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Transitions of a Still Life

Ceramic Works by Tam Irving

by (author) Carol Mayer

Anvil Press Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2007
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2007
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2007
    List Price

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  • Age: 14
  • Grade: 9


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.

About the author

Carol E. Mayer is the head of the curatorial department at the Museum of Anthropology and an associate to UBC’s Department of Anthropology. Internationally known for her work as a museum curator, she has published widely on museum-related topics, curated more than 40 exhibitions and received numerous international awards and fellowships.

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Librarian Reviews

Transitions of a Still Life: Ceramic Work by Tam Irving

This book examines the work and life of BC ceramic artist Tam Irving. It was developed to accompany an exhibition of Irving’s work at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The book follows the development of Irving’s work and style from his early clay sculptures to his work as a production potter, through to his current work of pottery still lifes. Along with specifically profiling Irving, the book also discusses some of the issues in and development of modern ceramics and important figures in the movement. Details of materials and techniques are given. The book is well illustrated, with many close-up colour photographs of Tam Irving’s work that complement the text.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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