Shawn Ireland

Shawn Ireland

Shawn Ireland is a North Carolina potter whose work contains both history and wonder. He creates pieces that are sculptural yet functional, with a foundation in folk tradition.

He makes his home close to the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts, where he was a resident artist for three years. Shawn incorporates many materials from this region into his works which adds a rustic charm and a deep sense of place. The clay body is hand-mixed and augmented with local minerals and soils. His glazes are composed of local feldspar, ball clay and ash from his wood stove. The kiln is fueled with wood salvaged from burn piles at nearby sawmills.

The combination of wood flame and ash can produce colors and surfaces reminiscent of objects found in nature. Like these objects, wood fired pots can look similar to each other, but never identical. The variation and unpredictability of the final glaze is for Shawn, the most exciting part of the whole process.

“I find beauty in the simplicity and usefulness of folk pottery. To me, pots from pre-industrial cultures worldwide embody the spirit of a life less encumbered.…The ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world.”
Recently, Shawn has begun living in Italy part time & teaching painting. His time there exploring rustic Italian pottery has ignited a new passion for adding figurative and sculptural elements to his functional ware.

We are now representing Shawn Ireland’s drawings: http://www.amerifolk.com/artists/shawn-ireland-2/

Selected Works

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Two of a Kind Square Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 7" tall, 4 1/2" squared
$125.- (SIP1714)

Black Pearl Rooster Bowl

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 7" tall
$120.- (SIP1715)

Creamy Footed Square Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 6 1/2" tall, 3 1/4" squared
$110.- (SIP450)

Birds of a Feather Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 11" tall
$175.- (SIP1716)

Three Section Ibis Tray

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 3 1/2" wide X 14 3/4" long
$150.- (SIP1687)

Shapely Vase w/ Dots

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 13" tall
$155.- (SIP449)

Gourd Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 11 1/2" tall
$135.- (SIP1680)

Viking Dish

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional.
size: 12 1/8" from tip to tip
$160.- (SIP1708)

Voluptuous Vase

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired. Fully Fuctional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 11" tall
$150.- (SI429)

Pearly Pasta Bowls

North Carolina hand-dug wild clay, wood-fired stoneware. Fully Functional and Dishwasher safe.
size: 8 1/2" diameter
$48.- EA, 2 available (SIP478)