Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

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Transitions of a Still Life

Transitions of a Still Life

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Ceramic Works by Tam Irving
Tam Irving, ceramic artist, has lived in British Columbia for the past 50 years and during this time he has been at the heart of the changing social, political and cultural relationships that have informed the development of studio ceramics in this province. This beautifully illustrated book examines Tam’s craft as a unique cultural activity: one that combines both art and science to express the subtle content and sensuous tactility of vessel and sculpture. The core of the publication is about recording excellence and providing a stimulating legacy document for future scholars, artists and researchers. This book will recognize the contributions that Irving has made to the development of the ceramic medium within the province and to the larger Canadian and international ceramic community.


  • Publication: Apr 2007
  • ISBN: 9781895636826
  • Pages: 176 pp
  • Size: 9 x 9.75 inches

Carol E. Mayer is Senior Curator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, where she is responsible for the world-wide collection of ceramics. She was awarded the National Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Canadian Museums Association for her research and curating of the permanent exhibition of European ceramics at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. She has contributed to books such as The Potter's Art, Made of Clay, and Hot Clay. Mayer was a co-founder of the Northwest Ceramics Foundation (NWCF), served as its first president and continues to serve as a board member. In 2005, her support for the makers of ceramics, particularly in British Columbia, was recognised by a Lifetime Membership Award from the Potters Guild of British Columbia.

Books by Carol E. Mayer