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Duke’s forms are all vaguely familiar, almost nameable as bits of architecture or other construction forms, but also oddly removed from reality in material and color in a playful manner. They are crisp, solid, and anchored but their physical tension suggests that they may move at any moment.
Left: Deadman, 6 ft. (1.8 m) in height, handbuilt terra-cotta clay, cone 06 glaze, Black Terra rope, hardware, rubber, 2013.
Below left to right: Ferrule, Strut, and Channel, to 7 ft. (2.1 m) in length, handbuilt terra-cotta clay, cone 06 glaze, rope, hardware, 2013.