Iain produces functional stoneware, most as one-off bespoke pieces. Iain throws stoneware pots with shino, celadon or ash-based glazes encouraging unpredictable surface colour influenced by the clay body and the firing techniques. Varying the clays and the glaze application methods constantly produce different and pleasing pastel tones with a satin-matte finish. Earth tones, satin sheens and texture from the clay body are qualities Iain enjoys in his pots.
Iain’s ceramic journey has evolved towards reduction firings with wood and or gas. His self-built gas downdraft kiln has enabled greater understanding of reduction firing schedules, process, and how this approach influences glazed ceramics. Firing with the Oxford University anagama project has furthered this understanding and he has progressed to leading firing teams. Recent work includes faceted bottles, shino glazes, ash and titanium glazes and iron slip textured forms.