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Contact Details

Studio: Daneshay House, 69A Alma Lane , Upper Hale, Farnham, Surrey, UK, GU9 0LT. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1252 710704
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Web-site: www.duncanrossceramics.co.uk
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Last Updated: 2010-02-13

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My work is thrown and burnished using many layers of a fine terra-sigillata slip with resist and inlay decoration. Colours are achieved by smoke firing, and the decoration is developed from many sources including textiles and geometric motifs. I use only clay and smoke.

I began working with sigillata with the desire to use the simplest materials with low firing temperatures and to develop a rich surface with a combination of form and pattern that would be integral to the clay. Starting with a simple black line and dense burnished orange, I gradually experimented with the multi-layers of slip and resist to obtain a surface that has a feeling of depth, allowing the smoke process to play its essential and unpredictable part.

From highly complicated patterns using lines to create rhythms around the form this extra dimension has released my linear pattern from its stucture, allowing me to "float" shapes onto the surface.

I am always searching for development that comes from repetition; allowing the idea to flow from one group of work to the next, adding and omitting to arrive at the ideal and most natural relationship of surface to form. The pots are placed in sawdust in saggars and have several firings at various temperatures; each firing suggesting the next stage. It is the combination of the fundamental and the sophisticated that I find fascinating.

Current Work

Current Work

Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, Somerset House, London
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
The Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall.
Terra Keramiek Delft, Delft, Netherlands 

Work available from studio showroom, or via website.

Other Information:
Selected Maker on The Crafts Council of Great Britain Slide Index. Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.

History

History

1961-65 West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham: Ceramics & Printmaking.
Studied with Henry Hammond and Gwyn Hanssen-Pigott.
1966 Sussex University ATD(Dist)
1966-77 Painting and teaching in Devon.
1971-88 Worked in Education at Secondary, Further and Adult levels.
1988- present. Established ceramic workshop in Farnham, Surrey.

Books and Articles

Books and Articles

2009  Masters of Earthenware. Lark Books USA.
2008  “Smoke Firing” Jane Perryman. A & C Black . 
2006 “Art of Making” Taiwan Ceramics.  Illustrations & comment.  Issue 52.
2002 - "Ceramics Monthly" Cover Illustrations and text. Issue 56.
2001 - "The Studio Potter" No 29 Smoke Firing. Text and Illustrations.
2001 - "Ceramics Monthly" No 49 Review and Illustrations PattyWouters USA.
2001 - "La revue de la Ceramique et du Verre" No115 Review and Illus.
2000 - "Kerameiki Techni" Issue 35 Text and Illus. "Le bois le feu sigillees,patines et fumees" Catalogue.
2000 - Musee Bernard Palissy, France.

1999 - "Painted Ceramics" Colour and Imagery on Clay. by Brenda Pegrum. Crowood Press. Text and Illustrations.
1999 - "Design Sourcebook" Ceramics by Edmund de Waal. New Holland. "Ceramic Form" by Peter Lane. New Edition.
1999 - A&C Black.Text and Illus.
1998 - "Clay: Tenacious Earth". Ceramics Art and Perception. Issue 30. Article and Illustrations by Duncan Ross.
1997 - "Duncan Ross", International Ceramica. (Spain) Article and Illustrations.

1995 - "Contemporary British Ceramics". Exhibition Catalogue, Athens.
1995 - "Pots With Presence", Article by Peter Lane, Ceramic Review No.155. Cover and Illustrations.
1995 - "Korean Arts and Crafts" Seoul Vol: 85. Review and illustrations.
1995 - "Smoke Fired Pottery" by Jane Perryman. A&C Black. Featured "Folio" Artist, Text and illustrations.
1995 - "Smoke Firing" by Karin Hessenberg. Batsford. Featured maker.
1994 - "Het Atelier, Twelve Workshops", Luk Versluys. Snoeck-Ducaju and Zoon, Holland. 1993
1994 - "Designer Genes" Article by Anoop Parikh. Daily Telegraph

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

2008 - Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art. London.
2007 - Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh SOLO Show; WOCEF. 4th International Ceramics Exhibition, Seoul, S.Korea; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London.
2006 - Fine Art Society, New Bond St. London. Group Show; Woodbury Gallery, Devon. Featured Artist; New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey; Exhibitor, Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London

2005 - Contemporary Ceramics, London. SOLO Show. New Work. 'Collect' - Victoria and Albert Museum, London with Contemporary Ceramics;  'Collect - Victoria and Albert Museum, London with Contemporary Ceramics.
2004 - Eton Applied Arts '10 Year Celebration' Eton, Berkshire. Edward Nahem Gallery, New York.
2003 - Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, SOLO Show. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. Group Show.

2002 - Galerie Pierre,Paris. SOLO Show. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. "16/16." 16 Potters from 16 years; Terra Keramiek, Delft, Holland
2001 - SOFA, Chicago USA White Gallery Brighton. Candover Gallery,Arlesford; "Bowls" WDO Gallery, Charlotte, N. Carolina. US. Thomas Goode "Studio Visions" Scottish Gallery; New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. SOLO Show. Woodbury Studio Gallery, Devon
2000 - Musee Bernard Palissy, St. Avit. France. The Hart Gallery, London. "New Work" Solo Show.

1999 - Contemporary Ceramics, London. Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds; Collection Gallery, Ledbury; New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey.
1998 - The Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hants. SOLO Show. Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield.
1997 - The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.'New Work'. SOLO Show. Oxford Gallery, Oxford. SOLO Show.

1996 - Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hants. "Small in Scale";  Loes and Reinier International Ceramics, Holland. SOLO Show; The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. SOLO Show.
1995 - Athens Ceramic Association , Greece. "British Studio Ceramics";  Koln Museum, Germany. "European Ceramics Since 1950", Contemporary Ceramics, London. SOLO Show; The Hart Gallery, London. SOLO Show.
1994 - Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany. SOLO Show. Sheila Nussbaum Gallery, N.J. USA. ,Recent Works; Galerie Argile, Brussels. SOLO Show. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. "Studio Ceramics 1994".

1993 - Bonhams, London. "Decorative Arts Today". The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. SOLO Show; Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany. SOLO Show. The Oxford Gallery, Oxford. "Burnished Ceramics".
1992 - Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Awards, New Zealand.
1991 - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Showcase. Running Ridge Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Current Works". Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany. "Kunt-und-Antiquitatenmesse".
1990 - The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds. SOLO Show. Sheila Harrison Fine Art, London. SOLO Show.

Public Collections

Public Collections

Victoria and Albert Museum  London. The Potteries & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland. Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge (National Art Collections Fund), American Museum of Ceramic Art. Pomona, California.

Liverpool Museums Collection.  Lotherton Hall, Leeds City Council.Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland. South East Arts Collection, Hove Museum,Sussex. Trustee Savings Bank Collection, London. Towneley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley. Boise University Collection, Idaho, USA. 

Dundee Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. Hampshire County Council Museum Service. Musee Bernard Palissy, Saint Avit, France.  Munich Museum of Applied Arts Germany.  Cologne Museum of Applied Arts, Germany.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Terra Sigillata
Burnished