Duncan’s pots are essentially one-off pieces, in series, themes or groupings with surfaces constructed by his use of layers of fine clay slips (terra sigillata). Lengthy processes mean the pots acquire an intensity and depth of surface. He uses gold leaf as a final stage to create a striking the visual impact of the interior and act as a contrast to speckled reds, greys and black exterior surfaces. The work is subsequently polished using blended beeswax resulting in a rich appearance.
He graduated in the early nineties with BA (Hons) in three-dimensional Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, and later with an MA in Ceramics from Cardiff. More recently, he has intensified his time at the wheel, exploring the relationship of form and surfaces selectively exposed to carbonization, and the ways in which surfaces may be further enriched.