View Image Gallery Ivar Mackay(Full member)Tel: +0033 (0)468 692272 Email: Web: www.ivarmackayporcelain.co.uk
I work within the classic tradition of wheel-thrown ceramics. My medium is porcelain and I use a blend of Limoges, mixed with other porcelain bodies to achieve a high level of translucency. I seek painterly effects in my glazes and prefer the natural characteristics of reduction firing to augment the decorative process. Whilst I aim for control in my forms I attempt to induce elemental or spontaneous qualities in my glazes.
Hand thrown signature-piece studio porcelain in Limoges and blended
porcelain bodies. I usually work to exhibition or commission.
Propane gas fired kiln. Reduction glazes to 1290c. I look for painterly
characteristics in glaze quality and I specialise in classic and
variant forms of celadon, copper red, tenmoku, cobalt and crackled
cream glazes created out of an ongoing process of experimentation.
Born: 1950, York
2003 - "Sky After Rain - Studio Porcelain by Ivar Mackay", Matthew
Blackman, A-N for Artists July 2003; "All Fired Up", Jane Pikett,
Exclusive Magazine July/August 2003; "Ivar Mackay: Sky After Rain",
Julia Palmer, Ceramic Review September/October 2003; "Ivar Mackay"
Upfront Review, Ceramics Monthly December 2003; "Ivar Mackay Profile",
Chitose Uchida, www.e-yakimono.net
History of Shire Pottery
Shire Pottery was established in Tynedale, in the heart of rural
Northumberland, in 1982 by Ivar Mackay and his partner Francesca Wedel.
In October 1999 Her Grace the Durchess of Northumberland opened our first exhibition of paintings and porelain at Alnwick.
After forty-six exhibitions of contemporary art, we closed our gallery doors in January 2006 to concentrate on Ivar’s burgeoning external exhibition programme, although we do still welcome visitors by appointment to Ivar’s home studio (see above).
1976 - Loot, Goldsmith's Hall Silver Snuff boxes
Notes on Glazes
1998 - Business Link, Northumberland, support for export promotion material.
Museo Nacional de Cerámica "González Martí", Valencia, Spain
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Ivar Mackay & Francesca Wedel, (Ivar Mackay Porcelain), Le Fanal, Village, Seignalens, France, 11240.
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Telephone: +0033 (0)468 692272
Availability: View the work of Ivar Mackay at his home studio by appointment during normal working hours. Please telephone or email in advance to arrange a visit.
Once settled in France Ivar will continue to work in porcelain, however he also intends to revisit two former passions - painting and silversmithing.
Ivar's porcelain will still be available from his regular UK outlets and from exhibitions - please check our website at www.ivarmackayporcelain.co.uk for details. We can also ship Ivar's work, subject to availability, to anywhere in the world. Full French contact details will be posted on their website in September.
Last Updated: 2011-10-18