Ivan has spirit. He is quirky, sculptural and has a big community focused heart. He bought a derelict building in a run down part of Wanganui, painted it bright orange and started work on a community garden immediately. After a few hits and misses of plants being destroyed and taken, it is now a very proud part of the community that has adopted their funky artist, who happens also to be the person who threw all of the tableware for "The Hobbit" Series. How cool is that! ARTFORM
All my creative work starts with a clear mind, with no preconceived ideas and nor do I use drawings to develop work. I start with nothing and let spontaneity form something new and only later does the mind come in to resolve practical and technical issues. I start to work with either flat sheets of rolled clay or extruded pipes or hand built elements. Usually I just start to work a piece until it has a line or curve which I like, this then leads to the next part which leads to the next. After the form is finished it is left to dry for a week and then it is fired to 1000 degrees to turn the work into a ceramic. Now the work can be glazed and fired to 1200 degrees, this temperature matures the clay-body and glaze making it strong and able to with stand the elements.
I am a modernist, I love simplicity, beauty and abstraction. I aim for my work to be dynamic, energetic and positive. Primarily I focus on ceramic sculpture and oil painting, but I also relish making practical craftwork, this is divided between slip-casting porcelain and the potters wheel. I formulate and make all my glazes and porcelain.
Born in Prague 1975, our family moved to New Zealand in 1981. I started full-time painting 20 years ago and ceramics 12 years ago. I worked full-time for two years making all the pottery for the Hobbit films. Now living in Castlecliff, Whanganui where I have my workshop and gallery.