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Ian Storey

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Artwork for Ian Storey

Australian Brown Mallee Burr bowl 280 x 260 x 45mm. Slight scorch mark from Australian bushfire kept as a feature and reminder.

English Yew - 345 x 150mm with a central hole of 160 x 30mm. The large void made it a tricky piece to turn.

English Yew Vase shape with voids. 220 x 145mm, hollowed to 185mm deep.

English Yew live edge pot. 195 x 125mm with a central hole of 140 x 40mm.


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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I love wood. More so, wood with interesting"defects" and the challenges they pose to create something of beauty and to a high quality.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

To create. It is what I do on stage and in my workshop. I may look at a piece of wood on and off for days until I decide how and where to cut to maximise the possibilities. Even with planning sometimes the idea changes as I work on it. the same with singing an opera role..... the basic material is the same but the interpretation develops.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I originally trained in design, cabinet making and wood-turning . For the last 30 years I have been an International Opera singer, specialising in the heavier lead roles such as Otello, Tristan, singing in leading houses around the world. Due to Covid, Opera is on an indefinite pause. I set up my workshop again in January 2021. I have sold pieces here, in Belgium and the US. I work in wood under the name Ian Storey Creations. So I don't really know what I can call myself..... the similarities between my two creative endeavours are quite astounding.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I taught design for 9 years before starting my career in Opera. I restarted in my workshop during lockdown and so have not formulated any ideas for workshop or any teaching.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

B.A Hons Design from Loughborough
DLitt - "for outstanding contribution to Opera" also from Loughborough

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

No exhibitions yet. My first will be in London in June this year.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Through my website, Instagram and Etsy - I am in the process of developing the marketing side.

Venues Confirmed: 

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