Press Releases

FAMILY AFFAIR: Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, and Roosi Isupov

April 25 through May 25, 2015
Independent Art Projects on the MASS MoCA campus in North Adams, MA

Family Affair features painted porcelain sculptures created by Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets and their daughter, Roosi Isupov. This collection of artwork was produced during their recent seven-month residence at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

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A PORCELAIN MENAGERIE
a solo show of work by Mara Superior
features painted porcelain platters, teapots and sculptures celebrating the beauty and fragility of the animal world. Co-curated by Dana Salvo and Leslie Ferrin.
Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Mass
March 10–29, 2015

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Mara Superior is known for her contemporary porcelain that uses imagery and form to convey theories of beauty and subtle social commentary. Her choice of porcelain, a medium known for its fragile beauty, is analogous to the nature of the subject of the work in this show — this planet with its diverse environments, the flora and fauna, and the delicate balance that holds them all. Using various forms of plates and constructed forms of teapots and tile relief, Superior creates commemoratives that deliver a message to preserve and appreciate our living world. They are a plea for attention to a world out of control. Porcelain and nature are fragile, breakable, and need careful handling to survive. “Wake up people! Preserve your planet!”

Mara Superior is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.
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Jason Walker’s two solo exhibitions are on view in Bellingham, Wash., and Pittsburgh, featuring recent constructions and selected individual sculptures from private collections. Walker is known for his use of painting on sculptural ceramic forms that explore the relationship between man and nature. Walker will discuss his work at both locations with gallery talks and workshops in the coming weeks.

“Jason Walker: On the River, Down the Road” at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Wash., uses site-constructed installations to transform the gallery into an enveloping, fantasy-driven world. Through richly detailed narratives and surrealist, apocalyptic imagery, Walker offers an incisive comment on the indelible impact of humanity upon the natural landscape.

“For more than a decade, Jason Walker has been delighting our sense of beauty with exquisite ceramic works that offer a seamless combination of sculpture and painting, form and decoration… Treading a fine line between clever storytelling and sociological critique, Walker’s sculptures play with a psychological state of uneasiness that draws us in to observe and question our relation to nature in the present day.” — Stefano Catalani, Director of Art, Craft, & Design, Bellevue Arts Museum

Walker and gallerist Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary will present a gallery talk and slide show titled “Made in China: Jason Walker in Conversation with Leslie Ferrin” on Friday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bellevue Arts Museum. In addition to a discussion of the stories behind Walker’s work, the two will focus on how he has used porcelain tile produced in China as a starting point for works in the show and how he fits into this new movement of Western artists working in China. Space is limited to 25. RSVP online at www.bellevuearts.org/calendar/event/02_27_made_in_china.html

The show opened in October 2014 and remains on view through March 1, 2015.

At the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Walker is one of three artists with solo exhibitions in “Bridge 13,” which opened Jan. 24. On view through Aug. 22, Walker’s show features painted porcelain sculptures that depict the intersecting world where nature and technology meet.  Painting on sculptures of woodland animals, Walker focuses on the landscape at the point where industrial elements impose on and merge into shared environments.

“A growing number of artists tread warily along the boundaries of culture and nature as the human footprint becomes increasingly obvious and inescapable, and the ironies multiply. … Walker’s work is a form of public prayer for our safety and preservation. How fortunate and useful it is that the sculptures are also beautiful.” — William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nev

Walker will present an artist talk on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art theater in Pittsburgh. He will discuss the way technology has changed our perceptions of nature and how he combines animal imagery with industrial elements to convey these ideas.

On Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., at his exhibition at SCC, Walker will discuss the works in the show followed by a hands-on workshop in SCC’s studio, giving participants a chance to try making ceramic objects.

Both Pittsburgh events are co-sponsored by Society of Contemporary Craft and the Carnegie Museum of Arts. See www.contemporarycraft.org/SCC/Current_Exhibitions_2.html for more information.

Both the Pittsburgh events are part of a “Weekend with Jason Walker,” which runs Thursday through Saturday, April 16 to 18 in Pittsburgh. Other events include a studio visit with ceramic artist Edward Eberle, a tour of the ceramic collection at Carnegie Museum of Art with Rachel Delphia, Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the museum, and a guided house tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Details about the weekend and accommodations can be found at http://ferrincontemporary.com/portfolio-items/bridge13-jason-walker-scc/

Walker has long used his exquisite drawing skills and ability to manipulate clay to push his ceramic forms past the decorative into clear and striking social commentary. Treading a fine line between storytelling and social criticism, Walker’s work explores the human experience as reflected in Nature. His painted porcelain works, often taking the form of wild animals domesticated by industry, are simultaneously thought-provoking and unsettling.

