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Alvin F Irving

Contemporary sculptor and ceramicist, Cumbria, UK

About the Artist 

Alvin F Irving is an award winning ceramic artist and water colourist from Lancaster, UK


His hand thrown and hand painted contemporary ceramics in porcelain and white earthernware are decorated with wry imagery with pictorial underglaze brushwork.


Irving studied studio and industrial ceramics at Lancaster Art College and previously worked as an artist and pattern designer for the Jersey Pottery and for the famous Coalport pottery in Stoke on Trent.

His work is held in the collections of the Topfereimuseum,  Raeren, Belgium, Metropolitan University of Manchester, The Potteries Museum, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, The Celestial Seasonings Teapot Collection, Boulder U.S.A. and The Lancaster City Museum

Background History

Lancaster Art College, 1969-74. Kendal Grammar School, 1964-69
1981 to present day, independent Artist & Ceramicist.
1979-80. Artist & Pattern Designer, Jersey Pottery.
1975-79. Artist & Pattern Designer Coalport China Ltd, Longton, Stoke on Trent



2019 Topfereimuseum Raeren Belgium.

2019 Celebrating Ceramics Waterperry Oxford.

2018, 2019 Art in Clay Hatfield House

2018,2019 GNCCF Deansgate Manchester

2017, 2018, 2019 KERAMISTO,Milsbeek NL.

2018 Goudse Keramiekmarkt Swalmen .NL

2016 invited to demonstrate at ART IN ACTION , Waterperry House, Oxford

2019,2018,2017, 2015,2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2002, 1999. “Earth & Fire”, Rufford Craft Centre
2016,2015,2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, etc. Potfest in the Park
2012 - 1999, “C.P.A. Autumn Show”, St. Edwards, Oxford.
2000. Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

1998. “SPEAKING OUT”, The Manor House, Ilkley, Yorkshire.

2004. “EUCECO”, Athens, Greece.
2001. “The Plate Show”, Touring Exhibition Curated by The Collins Gallery University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
2000. “Frechen International Ceramics Festival”, Frechen, Koln, Germany.
1999. “Loose Interpretations”,Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
1997. “European Karamiek Markt”, Maaseik, Belgium.



2019 Prize Winner Topfereimuseum Raeren Belgium Prize Winner 2018 Goudse Keramiekdagen .nl

2013 Potfest Prize Winner, Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest
2013 Received the Potters' Vote for "The Exhibition on the Lawn", Potfest in the Park
2004.Euceco (1st European Ceramics Competition) Amaroussi, Athens, Greece.
1999. Loose Interpretations IV, Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
1972. Royal Society of Arts, Bursary Competition (Tableware Design)


The Topfereimuseum Raeren Belgium

Metropolitan University of Manchester
The Potteries Museum, Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
The Celestial Seasonings Teapot Collection, Boulder U.S.A.
The Lancaster City Museum. Publications



2005. “Teapots, Design & Making” by Steve Woodhead, A&C Black
2003. “The Ceramic Surface” by Matthias Ostermann, A&C Black
2003. “Potfest in the Pens x 10”
2000. “Potters” illustrated directory, The Craft Potters Association Great Britain

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