Duckworth (born 1919) is a ceramic artist with an aesthetic
language like no other. Working in porcelain, she creates soft,
serene pieces reminiscent of bone, where form, material and expression
Duckworth fled her homeland Germany in 1936 to initially settle
in the UK, where she studied sculpture. In 1964, she moved to the
US, where she has been successful working in clay. Although Duckworth
has had several large architectural commissions, she is perhaps
best known for her smaller, distinct porcelain works. Her work seems
to reflect some of the European sensibilities also present in works
of other middle European emigrés such as Hans
Coper or Lucie Rie.
"Duckworth manages to distill the very essence of morphological
experience and sensation into these undemonstrative, abstract sculptures".
(Peter Lane, Contemporary
Porcelain, Craftsman House, 1995)
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