Ian makes ceramic vessels destined mainly for low temperature firing techniques. Ian uses raku glazes pushed to the edge and he revels in collaborations with forces that are never entirely under his control, such as fire, chemical reduction and environmental conditions.
Ian is always experimenting with so called “modern techniques” that have only come to light in the past 10 years, his studio is located on the west of Ireland under the foot of the famous Benbulben mountain.
Ian has been a finalist in RTEs TV series Craft master in 2011, Won a highly commended Award at the RDS showcase 2014, Winner of the Gallery Zozimus Award at the National Irish ceramics awards 2014, 3rd place in the Lissadell art competition 2014, 2nd place in the YB Yeats Great 150th celebrations Art competition 2015, His work has been featured in John Goods Book The best of Irish ceramics and Ian has participated in several group and solo exhibitions since 2011. ians work has been selected to feature in Brown Thomas create 2016 top 12 crafts persons in Ireland showcasing the best of Irish craft and design
Ian Carty’s experiments with materials and firing conditions, and explorations into surface texture and color, result in unique pieces which celebrate the complex and beautiful interactions of clay, glaze and smoke.
Ian exhibits regularly in solo and group shows throughout Ireland London and the USA