Catalogs for both exhibitions are available from Ferrin Contemporary at http://ferrincontemporary.com/shop/

Jason Walker is represented by Ferrin Contemporary, which specializes in ceramic art circa 1950 to the present. For more than thirty years, Ferrin Contemporary has been the preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay, for private collectors, institutions, and the media. www.FerrinContemporary.com

CONTACTS

Ferrin Contemporary

Presenting leading international ceramic art for sale


Leslie Ferrin, Director
413-446-0641, info@ferrincontemporary.com

Bellevue Arts Museum
http://www.bellevuearts.org/
Stefano Catalani, Director of Art, Craft, & Design
425.519.0756, stefanoc@@bellevuearts.org

Society for Contemporary Craft
http://www.contemporarycraft.org/SCC/Contemporary_Craft_%7C_Home.html
Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions
412-261-7003 ext. 15, exhibitions@contemporarycraft.org

High-resolution photos of the exhibitions and individual works are available on request.

Jason Walker, "Down the Road" installed at Bellevue Arts Museum, 2014, porcelain, underglaze, china paint, 10'x10'x10'.

Jason Walker, "Cascade" 2014, porcelain, stoneware, underglaze, china paint, 10'x10'x10'.

Jason Walker,  "Phishing" 2014, porcelain, stoneware, underglaze, china paint, 24" x 48" x 52" .

Jason Walker, "Redtail" 2014, porcelain, stoneware, underglaze, china paint and concrete, 32 x 64 x 52".

Jason Walker, "Wildflowers" 2015, porcelain, stoneware, china paint, wood, spray paint, 23 x 20 x 20".

Jason Walker, "Wildflowers" 2015, porcelain, stoneware, china paint, wood, spray paint, 23 x 20 x 20".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jason Walker press release jan 2015

Ferrin Contemporary presents
MADE IN CHINA: The New Export Ware
at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, Jan. 21–25, 2015

MADE IN CHINA is an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs, featuring international contemporary ceramic artists referencing traditional Chinese export porcelain. These artists work independently along side and in conjunction with skilled Chinese artisans to find expression for their fresh visual vocabulary to create a new breed of export ware. The featured artists hail from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China and include Julie Bartholomew, Caroline Cheng, Sam Chung, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis), Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Mathieu, Paul
Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa.

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CONTACT Leslie Ferrin, Director, Ferrin Contemporary
info@ferrincontemporary.com | 413.446.0614

For Immediate Release: Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, Jan. 21–25, 2015

CUMMINGTON, Mass – Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair in New York, Jan. 22–25, 2015. Made in China is an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs, featuring international contemporary ceramic artists referencing traditional Chinese export porcelain. These artists work independently along side and in conjunction with skilled Chinese artisans to find expression for their fresh visual vocabulary to create a new breed of export ware. The featured artists hail from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China and include Julie Bartholomew, Caroline Cheng, Sam Chung, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis), Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Mathieu, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary and curator of Made in China, was inspired to create the show by her recent travels in China and her work with many contemporary ceramic artists who have worked, studied, and participated in some of the traditional Chinese pottery workshops. During her tour, Ferrin visited ceramic workshops in Jingdezhen and Chongqing, observing skilled Chinese artisans aiding in the production of contemporary works for western markets under the direction of visiting western artists.

“After my visit to China, it was clear that this growing movement of western artists engaging with Chinese artisans to provide works for international markets was urging a contemporary re-definition of export-ware,” says Ferrin. “It is a dynamic relationship with appropriation and collaboration occurring in both directions, and we are fortunate that we will be able to truly explore the relationship, with multiple exhibitions over the coming years.”

Made in China will be presented at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair as a special exhibition on the third floor of Bohemian Hall, 321 East 73rd Street in New York from Jan. 21 through Jan. 25, 2015.

Public events in the Made in China booth
Meet the artists in the Ferrin Contemporary Special Exhibition Booth on the 3rd Floor on Saturday, Jan. 24. 

1:30 p.m. in the Made in China booth
Book signing with Paul Scott
Paul Scott will on hand to sign and present his new book Horizon, Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics.
(This event will follow Scott’s lecture in the lecture hall.)

3 p.m. in the Made in China booth
Conversation and tour with artists and curator
Join us for a conversation about Made in China: The New Export Ware with artists Sin-ying Ho and Robert Silverman. The discussion will be moderated by Leslie Ferrin, curator of Made in China and director of Ferrin Contemporary. A tour of the exhibition with the artists and curator, will follow.

