With a background in product design and applied art, Ian employs a mix of industrial design and craft skills to his work – producing installations, studio editions and developing shapes, materials and techniques for industry. Ian has collaborated with Another Country, Wrong for HAY, The London Design Festival, Officine Panerai and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In 2006 Ian gained a first class degree in Three Dimensional Design from Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2010 he received an MA in Applied Art from the Royal College of Art, London. He is visiting lecturer to Kingston University and the Royal College of Art and a founding member of Studio Manifold who are based in Hackney, East London. He is currently studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jerwood Makers Commission
The Jerwood Makers Open is a major initiative in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme and recognises rising stars in the world of applied arts. The selected artists are commissioned to produce work for an exhibition at the Jerwood Space in London, before touring the UK.
Selected by… Limoncello gallery
A group exhibition of ceramic-based work, curated by Michael Marriott and Jesse Wine.
Candela for The London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Designed a site-specific installation in the Tapestries gallery of the V&A in collaboration with Felix de Pass and Michael Montgomery
Invited to show work at ‘blickfang selected’ 2014 in Munich, Stuttgart and Basel. Curated by Nils Holger Moorman, Percy Thonet, Alexander von Vegesack and Sebastian Wrong.
Mediums 1 for Wrong for Hay
Designed the principal collection of tableware ceramics for Wrong for Hay
Awarded the Jerwood Makers Commission and exhibition tour for 2015.
Selected for the British Ceramics Biennial Award Exhibition.
Series One Pottery for Another Country was nominated for Best British Design at the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2012.
Highlighted by the Crafts Council as “amongst some of the most promising makers who are applying their training and skills in new and exciting ways”.
Isaac Button was an English Country Potter who died in 1969. He was a production craftsman and a one-man factory. He was the only remaining potter left to operate the Yorkshire-based Soil Hill Pottery following the first world war. There, he gained a notoriety for his speed of production, known for throwing a ton of clay, equating to 1,200 pots, in a day.
He mined, processed, fabricated, and sold his wares, which were largely for cooking, brewing, storing grain and feeding chickens – they were intended for utility. I’m interested in the constraints he was working with, Button bridged a gap between design and production and here his processes and products were subject to continual evolution and refinement driven by speed and dexterity.
His resulting work was full of subtle deviations and finger marks from brisk handling. These produce an unassuming and transparent quality, not least because they manifest within highly functional and seemingly anonymous objects.