Ian Garrett is inspired by prehistoric pottery as well as the traditional techniques of the Zulu people. After his formal training he was apprenticed to the famous Zulu potter Nesta Nala for a year. He incorporated the skills he learned from Nesta into a highly refined version of his own, which nevertheless pays homage to Zulu form, pattern and technique.
His works are hand-built using the coil and pinch method. They are smoke-fired and are burnished with agate pebbles to create a lustrous sheen and to enhance the surface patterns and textures.