Selected Works / Exhibitions / Biography / Available Inventory

Alwyn O’Brien
Born: 1975 Salts Spring Island, British Columbia
Resides: Salts Spring Island, British Columbia


2008-2010 MFA Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

2002-2004 BFA, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,,Vancouver, B.C.

2001 Soda Firing Workshop with Julia Galloway, Summer Session
Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.

1999-2002 Diploma, Sheridan College of Craft and Design,Oakville, Ontario

Exhibition History

BUILD: Sculptural Ceramics, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.
Can Craft? Craft Can!, Art Gallery Of Burlington, Burlington, ON.
“Groundbreaking: Innovations In Clay”, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
Oh Ceramics!, Medicine Hat, Ab, Canada

Kohila Ceramics Symposium, Kohila, Estonia
Northwest Pop Up, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

Defying Gravity: Interventions in Clay, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID

Astride the Bucket, Solo Show, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Once + Future, Red Deer Museum of Art, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Terra Linear: The Ceramic Line, Archer Gallery Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Essays in Objects, Solo Show, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Marks: Sculptors in Two Dimensions, curated by Vicki Halper for NCECA (National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts), Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Quinary Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

BC “Emerging Artist Competition” Award Exhibit, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ONT

Pile, Solo Show, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Notes on A Walk, Solo Show, North Gallery, Ceramics and Metal Arts Building, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA
“Objects of Unknowing”, MFA Grad Show, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Summer Works, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Contemporary Craft in B.C. : Excellence within Diversity. Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.

Potters and Pitchers, Crafthouse, Vancouver , B.C.
Mobile Structures, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
Built and Unbuilt, Solo Show, Prime Gallery, Toronto
Mobile Structures, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan Plume, Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC
Sex Pots II, Prime Gallery, Toronto

Tea Party VI, Prime Gallery, Toronto
New Faces, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Window Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
Beauteous, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto


Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
The Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Awards and Scholarships

2015 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
2012 North-West Ceramics Foundation Award, Vancouver, BC
2011 RBC “Emerging Artist” Competition, Nomination, Toronto, Canada
2009 Vancouver City Mayor’s Award, “Emerging Studio Artist Award”, Vancouver, Canada
2008 “Emerging Artist Award”, One of a Kind Show, Toronto, Canada
2004 One of A Kind Craft Show Award “Awarded For Best Use of Craft in Emily Carr Graduate Show”, Toronto, Canada
Circle Craft Award “Awarded for Best Use of Clay In Emily Carr Graduate Show”, Vancouver, BC
2002-2003 Gulf Islands Community Arts Council Bursary, Salt Spring Island, BC
2002 William and Mary Corcoran Award, Sheridan College, Ontario
Betty Cantor Silent Night Auction Award, Juried, Sheridan College,Ontario
2001 Don McKinley Memorial Award, Sheridan College, Ontario
Tucker’s Pottery Supply Award, Sheridan College, Ontario

Residencies and Visiting Artist

2012 1000 Miles Apart, Ceramics Conference, Regina, SK, Canada
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB. Canada
2011 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, USA
John H. Hauberg Residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Washington, USA

Related Work Experience

2011 University Of Victoria, Substitute Instructor, Victoria, B.C.
St. Georges School For Boys, Visiting Artist, Vancouver, B.C

2010 Canadian Clay Ceramics Symposium, Lecturer/Workshop Presenter, Burnaby, B.C.

2010 Emily Carr University, Special Topics Instructor, Vancouver, B.C.

2007 Surrey Art Gallery, Surface Decoration Workshop, Surrey, B.C.

2006 North Island College, Artist Lecture, Courtenay, B.C.

2006-2007 Emily Carr Institute, Sessional Ceramics Instructor, Vancouver,B.C.

2003-2007 Cedar Grove Pottery, Assistant and production potter, Galiano
Island, BC

2005-2006 Magee Secondary School, Artist in Residence, Exterior tile installation,
Vancouver, B.C.

2004 Yukon Public Art Gallery, Curatorial Internship, Whitehorse, Yukon

2004 Ceramic Surface techniques, Demonstration, Emily Carr Institute,
Vancouver, B.C.

2002 Fusion (Ontario Clay and Glass Guild) Workshop, Silk Screening on Clay,
Toronto, Ont.
J. Mitchell Gallery, Assistant Manager, Salt Spring Island, BC
Philip Beasley Project, Slip Casting Assistant, Sheridan College, Ontario

2001 Janet Morton’s House Cozy, Volunteer, Toronto Island, Ontario
Mark Egan, Potter’s Assistant, Toronto, Ontario
Katrina Chaytor Workshop, Technician, Sheridan College, Ontario

2000 Artcraft, Assistant Manager, Salt Spring Island, BC


Hackett, Regina. “What If Flash Jordan” June, 2010

Manitach, Amanda. “UW MFA Thesis Exhibition: A Few of My Favorites.” June, 2010

Graves, Jen. “Emerging Artist Competition”, Ceramics Monthly May, 2008

Cramp, Beverly. “The Art of Craft”, Galleries West, Summer edition, 2007

Cover Feature,Van Dop Arts and Cultural Guide, to British Columbia, Summer 2007

Amy Gogarty. “A Bell Rings Out”, Mobile Structures Catalogue, Mackenzie Art Gallery, 2007

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