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Hannah Duncan

Hannah Duncan

Hannah Duncan is a Swansea based contemporary jeweller and enamel artist. She graduated from Hereford College of Arts in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Jewellery Design. Working predominately in enamel, silver and copper she has produced jewellery collections inspired by Lunar Phases, Coastal Landscapes and Pebbles as well as a series of decorative enamelled bowls. Hannah is also the creator and curator of Quarantine Craft Fair, a popular online art fair that supported artists and makers throughout Britain during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

During the final year of her degree Hannah discovered a love of working with enamel and began a collection of jewellery based upon Carrick Shore, an area of the southwest coast of Scotland where her family owns a holiday hut. Having visited Carrick throughout her life Hannah has developed a strong emotional attachment to the area. Her designs capture the silhouettes of rocky coastlines and larger statement pieces feature the unique shapes of the ‘huts’ situated along Carrick’s coast.

Experimenting with adding texture to the enamel, many of the items have sand, collected from the beaches, fired into the surfaces. The colours, patterns and textures in this work are inspired by different aspects of the coastal environment – land, sea, sand and rock.

Since graduating Hannah has continued expanding her work inspired by British coastal landscapes, adding to her Carrick Shore designs whilst beginning other coastal collections. Having grown up in Swansea, Hannah has also explored many of Gower’s beaches and the beautiful pebbles and shells she has collected from them over the years have inspired a collection of intricate silver and enamelled jewellery. Hole-riddled, layered and some featuring Gower sand, these designs are highly tactile and evoke fond memories of beach-combing.

Almost all of Hannah’s designs are completely one of a kind. All of the jewellery is individually made with each coastline and pebble shapes cut instinctively. The surface patterns and textures informed by these shapes.