Potters in the current era have expanded the scope of what is possible with the vessel form. There are as many different approaches as there are potters, with some placing the emphasis on the functional usefulness of the pot, while others are using the vessel as a starting point for an exploration of more universal ideas.

Most of the pieces shown on my website tend toward the expressive side of the balance, and they are the kinds of pieces I show in galleries. The works on this page have the accent more on the functional or utilitarian side, and they are the kinds of works I make on an every day basis for shops around southern Ontario.

I like to have a balance between the utilitarian works and the concept driven pieces in my work cycle. The two approaches complement each other.

Vase with iron and titanium glaze
This vase has an iron based glaze with several layers of iron, rutile and titanium washes over top. The washes of oxides mix and flux the base glaze giving it a varied surface. I like the way the flowing glaze defines the roundness of the form. My vases all have a trimmed, recessed foot.

Hand built serving dish
I usually have space for just one or two of these large platters in each firing. This one measures about 37 cm in diameter. The large surface offers endless possibilities for decoration. These pieces are used as serving platters at large get togethers, or simply as an accent piece on a table display.

Casserole dish
I make a large and a medium sized casserole dish. This is one of the large ones, and it would hold about three litres. I make them in a variety of colours on the outside, but they all have the same serviceable white glaze on the inside.

Covered jars
A pair of medium sized covered jars in cobalt blue. They stand about 25 cm tall and can be used for all sorts of storage. I make my covered jars in a wide variety of shapes and glazes.

Two round vases
A pair of medium sized round vases. These vases stand about 26 cm tall, and have chun and copper glazes. The decoration of copper, cobalt and titanium is brushed and sprayed on the surface.

Coffee mugs
A pair of coffee mugs. Every firing has a few dozen coffee mugs in it. I make them at the end of the throwing cycle, before I start a week of glazing and firings. I recently added up some estimates and discovered that to date I've made about 15,000 coffee mugs.
Steve Irvine
R.R. # 2
Wiarton, Ontario
Canada N0H 2T0
(519) 534 2175