Ian took his first pottery course in 1975 and has been involved with clay ever since. He has taught children, teen and adult classes and workshops in both Alberta and British Colombia and in Mexico. His work consists mainly of functional ware. In addition to throwing on the wheel, he uses a slab roller and an extruder to allow greater flexibility and variety in his work. He has served to promote ceramic arts in several organizations, Parkland Potters Guild in Alberta, Nanaimo Potters Guild, Arrowsmith Potters Guild and the Tozan Cultural Society.