Alwyn O’Brien was born on a rural property on Salt Spring Island, B.C. to a family of makers and gardeners. Her ceramic practice has taken her across Canada, studying at Capilano College, Vancouver, Sheridan College, Ontario, and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington State., 2010.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is held in Museum collections in Canada and the U.S. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award. She is represented by the James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her current position as an Instructer at Langara College sees that her winters are spent in Vancouver, but she migrates home to Saltspring come summertime.