We are a family-owned business that was started by my grandmother Erma Duncan in 1946. She enjoyed and used many artistic mediums, such as watercolors and oils, but her number one love was always the ceramic arts. The transformation of the ceramic piece during the firing process completely captivated her—a true ugly duckling to beautiful swan story!

She grew from eager hobbyist and student, to enthusiastic teacher, to successful studio owner, then distributor and finally manufacturer. The very first teacher and studio business actually began in the family garage!

The business quickly grew and, with the constant support of my grandfather Lee Duncan and my father Bob Duncan and Uncle Dick Duncan, it evolved from studio to distributorship to developing our own quality formulas and producing and selling our manufactured products first domestically, then internationally.

I officially joined the company when I was 15 years old, working part-time in almost all the different departments throughout high school and college. I became President in 1983 and Chairman in 2012. Today, our children Hawk and Summer are also learning the family business, adding a 4th generation to this story.

We have maintained our focus over the years on the joys of creative expression, innovation and consistent quality products, combined with education and premium customer service. We know it is not just one of these things, but all of these things that ultimately enable you to experience the true joy of creativity and realize your own part in living a creative life.

We truly believe in our Mission Statement that Duncan makes it Easy to Experience Creativity. We start every leadership meeting here at Duncan with our Mission Statement, and it drives our actions on a daily basis. This is the real gift from my grandmother that we are privileged to provide to you today.

Our website  www.ilovetocreate.com celebrates our goal of providing you with creative inspiration, clear and easy directions, and education to grow your love of creativity with others.  We hope you share what you’re creating, and continue to enjoy and trust the quality of our products.

We’d love to hear from you!


Larry Duncan
Chairman of the Board