Ira Burhans is drawn to classic Japanese pottery and the simple shapes and glazes seem to fit those pots so well. The notion of the humble potter making pots for everyday use was very appealing to him. Over the course of 30 plus years he has found the relationship between form, texture and glaze to be both challenging and interesting.
His current work is made with stoneware clay and is functional by nature. He tries to create the concept of movement by altering the thrown pot with hand-built elements, carving the surface and glazes. He is influenced by the natural scenes around him in Florida where he resides, the ocean nearby, and the garden around his studio.
He makes his pottery to be used and also to be aesthetically pleasing. His pottery is primarily functional, because he wants it to be a part of your everyday life.