Penelope Duke is a New Zealand born ceramicist based in the extrordinary Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Using stoneware clays and porcelain with food safe glazes Penelope creates functional ceramic pieces intended to be useful as well as beautiful.

It was the search for stillness within a busy life that lead Penelope to ceramics and the potter’s wheel, and that now reflects heavily in the simple quiet forms and muted colours. Shadows, light and the open landscapes of the maker’s rural New Zealand upbringing also play a big part in influencing the designs. Through the use of positive and negative space the pieces are created to either be linked together in groups, or to stand alone.

Each body of work is designed around functionality, usability and simple beauty, and to be used daily within the home. 


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