Duncan Gowdy

Duncan W. Gowdy

"I want people to enjoy living with my furniture as much as I enjoy making it."

Duncan Gowdy enjoys finding alternative functional uses for objects. He aims to find objects whose forms will inspire the design and function of a piece of furniture. Gowdy often finds objects for potential works while looking through books (and turning them upside down), going through old barns, looking through antique stores, or stumbling upon something around his house.

The basic forms of Early American folk art influence Gowdy's object-inspired work. He combines several construction methods, including mortise-and-tenon joinery, metal work, turning, and hand- and machine-shaping.

Duncan Gowdy earned his BFA in furniture design from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MFA in furniture design from San Diego State University. Gowdy has made and exhibited his work throughout the United States for more than twenty years.

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M Coat Rack
Wood Coat Rack

$ 2,500
Spring
Wood Coat Rack

$ 1,950
Autumn
Wood Coat Rack

$ 2,350
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Finalist, Artists Fellowship Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2015

"Cabinets of Curiosity," Wharton Esherick Museum, Malvern, PA, 2014

"Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State," Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, 2013

Award of Distinction, CraftBoston, 2012

"National Treasures: History in the Making," Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, 2011

Collections