Monroe County, Alabama


Duncan Black has had muddy hands for over 50 years throwing pots and sculpting clay with, and under the direction of, some of the South's leading potters. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and after naval service, was an advertising and public relations executive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Montgomery, Alabama. He later attended the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to learn silver-smithing and studied glassblowing and casting at the New Orleans School of Glass.

Originally inspired by the Appalachian tradition of face jugs, he has adapted the concept to sculpt one-of-a-kind clay figures and functional vessels using the quirks, tics, and humorous expressions of perfect strangers and long-time acquaintances. There are also influences of the Mexican folk potters he knew and collected over twenty years as an expatriate in that country. These are reflected in the exaggerated personalities of the folks and fantasy sea creatures that he sculpts today.

His faces are original works in semi-porcelain clay that are bisque-fired and hand-painted with acrylic stains and sealed with a high-gloss medium. The vessels are high-fired with traditional glazes.

He ricochets between an overstuffed studio barn in the black belt of Alabama and a Florida bayou cottage. His work is displayed in the Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach, Florida, the Pink Pelican Gallery in Orange Beach, Alabama, and at Blackbelt Treasures in Camden, Alabama.

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Fat Sally Face duncan black, fat sally face
Fat Sally Face Price: $135.00
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Feata (Dog) feata, dog, duncan black, clay dog
Feata (Dog) Price: $145.00
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Duncan Black: Feata (Dog); able to hang on walls 

Egg Platter  duncan black, egg platter, pottery egg platter, ceramic egg platter,
Egg Platter Price: $65.00
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Duncan Black: Egg Platter; signed by the artist

Melvin duncan black, pottery melvin, ceramic melvin, pottery mustache man,
Melvin Price: $130.00
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Duncan Black: Melvin (Mustache Man); able to hang; signed by the artist

Maurice duncan black, maurice, pottery maurice
Maurice Price: $145.00
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Duncan Black: Maurice; signed by the artist; able to hang on walls 

Abner duncan black; abner, pottery abner, abner dog cosuin, dog cousin, pottery dog cousin,
Abner Price: $145.00
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Duncan Black: Abner (Dog Cousin); able to hang on the wall; signed by the artist

Dr. Duvoc duncan black, dr. duvoc,
Dr. Duvoc Price: $155.00
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Duncan Black: Dr. Duroc (Vase); signed by the artist

Barry Cuda duncan black, barry cuda,
Barry Cuda Price: $165.00
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Duncan Black: Barry Cuda; able to hang on the wall; signed by the artist