Barewall were invited to see Ian's wonderful quirky and original works in clay late in 2019. His working space is completely authentic at a working pottery still complete within its Victorian buildings. The pottery is now the home of the hugely successful Moorland Pottery. Ian is part of the family and shares a similar humour. He also has his own style and talent which he expresses in these wonderful one-off sculptured figures in clay which relate to the identify of the Potteries.
Each is handmade, hand-decorated, glazed and sculpted by Ian himself. It also means that each is unique. All of the works are signed by Ian, all are made by hand in the echo of the historic pottery which was home to the likes of Susie Cooper as well as the extremely popular Stokieware range introduced by Moorland Pottery since 2010.
Ian describes "I have lived and worked in Stoke on Trent all my life. I have been working with clay for the last 28 years or so.
Upon till recently 2015, I worked for 25 years in a multipurpose Day Centre for people with a learning disability where we were lucky enough to have our own pottery workshop/art room.
So a large part of my experience of making things from clay has been in conjunction with other people.Through out the late eighties and the nineties I attended numerous pottery night classes at Newcastle College of FE.
I work from my own studio at Moorland Pottery in Burslem, where the current factory owners have very kindly provided me with an authentic late 19th century garrote-complete with a ghost of a long since expired Saggar Maker for company."
Ian further describes "The fruits of my labours can be seen at the Barewall Gallery which is also situated in the Mother Town. Many thanks to Amanda at Barewall for rescuing me from obscurity!!"