Ian Carty


Dragon Glaze is a mix of 2 glazes, the base glaze is a raku glaze that is altered to melt at a lower temperature to assist in the second process of the firing. The second is a unstable glaze that is normally considered problem or defect for most potters. Everyone of Ian’s pieces is a one of a kind work of art with enchanting surface texture, the technique Ian uses is often considered to be a glaze defect that should be avoided, however Ian has learned to use this so-called defect very effectively as an intentional decorative element.

I don’t seek in perfection in each piece, in life nothing is ever perfect,                                             if everything was perfect we could never progress or change, it is my flaws and mistakes that make me stronger, instead I appreciate the perfections in my quest for the perfect imperfection.

Ian featured in the finals on RTE 1 TV series Craft Master 2011.                                                      The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Best Products Awards Highly Commended.    National Irish Ceramics Awards 2014, Winner of the Gallery Zozimus Award. 2014                     Lissadell House Art competition 2014, Winning Sculpture Award.                                                        WB Yeats 150th Celebrations 2015, Winning Sculpture Cat & Moon.