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Alvin’s twenty-year long love affair with pottery began on a whim, when a friend brought him to Sam MuiKwang Pottery, a multi-generational family of potters in Singapore. It was there that  he started a five-year long intensive study under a master potter. He lives and works in Singapore but frequently travels to work overseas where a different variety of resources widens creative possibilities.

He and two friends would later set up Nanyang Clay Group (NCG), the first registered pottery club in Singapore. Now Vice President to the group, Alvin has led NCG to organize group exhibitions once every two years, offering both local professional potters, experienced hobbyists and beginners, a platform to showcase their works and a purpose to hone their craft. He continues to seek opportunities for exposure, recently inking a sister alliance with a Taiwanese pottery club.

Alvin has exhibited in over 20 group shows worldwide. In 2013, he debuted solo shows in hometown Singapore and in Manila, Philippines. His first solo “Clay Voyage” showcased two decades worth of explorations and development in his artistry. It attracted the attention of local and regional media, and he was interviewed by regional broadcaster Channel News Asia and major Singapore broadsheet The Business Times. In conjunction, he also launched a book at the exhibition featuring highlights of his works and philosophies.

This year, he collaborated with One East Asia Art Management, to co-curate and exhibit in a rare group pottery show with four other master potters, each representing a different country in Southeast Asia. Titled “Ceramicship”, it is a mark of friendship amongst the potters and a common passion for ceramics that has bonded them closely.

His works have won prestigious awards at the 4thGlobal Art Movement Competition in Toyota City Museum, Japan and Golden Teapot Competition organized by Ying Ge Museum, Taiwan.

Alvin has been invited to conduct demonstrations, lectures and workshops at international ceramic festivals and tertiary institutions worldwide, including KhonKaen University in Thailand, University of Philippines, and Qi Lu Technology University in Shandong, China and many others.  Passionate about expanding his horizons and to seek new inspirations, he continues to travel intensively to work alongside master potters, participating in residences and firing expeditions.

As part of the Southeast Asian Potters (SEAPOT) group whose objective is to raise the profile of SEAPOT to the world, Alvin spoke at 2013 International Ceramics Festival in Gulgong, Australia, to introduce and highlight achievements of pottery in the region.

He has been described by fellow potters as “fiercely motivated”, “passionate”, “has an undying perseverance”, tireless in his undertakings.  Being an artist  in Singapore is an uphill task when resources and attention to art are scarce. Nevertheless, he hopes his efforts will pave the way for younger generations. Most importantly, he is grateful for the good friends that he has made along his voyage… to him, he has only just started.

Alvin is currently slated for a residency and exhibition with a renown art institution in Australia

Notable Milestones

2002
2003
2004
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2002

Organized the First Asian Ceramic Exhibition “Clay Speak” in Singapore

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2003

Awarded Grand Prize at 4th Global Art Movement (G.A.M) Art Exhibition, Toyota City Municipal Museum, Japan

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2004

Registered Nanyang Clay Group with the Registry of Society, Singapore

In 2004, Alvin officially registered Nanyang Clay Group in Singapore with the Registry of Society together with Mr Soh Keng Thiam and Mr Oh Chai Hoo.

2009

The Ring of Fire – South East Asia’s 1st Contemporary Pottery Exhibition

Held in The Ayala Museum of Makati in the Philippines, this exhibition was the first contemporary pottery exhibition to be held in South East Asia. Titled “The Ring of Fire”, it showcased Alvin’s …

2010

Awarded Judges Commendation Award in Taiwan Golden Teapot Exhibition

Alvin was ceremoniously awarded the Judges Commendation Award during the 3rd Taiwan Golden Teapot Exhibition cum Competition in Yingge Pottery Museum.

2011

Resident Artist at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle in Singapore

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2012

Clay Unity: Celebrating The Diversity of South East Asia, SEAPOT II Flicam Ceramic Museum

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2013

First Solo Exhibition “Alvin Tan Teck Heng Clay Voyage” by One East Asia

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Book Launch Featuring 18 years of Pottery Work “Clay Voyage”

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Invited as Guest Speaker and Demostration at University of the Philippines

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Clay Push Festival, South East Asia Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Gulgong, Australia

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“Bond Klay, Keramics” South East Asia Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Swissotel Park Nailert in Bangkok, Thailand

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International Mascabal Woodfire Smyposium & Exhibition, Zibo, China

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