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Ian Steele (-2011)Image Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Chudleigh, Devon, UK, TQ13 0HX.
Web-site: www.iansteele.me.uk
Availability: Sadly, Ian died on Friday 13 may 2011. A very talented potter and artist he will be much missed.
Last Updated: 2014-01-14

Career Background

Career Background

I am a Canadian artist, graduating from Vancouver School of Art in 1961, I then came to England to work with Bernard Leach in St Ives.

My pottery is the result of 45 years of mostly gradual development. It comes directly from but is also different to those early efforts both at art college and the years at the Leach Pottery. There is a connecting thread between the pots I produced in my earliest years to the pots I produce now, plus all the influences in between. It is present in all the decisions that go into making a pot - choice of materials, choice of products, choice of clay bodies, glazes, textures, finishes and colours, balance of function and non-function.

However my pottery has always come from a base of function even if sometimes the connections are a bit tenuous.

In small ways, I am constantly evaluating and developing my practice since pottery, like painting or sculpture, should never stand in the same place for too long.

My work is held in private and public collections both in Canada and Britain.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Worked in stoneware and porcelain, sometimes mixing these two clay bodies together, maybe adding things such as paper to leave voids.

The glazes are either traditional ‘Leach' glazes or ones that I have developed over time.

All are fired in a reduction gas fired updraft kiln.

Current Work

Current Work

Studio pottery, reduction fired stoneware and porcelain.