News from around the studio

tang silver jar
March 2017
This recently finished jar is part of a series I'm working on based on the Tang Dynasty forms that I enjoyed so much when I was first starting out in pottery. I made frequent visits to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto when I was growing up to see the fine collection of Asian art in their collection. The Tang and Song Dynasties were, and still are, a particular inspiration.

This jar is about 30 cm tall, and has a trailed black glaze with a post firing addition of silver leaf.

During the first couple of months of the year I usually take a slower pace than usual in the studio, and work on longer term type pieces. It's a nice time of year for reflection, and plan for the coming months. We are starting to see some early signs of spring.

One of my astro photos of a lunar halo is published in the March edition of Sky and Telescope Magazine, and the March/April edition of SkyNews Magazine — on news stands now.

I'm pleased to have several photographs included in a new book on contemporary photography, PhotoViz, by the Berlin based publisher, Gestalten. From the book description, "PhotoViz explores the intersection of photography, infographics, and data visualization. Combining cutting-edge technologies and classic photographic techniques enables us to tell stories and visualize information more powerfully and compactly than ever."

One of my photographs, "Moths to Light" was featured in National Geographic Magazine. Prints of this photograph are available through the National Geographic Print Store. National Geographic also used one of my firefly photographs recently in one of their News Watch items. Another of my firefly photos appears at the end of this engaging TED Talk by biologist, Sara Lewis.

  • Upcoming Events:
    • Photography as an Instrument of Understanding The Bluewater Association for Lifelong Learning, January 4, 2018. I'll be presenting a two hour illustrated lecture in Owen Sound about finding creative outlets, and personal insights through photography.
    • Fifty Years in Clay Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery London ON opening November 7, 2018. This exhibition will mark my fifty years of working with clay as a potter.
  • See you next month!

    Steve Irvine
    484068 Cape Road
    Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
    Canada N0H 2T0