Meet the Maker Ian Carty, Ceramicist

Posted 28.03.23

Meet the Maker Ian Carty, Ceramicist

Ian makes ceramic vessels destined for low temperature firing techniques employing raku glazes pushed to the edge, Ian revels in collaborations with forces that are never entirely under his control, such as smoke fire and chemical reduction and environmental conditions. Tirelessly experimenting with materials and firing conditions, these explorations of texture andcolor result in unique pieces which celebrate the complex and beautiful interactions of clay, glaze and smoke. Ian is an award-winning ceramic artist, Ian exhibits regularly throughout Ireland, the UK and the USA.

What's a typical day in the studio like for you?

I like to start early and when everything is quite I enjoy my time to reflect on the challenges of the day, I set myself new goals each month to push new techniques and explore my inspirational ideas. to make is not what i have done but rather what i am going to do next.

What do you like most about your work?

I like the response when someone finds a connection to a piece, the joy it can deliver keeps me going. i don't think about the pieces i made in the past but look forward to making the next piece.

What do you like least about your work?  

The first few weeks making something new can be a challenge on the body and mind, however soon as we find the balance everything falls into place.

What's your favourite craft item in your home?

I have a collection of Michael Kennedy mugs from when i worked with him and i keep them away in a box, unfortunately Michael passed away so they would mean a lot to me.

What advice would you give someone who is considering this craft career?  

Have confidence in yourself and don't give up, its a lot of hard work, also think different.

What's your favourite time of the day? 

Evening time when I can wind down and think about the positive results of the day.

How do you switch off?

Hillwalking and Driving my car.

How do you start your day?

I have a to do list and a wall planer that I check to make sure I don't forget things , doesn't work lol

What's the first thing you do when you leave the studio?

I turn my car around because I always forget my wallet or phone , i do be thinking about making stuff

Favourite book?

Fired up with Raku

Favourite film?

First Blood Rambo

Best concert you have ever been to?


Favourite meal?


Music when you're working?


What do you listen to?

Playlists without adds

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