Artist Statement

Ian Harris Ceramics
Ian Harris Ceramics

I work in an intuitive way, constantly sketching and exploring ideas — “thinking on paper”. Initial themes are often developed from small, observed details of natural forms — a “y” shaped crack in a tiny pebble; the fractured elements of a broken shell; the worn layers of an ancient stone.

Nothing is treated literally and every piece is individually created. These are just the starting points for exploring and improvising around various themes, some of which have been developed over many years.

Ian Harris Ceramics
Ian Harris Ceramics

Each piece of work dries slowly and naturally in the old stone built blacksmiths forge which is my workshop and gallery. I enjoy the gradual development of each item, coiling, beating and scraping the individual forms over many days, whilst exploring the textures and characteristics of the different clay bodies that I use.

As well as new work being constantly on show at the workshop, I have exhibitions at galleries around the country, and regularly sell through major ceramic fairs and arts festivals. My work has also gone to private collections in America, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany and Holland.