Dawson’s patterned clay artworks draw upon familiar motifs. He uses different escamotage such as the glass stained windows of churches, Chinese dinner plate designs, and ceramic tile patterns. His designs experiment with repetition and abstraction of traditional decorative motifs, creating artworks with slightly odd perspectives that are often visually deceptive.
Examples of this include his artwork “You Know It’s Gonna Be Alright”, a two-dimensional print on ceramic tiles that appears as a three-dimensional space. His artwork ‘“Spin”, contains six dishes with Blue Willow pottery designs, that are designed in such a way that they appear blurred, as if they are spinning in motion. Thirdly, “In Perspective Willow 1″ is a Bone china porcelain plate on which a picture of a plate has been printed. Whilst the physical plate stands upright, the plate that has been printed upon it appears to lay flat. By shifting the vanishing point of the print, Dawson completes a beautiful Blue Willow trompe l’œil.