The NWCF is pleased to honour two former Board Members whose invaluable contributions to our organization have earned them the designation of “Board Member Emeritus”
Sally Michener is an artist, educator and long-term Board member based in West Vancouver. She holds a MSW from Columbia University in New York City and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She immigrated to Canada in 1973 and taught at the Vancouver School of Art/Emily Carr University for twenty-five years. Her studio practice consists primarily of ceramic sculpture and installation-based works, which have been exhibited across Canada as well as abroad in Japan, China, the USA, Mexico and Europe. About her work, the artist states “The human body and the column are basic subjects in my work. I continue to be interested in formal, abstract composition, function and aesthetics.” Sally has received numerous Canada Council grants and awards and is a member of RCA. She has participated in ceramic residencies in Canada, Mexico and China. In 2007, she was one of ten Canadians invited to participate in a month-long residency and to create work for an international ceramic museum in Fuping, China, and, in 2009, she created a garden installation at the Burlington Art Centre in Ontario. Sally served on the Board from its inception in 1993 until 2015. For more information, please see the website of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
Tam Irving is an educator and studio potter based in West Vancouver. He is a founding member and impetus behind the formation of the NWCF. After obtaining a degree in Agriculture from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and working as a chemist for Shell Canada, he became a production potter. He began to teach in ceramics at the Vancouver School of Art/Emily Carr University in 1973, retiring in 1996 to return to his own practice. As an artist, he is “interested in the beauty that can inhere in simple objects.” He has exhibited widely including in Thrown: Influences and Intentions of West Coast Ceramics at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC in 2004, and the solo exhibition Transitions of a Still Life at the Burnaby Art Gallery in 2007. He has written for Contact Magazine and Studio Potter. His work is in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull; the Gardiner Museum, Toronto; the Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo and the Surrey Art Gallery in Surrey. Tam served on the Board from its inception in 1993 until 2010.
Past Board Members
The following individuals have served as NWCF Board members, and we thank them for their important contributions: