Stan Irvin Ceramics
1106 E. Wharf
(behind yellow house facing Water Street)
Rockport, TX 78382
I recently built a new studio in downtown Rockport, after maintaining one in Austin for many years. After receiving my MFA, I started the ceramics program at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin before also starting the ceramics program at St. Edward’s University, where I retired in 2014. I show my work in various venues and teach workshops throughout Texas. In Rockport, you may have seen my work at Austin Street Gallery, Estelle Stair Gallery, or the Rockport Center for the Arts, where I had a one person show several years ago. Some past awards include First Runner Up at the 2017 Best of Texas Clay Show, Best of Show at the 2015 Greater Austin Clay Arts Association, and first place in the 2009 Texas Teapot Tournament.
I specialize in altered, wheel-thrown vessel forms, and more recently, printing on clay. 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.