Ian graduated from college with a degree in contemporary crafts, specialising in glass, where for his dissertation he studied various methods of making the Roman cage cup. His collection includes pieces based on these Roman cage cups, using 3D to design and print them before casting in glass. The process is a variation of the lost wax method which has been used for hundreds of years to create objects in glass and metals. Other designs are made from a cast of an airplane his grandfather made, with this design he uses cast and blown glass to create his plane in bubble collection He designs the pieces himself on a computer using 3D software and has purchased his own 3D printer so he can keep control on the items he prints, and keep the costs down rather than outsourcing. Since leaving college he has set up his own studio with a kiln creating bespoke objects and commissions in glass. In his studio he mainly casts glass objects and creates blown pieces when he has access to a hot shop.
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