Arts Council of Wales | Duncan Ayscough
Creative Wales Awards 2011/12

Duncan Ayscough

Applied Arts & Craft

Duncan-AyscoughSince graduating from the Masters Programme in Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Duncan has worked consistently as both an educator in Higher Education and as a practicing ceramic artist.

He has established his home and studio for the past fifteen years in rural Carmarthenshire. He has exhibited his work extensively both nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.

Through his work Duncan strives to create artefacts that are rooted in the history and traditions of the ceramic vessel and yet present this view with objects which are simultaneously familiar and mysterious, strong and fragile, passive and dynamic.


It is Duncan’s aspiration that his work embodies the narrative of its making; to communicate the values of its material and the process of making. It is this fluid discourse between process, concept and material, which lies at the heart of his practice.

duncan-ayscough-3-long-necked-formsHe is particularly interested in moving further from the constraints of the vessel and towards the exploration of pure form in order to extend the dynamic narratives in objects and groups of objects.

Formalist sculptural values underpin his creative practice, the relationships of interior to exterior and the boundaries that separate them. These values also represent territory to which Duncan wants to extend, especially in regard to the use of colour, creating heightened contrast between the muted ceramic tones associated with his previous works and use of bold block colour.

Through innovations such as this he aspires to challenge the audience of his work both perceptually and physiologically in how they experience the artefacts.

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