Duncan Tweed

Duncan Tweed

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My current work can be broken into two distinct categories: functional and sculptural. Each category has its own style and purpose though they share similar methods of creation. I work predominately on the potter's wheel with many pieces altered following the throwing process. 

My sculptural work pushes the boundaries of a vessel without function. Though wheel-thrown and hollow it would be, for the most part, impractical to use these forms for most material purposes. I create these forms with the intention that they're able to stand alone as works of art. I alter the form's volume, shape, and texture to create a canvas on which to glaze. Through the glazing process I create depth and contrast on the form through the use of multiple layered glazes, occasionally using more than six glazes on a single piece. Others are fired in atmospheric kilns, (wood, soda, or salt) which yield spontaneous and occasionally serendipitous results.

 
 

In contrast my functional work strikes a balance between the art and craft of ceramics. I seek to create unique forms that are not only a joy to use but also a delight to observe. Items that feels at home in your hand but also yields aesthetically pleasing intricacies that can't be observed when the item sits on a distant shelf. This can be in the form a coffee cup that is retrieved each morning for use or a tea set that only comes down on special occasions. With either the goal is the same, that the piece not only facilitates a function but also adds beauty and enjoyment to the user. My hope is to create a relationship between the form and the user, potentially changing a mundane task into a sought after experience.