Blue Target, 2021, underglaze slips with impressed coloured grogs, clear glaze. Photo: Tam Irving.
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, serving on the Board from its inception in 1993 until 2010. 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. 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. 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.