cambridge contemporary crafts

Alice Duck Ceramics

Duck Ceramics is an independent pottery studio run by Alice Duck. Originally founded in a small attic room in her Bristol flat, Alice now makes and finishes each piece by hand in her Brighton studio.

The technique she use is called slip casting. Commercially this process is used, along with machines to reproduce identical copies of one product, churning out hundreds of 'perfect' duplicates. There is something satisfying about imitating the machine - but with the ability to make every product individual.

"It might be a drunk mug, or a wonky vase, or the lines may not be as straight as they 'should be' but this is why I fell in love with handmade ceramics."

Simplicity and function are at the core of the work that Alice makes. She like to re-imagine classic shapes and divert them from their original purpose into a design piece. A camping mug has been transformed into a object of delicate craftsmanship, and it's natural 'mistakes' have been left on show to celebrate the process, just as she believes they should be.

Alice's work is all watertight. 


Drippy Cup Black
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Spirit Tumbler Green
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Drippy Cup Green
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