Past events


Sunday, June 4, 2017, Leslie Ferrin: “Current Trends in Collecting Contemporary Ceramics, 1950–Present on at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.

Aimed at seasoned collectors as well as those just starting out, Ferrin will present a slide-illustrated lecture and lead a discussion on emerging trends in contemporary ceramics, curation, and collection.

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Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 4–6pm
Artist Reception and
Conversation with Raymon Elozua
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

On Sunday, May 28, MASS MoCA doubles in size with the opening of Building 6’s enormous gallery space. The celebration includes music, indoor bike path, good food, parade, and a live concert by CAKE.

In Building 13, at Ferrin Contemporary, you’re invited to an artist reception between 4 to 6pm, with light refreshments and conversation with sculptor Raymon Elozua. On view will be selected works from current projects by Ferrin Contemporary’s represented artists.

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Clay Politcs with Justin Rothshank

October 15, 3–5
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Gallery open Wed–Sun, 11–5.

Join us in the gallery to meet one of the featured artists in KNOW JUSTICE,  Justin Rothshank for a discussion of Clay Politics

At 4:00, Justin Rothshank will join in conversation with Elenor Wilson, editor of the Studio Potter journal, in the gallery at Ferrin Contemporary.

They will discuss the ways in which contemporary ceramics and art is used to raise awareness of social and political issues. The exhibition, KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank, incites conversations about justice, our political system, and the structures that govern them.

Elenor Wilson the editor of Studio Potter journal and an independent artist living in Western Massachusetts. She has traveled extensively as an artist, including residencies in Taiwan, Finland, and throughout the U.S.

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Join us at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
on Saturday, August 13 for a PREVIEW of KNOW JUSTICE.

Justin Rothshank will present a tablescape of original decal-printed ceramics depicting the 44 US presidents.

September 10–November 13

presents a two-person show by Justin and Brooke Rothshank focusing on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history. Brooke’s miniature watercolor portraits are complemented by Justin’s decal-printed tableware.

Save the date: KNOW JUSTICE DISH+DINE Saturday, October 15, panel 3–5, dinner 6–9
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Join us in the gallery at Ferrin Contemporary
Connoisseurship: Buy, Sell, Give
on Sunday, July 10, 2016, 3pm
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
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CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: BUY, SELL, GIVE is a moderated panel discussion among art professionals and collectors presented in the Ferrin Contemporary gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, on Sunday, July 10, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Moderator Leslie Ferrin will lead panelists in a conversation-style discussion and exchange with the audience about issues surrounding changes taking place in and impacts on public and private collections. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Ferrin explained “We are in the midst of ‘The Great De-accession,’ the result of a generation of baby boomer artists and collectors downsizing simultaneously. Starting with the question of what to do ‘when the kids don’t want it,’ those who are in the midst of this dilemma are leading the way and finding successful approaches to shifting of collections, archives, and libraries. In the process, a by-product is the development of a new generation of collectors, curators, and art professionals who are involved in exploring various strategies to build collections and establish legacies for the artwork of the late 20th and early 21st century.“

The panel will address issues especially relevant to those who wish to sell and give and will discuss the challenges of sharing information about their collections. For many who were born before the computer was a commonly used tool, it is daunting to prepare documentation that establishes provenance and insures their legacy in what is now predominantly a digital world. For those who bought (and sold) at the peak of the market, the results from artwork sold at auctions now can be quite surprising as they create first time public records for living artists and establish new, lower values that are subsequently used in appraisals. While sellers are carefully considering their options, buyers are finding collecting in the 21st century increasingly easy due to the level playing field created by the Internet where access to information and markets are readily found with a Google search.

This conversation about how these trends are impacting each of the panelists and their answers to “what to do when the kids don’t want it” will also be available as a video on YouTube.



The panel will consist of Doug Anderson, art collector; Mark Leach, independent curator and author; Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, author, editor, and independent curator; and Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston.


Dale and Doug Anderson began collecting studio glass in the middle of the 1970s. This led to an exploration of the Studio Crafts movement as well as Northwest Coast tribal art and Chinese cultural relics. At the turn of the 21st century, Dale began to collect contemporary photography (primarily Chinese) with an eye attuned to subject matter that both attracts and repels viewers. Dale was the primary collector with Doug playing a supporting role as an activist on behalf of artists through his positions on the boards of Creative Glass Center of America and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. As their collection grew and Dale’s interests changed, Doug’s role was to arrange for donations and sales of more than 1,500 works from their collection to 14 museums in the United States and London. Doug and Dale were both members of the Board of Trustees at Pilchuck Glass School for 15 years and co-founded AIDA, the Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts.


