Ian Stainton

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Ian Stainton (1958-) was born in Kendal, England and reared in Shap, England. He received his undergraduate art degree from Carlisle College, Cumbria, England, where he met one of his important mentors Peter Liddle, who was a painting instructor at Carlisle. The year of 1974 marks his first year in the clay medium. He would go onto work from several studios in Europe before migrating to the United States. He is primarily a functional artist, who works in stoneware and porcelain, as well as he has experimented with primitive firing techniques. Powerful functional forms with a superbly executed glaze arsenal make him a standout artist of the Modern Studio Movement. His important work was included in the seminal references: The Art of Contemporary Pottery by Hluch, 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of Timeless Design, 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace, 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics by Don Davis. A portion of his exhibition record includes: Strictly Functional National, Pennsylvania and Hub-Robeson Galleries at Pennsylvania State University. In 2009, he was awarded a $500 prize by juror Michael Cohen for his entry in the Vasefinder Nationals.  His work is in the permanent collection of Clay Times.

Artist's Objects


Item:  Jar Form

Dimensions:  6.25 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide

Price: SOLD to Genoa, Nevada

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Item: Ikebana with Metal Frog

Dimensions: 1.625 inches tall by 4.125 inches wide

Price: $28.00 plus s/i

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