vase forms.
The production pots Ian makes are a range of sturdy, functional stoneware with form and decoration appropriate to their purpose. It is Ian's intention that these pots will not only perform well, but that they will bring great pleasure in their everyday use.

Over the last six years, Ian has increased his involvement with large-scale modular ceramic work for public art, sometimes freestanding, sometimes integrated into building projects.
These use cast 3D ceramic tiles and forms as building blocks. They include textural work for walls or curved surfaces and arrangements of multiple stacked blocks. Each project has some connection with the rhythmic pattern possibilities when using many similar shapes together

Ian Dowling News
  • The Kusnik Award for 2011
    The Ceramic Arts Association of Western Australia has announced that Ian Dowling is this year's recipient of the Kusnik Award for ceramics. Ian's porcelain sculptural forms Embedment 1 and 2 won the annual award with a cash prize of $1500 at the association's recent selective exhibition at Heathcote Art Gallery in the City of Melville.

    The Kusnik award is given to an artist who has an intimate understanding of the medium in which he or she is working.

    Ian Dowling said his winning work was part of a series of pieces based on contemplating connections between geology, as history of the earth, and archaeology, as history of life, particularly human activity. "In a way these pieces are imagined enlarged shards containing records of the rock forms and the existence of life
    forms, ” he said. "The evidence of life forms may be fossils or they may be embedded ceramic pieces trapped in the sediment.”

    He said the embedded fragments/fossils and the rock surfaces imbued a unique origin of place. "The rock surfaces are imprinted from latex copies of actual rocks. The carved surfaces and the rhythmic patterned embedments are derived from my style over the last ten years. The staining of the surface of the carved porcelain is achieved by spraying each mineral from a different direction: iron one way then copper/strontium from the other. On the ridged carving this means the surface colour slightly changes depending on the direction it is seen, ” said Dowling.

    View the exhibition at Heathcote Museum and Gallery, Duncraig Rd, Applecross until 14 August 2011.
  • Website Upgrade & Overhaul
    Our website has now been fully upgraded and renewed. We know you will enjoy the new changes to pages and displays.
  • Ripple & Swell Begins
    With five other Margaret River region artists, Ian Dowling is about to launch the results of a Designing Futures programme developed over the last 18 months.
  • Joondalup Invitation Art Award 2007
    Opens to the public 18th Oct to 1st Nov at Lakeside Shopping City, normal hours.
    A two panel artwork by Ian Dowling is one of the exhibits this year.
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