Stan Irvin, Ceramic Artist and Teacher
Stan Irvin maintains a full time studio in central Austin in Texas. He is a Professor Emeritus from St. Edward’s University where he began the ceramics program in 1976 after starting the ceramics program at Laguna Gloria Art Museum. At St. Edward's he taught primarily ceramics and clay figure sculpture courses.
Stan specializes in altered, wheel-thrown vessel forms and more recently with printing on clay. In the Austin area, Stan's work can be seen at Clayways and Sunset Canyon Pottery, in the coastal town of Rockport at Estelle Stair Gallery, at the Texas Clay Festival, and at his December home studio sale. In addition to shows, Stan teaches a variety of pottery workshops. Past awards include Best of Show at the Greater Austin Clay Arts Association and first place in the Texas Teapot Tournament. His work has been included in numerous state and national juried competitions, as well as the Art of the Pot studio tour in Austin. When not in his studio, Stan can be found out sailing on the Texas coast.
As a potter, I am primarily concerned with the vessel’s potential as a metaphor and as a vehicle for the expression of form and ideas. Nature, machines, and architecture frequently inform my process and provide inspiration. Whether sculpture or vessel, the ultimate concern for me is whether or not the work is coherent, capable of engaging the viewer’s attention and if it adds to what has been done before.
I am also interested in the informal dialogue between the vessel and its user. I feel gratified when my work can be appreciated through a tactile experience and in the intimate and celebratory reflections of others.