A native of Pittsfield, Mark Leach is a contemporary arts curator, author, and consultant. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was the Founding Director of the Mint Museum of Craft & Design. Mr. Leach is a former trustee of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the American Craft Council and served on the Advisory Board of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Leach has served as curator, essayist, and editor throughout his career. He has held curatorial posts in contemporary art in Arkansas, Montana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio. He has authored many articles for arts publications and published numerous texts featuring individual artists and craft genres. His book Michael Lucero: Sculpture 1976–1995, established this artist as a leader in the field of figural sculpture.


Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, and curator, is currently editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator at the American Federation of Arts, New York. Ramljak was formerly editor of Sculpture magazine and of Glass Quarterly, as well as associate editor of American Ceramics. She has authored several books and catalogues, among them Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Her new book series, Art à la Carte, will launch next year with the first volume, Busted: Contemporary Sculpture Busts. Ramljak has been a contributor to numerous other publications including Objects and Meaning: Readings that Challenge the Norm; Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design; and Innovation and Change: Ceramics from Arizona State University. Ramljak has worked in the curatorial departments of the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Among the exhibitions she has curated are: “Elie Nadelman: Classical Folk,” “A Disarming Beauty: The Venus de Milo in 20th-Century Art,” and “Seductive Matter.”


Emily Zilber is the first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is responsible for the MFA’s contemporary decorative arts program. Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has edited and written for numerous publications; speaks regularly on topics related to 20th and 21st century decorative arts, craft, and design; and is a founding member of the Boston-based consortium The Commonwealth of Craft.

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Join us at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
on Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 6pm for the opening reception for


a group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1950–present 
June 18–August 7, 2016

Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Jeanclos George, Gerit Grimm, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Mara Superior, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Jason Walker, Patti Warashina, Beatrice Wood

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Save the date: DISH + DINE  July 10, 3–9

Ferrin Contemporary presents Paul Scott in “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s): American Scenery” at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016.

Public Lecture: January 22, 2pm
Join us for a lecture by artist, author, and curator Paul Scott and Bouke de Vries, artist and restorer. Both artists will present images of their current work and discuss the intentional use of restoration methods in ceramics to create contemporary works of sculpture and design.
The lecture will be introduced and discussion moderated by dealer and expert in contemporary ceramics, Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary, who will present an overview of works by contemporary artists who use these methods in their practice.

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016
January 21–24, 2016
Bohemian Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY


Raymon Elozua Studio & Jack Shainman Gallery

Mountain Dale & Kinderhook, NY

Ferrin contemporary invites you to join us on Saturday, August 8, 2015 for a full-day tour in the Catskills and Kinderhook, New York.

In Mountain Dale, New York, visit Raymon Elozua’s studio and the 1st Annual Mountain Dale Biennial at Grocery Store Gallery featuring ceramic work by Elozua and collage artist Micheline Gingras.

In Kinderhook, New York, visit Jack Shainman Gallery: The School and enjoy a guided tour with Clark Griffin of the El Anatsui: Five Decades exhibition of works in painting, wood, metal, and clay.

This full-day, round-trip tour starts in North Adams, MA.
Or you can provide your own transportation and meet us along the way.
Tour + lunch without transportation: $40 per person.
Tour + lunch with bus fare included: $75 per person.
Limited space. Registration deadline is August 1.



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Thursdays, July 30, August 27, and September 24, 6 to 8 pm
1315 MASS MoCA Way and throughout North Adams

Ferrin Contemporary and other DownStreet art venues and galleries, stores, and restaurants will extend their hours on the last Thursday of the summer months to celebrate the arts.

Panel Discussion and Dinner in the Gallery

1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams


1315 MASS MoCA Way

Collecting ceramics from George Ohr to Ai Weiwei — join specialists Suzanne Perrault, David Rago, and Daniel Farrell for a panel discussion moderated by Leslie Ferrin about provenance, connoisseurship, and values in ceramics, pottery, and porcelain from 1900 to the present.

Guests will have a chance to view the exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, before the panel discussion and afterwards during a wine and cheese reception in the gallery.

6:30 pm | DISH+DINE

1315 MASS MoCA Way
$75. Space is limited.

Enjoy this dinner event in the gallery with collectors, artists, and the panelists. Gramercy Bistro, MASS MoCA’s in-house bistro, will serve modern fare made from locally-sourced food. Ceramic artist Michael McCarthy will provide the handmade dinnerware.

This event has sold out. Call 413-346-4004 to be added to the waiting list. Click here to let us know of your interest and we’ll let you know about other upcoming events and DISH + DINEs.