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COLIN DUNCAN joined Lorena Angulo's group

Behind the Brooch part 2

I am happy to share with all of you more images of wonderful brooches from artists around the word. I had so many submissions on my first call that I had to create a second part exhibition. This exhibition focuses on a side of the brooch we usually do not pay much attention to: the back side. Our first look is naturally always trained at the front, but when we do take the time to look at the back of a brooch, it will oftentimes reveal a surprising aspect for us, a delightful little secret. With…See More
Dec 14, 2013
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The British are Coming an on-line exhibition of British base Silversmiths

An online exhibition of Silversmiths who currently reside and practice in the UK. The goal is to show the best current contemporary silversmith work from the UK. This exhibition aims to explore if there is a specific British silversmith style that is different from silversmithing styles in other countries.The works submitted have been made from 2011 onwards.Photo left:David Clarke , "INSALTED"Sterling Silver, table salt.10cm x 10cm x 5cmPhotography: David Clarke…See More
Oct 12, 2013
COLIN DUNCAN joined Jivan Astfalck's group

MakeWay - BIAD MA 2013

MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products is the title of our course programme, which the jewellers and designer-makers featured below have experienced. This is however a very limited and traditional description when one considers the wide variety of studio methods, artefacts and products that are within the province of the designer who has knowledge and expertise in the area of personal ornaments, body signification and decorative metal objects. The variety of materials,…See More
Sep 23, 2013
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Collect_ive 'A New Generation of British Art Jewellers'

Eight contemporary British jewellers have come together to exhibit at the 11th edition of the prestigious SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair in Amsterdam from 1st – 4th November. Each with our own style, voice and specialism, Collect_ive aims to promote British art jewellery to a wider audience. We are Farrah Al-Dujaili, Laura Bradshaw-Heap, Melanie Codarin, Katie Lees, Yu-Ping Lin, Grace Page, Natalie Smith and Anna Wales.Together we use a variety of mediums and subjects within our…See More
Oct 18, 2012
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FERROUS - A Cooperative Exhibition between Velvet Da Vinci Gallery and crafthaus.

“Ferrous”- A Cooperative Exhibition between Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, SF and crafthaus. Exhibition dates: March 1 - April 14, 2013Simultaneous exhibition at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, SF and crafthaus (online)!See More
Jul 30, 2012
COLIN DUNCAN joined Charity Hall's group


Scrounging for materials and tools is a central part of my studio practice, and there are great bargains to be found!  In the past year, I’ve purchased a nice amount of silver for about $2/ounce, received several pounds of enamels, and refurbished hundreds of rusty chasing tools.  Luck has a lot of influence, and the generosity of donors cannot be understated, but there are also strategies involved to help make oneself luckier as well. This blog will also promote recycling and reusing by…See More
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40mm disc

work in progress, just to see what happens to the surfaces when barreled in ceramic chips - - for more
Sep 11, 2011
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Aug 27, 2011

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...fascination with fire, and the alchemy of melting stuff.

Currently, I produce pieces of jewellery using a material combining alloys of different melting points. The colours are created by polishing and heating. I use a mixture of found and specially distorted objects as the basis for the shapes you see on the surface. I create my own exotic alloys to achieve a greater choice of colours. The material is fused into ingots and then sliced, machined and formed.

Geological processes are the nearest analogy for my work, with materials being, crushed, distorted, melted, folded, fused, eroded and oxidised. The cross sections of 3 dimensional forms generate intriguing and enigmatic shapes similar to the imagery generated by scientific/medical scanning technologies and histology. Given the the distortions and inter-penetration of materials, there is something of the liquid origins of the material in each piece.

The process of slicing or sectioning can produce serial imagery on the faces of each cut and the possibility of a developing narrative. Similarly it also produces mirror imagery between opposing faces.

..and here's the slightly less po faced version from etsy...

"At a certain point after much melting, cutting, welding, hammering and polishing, I gently heat the almost finished piece and watch the colors and patterns come to life. - .

If I do not think to myself "Wow!" at that point, then it goes back into the metling pot! "

Introduction to Teaching in Further Education, Telford College 2004
Introduction to Welded Metal Sculpture, Telford college 1979
MA Design, Glasgow School of Art 1989 - 1991
BA Hons 1st class, Product Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1981 - 1984
1st Year Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art 1979 - 1980


David Canter Memorial Fund, Metal, Devon Guild of Craftsmen. 2002
Sir Harry Barnes Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art. 1991
Travelling Scholarship, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1984


National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
Artimidorus, London.
Castle Gallery, Inverness.
Godfrey & Watt, North Yorkshire.
Verandah, Oxford.


Tyne & Wear Development Corporation: brooches based on company logo.
Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh): jewellery, signage based on chameleon logo.
Expocolour (Edinburgh): sculpture based on company logo, 2.5m.
Music Mill (Edinburgh): signage & individual free-standing interior lighting products.
Pointsize (Edinburgh): tabletop sculpture for client presentation.
Amos Haniff (Edinburgh): display vitrines.
Tony Walker Interiors (Edinburgh): Sculpture.
Fopp (Aberdeen): signage based on company logo.
Lodge Restaurant (Edinburgh): sculptural lighting based on hunting trophy animal heads.
Page and Park Architects (Glasgow): luminaires.
Domestic furniture and lighting for individual private clients.
Your website, DIRECT flickr or DIRECT facebook links where your work can be seen.


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At 9:29am on December 2, 2013, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through December 15, 2014.
Enjoy crafthaus!

At 7:16am on September 15, 2010, anne havel said…
love your work and ideas. fantastic.
At 7:39am on September 14, 2010, Natalie Smith said…
Thanks, you are the first person to pick up my reference!
At 9:09am on March 17, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
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At 9:56am on February 21, 2010, COLIN DUNCAN said…
Hey Alison, I think i'll need to hang up my blowtroch to achieve any sort of green credential - I would feel a bit of a fraud presenting myself to The Portal. Curiously, St mary's street shops were the first place to sell my work about '86 to '89. The work then was more 'green' - constructions of found stuff, mostly riveted/screwed/glued.

I have gone on to develop a nasty habit of melting stuff

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