Ian Currie..... lives and works in Queensland, Australia, on a community at Maryvale about an hour and a half's drive from Brisbane. He has been studying and working with clay and glazes for over 30 years.
In 1971-2 he spent over a year in Japan studying many aspects of Japanese ceramics, including their approach to glazes. Upon his return to Australia, he made a living producing functional handmade stoneware and porcelain.
His interest in glazes eventually led to lecturing in the subject Australia-wide. In 1980 he founded a correspondence course in Stoneware Glazes for the Australian Flying Arts School ( now Flying Arts Inc.) and taught this course for several years. He was also a flying pottery lecturer with AFAS during this period.
He is best known for the method he has developed over the years for studying glazes - a very efficient systematic technique that quickly reveals glaze principles while discovering beautiful glazes, and explained in his books. His original book, "Stoneware Glazes - A Systematic Approach" presents his "grid method" in the original format which was Seger-formula-based. It also provides in the second half a comprehensive study of specific stoneware glaze types, both traditional and modern. His latest book is "Revealing Glazes - Using the Grid Method". Here he uses a recipe-based system which makes the grid method more accessible to potters with an aversion to chemistry and calculations. It also extends the grid method to cover a full range of firing temperatures
He occasionally lectures and runs workshops in Australia and overseas. He conducts workshops in the U.S. each year in the fall.
These days he spends most of his time writing and teaching, makes pots for pleasure only, and enjoys singing a-cappella.