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

Drawings of Sculptures, NCECA , Seattle, WA

Pile, Jame Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Notes on A Walk, Solo Show, North Gallery, Ceramics and Metal Arts
Building, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA

MFA Grad Show, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

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

Teapot Stories, Crafthouse Gallery, Crafts Association of BC, Vancouver
Ceramics in Print,, The Onion, Vancouver

Wandering Arcadia, Solo Show, Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver
Emily Carr Graduate Show, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver

Cram, Co-Curator, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver

Emerging Ceramic Artists, Lafreniere and Pei, Ottawa, Ontario
The Wheel Project, The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
Fusion, Sheridan College Graduation Exhibition, The Gardiner Museum,
Toronto Graduation Show of Sheridan College of Craft and Design,
Annie Smith Gallery, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario


Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Awards and Scholarships

Vancouver City Mayor’s Award, “Emerging Studio Artist Award”,
Vancouver, Canada

Gardiner Museum, “Emerging Artist Award”, Toronto, Canada

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

Gulf Islands Community Arts Council Bursary, Salt Spring Island, BC

William and Mary Corcoran Award, Sheridan College, Ontario
Betty Cantor Silent Night Auction Award, Juried, Sheridan College, Ontario

Don McKinley Memorial Award, Sheridan College,Ontario
Tucker’s Pottery Supply Award, Sheridan College,Ontario

Crackpot Award, Sheridan College,Ontario


2001 Teapot Series, Zack Files (Television Series), Ontario

Related Work Experience

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” gordon-went.htmlJune, 2010

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

Graves, Jen., June, 2010
“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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