Ian first became interested in ceramics after watching black and white footage of Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach wood firing a climbing kiln. Becoming involved with the Oxford Anagama project and having a pot fired in the kiln in Wytham Woods has rekindled his passion for the subject.
Ian's current work is focused on the naked Raku process, so called because it is a bare clay technique and glazed raku. When the pots are taken out of the kiln and immersed in sawdust the thermal shock makes the slip/glaze layer crack allowing carbon in through the cracks. This creates the crackle pattern on the surface of the pot.