Ian Steele: Biography

Ian Steele a Canadian artist, born in Saskatchewan but raised on the West Coast.  he graduated from Vancouver School of Art in 1961, specialising in ceramics, and then travelled to St Ives to apprentice with Bernard Leach for two years, 1963-65, and worked as a staff potter from 1967-69. He returned to Canada to run his own pottery at Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island but came back in 1977 to live and work in Chudleigh, Devon.

His work is held in private collections in Canada, France and the United Kingdom.



The Leach Legacy: St Ives Pottery and its influence: Marion Whybrow 1996

Leach Pottery St Ives: Marion Whybrow 2006

BC Potters: March 2006, volume 42 no 3

Thrown: March 2008, Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Canada


Recent Exhibitions Include:



'I Send You This', The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon, August 2004

  The Great Barn, Higher Ashton

'Thrown', Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Canada

'Embodiments', Exeter Natural Health Centre, Exeter, November/December 2004

Ian Steele: Studio Pottery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon, November 2004

'All Wrapped Up', The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon, November 2004



'Embodiments', Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, May 2005

Summer Show, Art Terracina, Exeter, Devon, Summer 2005

'The Art Bar', The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon, August 2005

'Embodiments', Bridgwater Arts Centre, Somerset, November 2005



'Embodiments', Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, March/April 2006

'Ian Steele: Studio Pottery & Life Studies', Camelford Gallery, Camelford, Cornwall, June 2006

  Camelford Gallery

'Summer Exhibition', Camelford Gallery, Camelford, Cornwall, August 2006

'Open Studios: Ian & Barbara Steele', Chudleigh, Devon, September 2006



Devon Art Works: Devon's annual open studios event, September 2007

Town Mill Galleries

'Ian & Barbara Steele', Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, Dorset, October/November 2007

'Christmas Exhibition', Coombe Farm Gallery, Dittisham, Devon, November/December 2007



Artists of the South West - Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. April 2011