Ivan has accumulated talents in a broad range of craft processes. The drive to seek out these skills has roots in his desire to be a better metal caster, as a great variety of materials can serve a mold pattern maker and furnace fabricator who can manipulate them. In addition to completing an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in sculpture and earning vocational diplomas in industrial maintenance, machine, and welding technologies, he also has journey-level recognition as a Foundry Patternmaker from the California Department of Industrial Relations and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). These experiences have provided him with well-rounded knowledge in many building materials and tools that he has used to contribute to studio operations, manufacturing, and industrial arts faculty roles.
While Ivan's longest-running love affair to date is with sculpture, he also enjoys self-care through fitness and indulging his inner child with his nephews.