Lectures related to Made in China
Artist and curator lectures related to Made in China will be presented in the lecture hall on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

Friday, 12 p.m. in the lecture hall
Duchess, Dogs, Detroit, Dragons, Handles and Cherrypickers: Re-Animating the Transferware Archives of an Industry
with Paul Scott, artist, author and researcher and professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts Norway

Friday, 2 p.m. in the lecture hall
Made in China: New Export-ware from Jingdezhen
with Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary Friday,

4 p.m. in the lecture hall
I’m So Fancy: Young Artists Take On Historical Ceramics
with Garth Johnson, Curator of the Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center and Director-at-Large of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

Saturday, 12 p.m. in the lecture hall
The Most Dangerous Imitations: Fake Chinese Export Porcelain of the 1920s and ’30s
with Ron Fuchs II, Curator of the Reeves Collections at Washington and Lee University

For a full listing of all the lectures and other Ceramics Fair events visit newyorkceramicsandglassfair.com

For a full listing of Made in China events, exhibitions, and artists visit ferrincontemporary.com/madeinchina

 

Selected Works from Current Projects

In addition to the special exhibition on the 3rd floor, Ferrin Contemporary’s booth on the 4th floor will feature Selected Works from Current Projects. Included will be recent works by international and American artists: Stephen Bowers, AU; Claire Curneen, Wales; Sergei Isupov, USA and Estonia; Steven Young Lee, USA; Frances Palmer, USA; Paul Scott, UK; Bonnie Smith, USA; Vipoo Srivilasa, AU; Mara Superior, USA; and Kurt Weiser, USA.

 

About Ferrin Contemporary

Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art produced circa 1950 to the present, with a growing emphasis on international ceramic artists. For more than thirty years, collectors, institutions, and the media have made Ferrin Contemporary their preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay. Visit ferrincontemporary.com to learn more.

 

High res images available upon request.

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CONTACT
Leslie Ferrin, Director Ferrin Contemporary
info@ferrincontemporary.com
413.446.0614

For Immediate Release:
Ferrin Contemporary launches Made in China: The New Export Ware a multi-venue series of exhibitions and public programs October 18

 

 

DATES

Exhibitions
Independent Art Projects, Saturday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Miami Projects, Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
New York Ceramics Fair, Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014

 

Events
Opening Reception + Gallery Talk, Independent Art Projects, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m.
Public Lecture, Harvard Ceramics, Nov. 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Public Lecture, New York Ceramics Fair, Jan. 23, 2015
CUMMINGTON, MA – Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware, an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs featuring international contemporary ceramic artists re-contextualizing traditional Chinese export porcelain production methods and visual vocabulary independently or in conjunction with skilled Chinese artisans. Featured series artists, who hail from the US, UK, Australia, and China, include Julie Bartholomew, Robin Best,  Caroline Cheng, Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, Vipoo Srivilasa, and Jason Walker.

Inspired by Made in China curator and Ferrin Contemporary Director Leslie Ferrin’s recent travels in China, the series kicks off at Independent Art Projects (IAP) in North Adams, MA with a public reception and gallery talk on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. The series then continues with exhibitions at Miami Projects (Miami, FL) – on view from Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 – and the New York Ceramics Fair (New York, NY) – on view from Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, as well as public talks at Harvard Ceramics in Allston, MA on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., and at the New York Ceramics Fair in New York, NY on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Sponsored as a guest lecturer by the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Ferrin traveled to China in June and July 2014 with the aim of gaining a greater understanding of the cross-cultural collaboration, production, and appropriation occurring in the New Export Ware movement. During her visit, Ferrin visited ceramic workshops in Jingdezhen and Chongqing, where – similar to the historical model of export ware – skilled Chinese artisans, produce contemporary works for Western markets under the direction of visiting Western artists.

“After my visit to China, it was clear that this growing movement of Western artists engaging with Chinese artisans to provide works for international markets was urging a contemporary re-definition of export-ware,” says Ferrin. “It is a dynamic relationship with appropriation and collaboration occurring in both directions, and we are fortunate that we will be able to truly explore the relationship, with multiple exhibitions over the coming year.”

Slated to run through 2015, a full listing of Made in China events, exhibitions, and artists may be found at ferrincontemporary.com/madeinchina with additional dates added periodically.

About Ferrin Contemporary

Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art produced circa 1950 to the present, with a growing emphasis international ceramic artistis. For more than thirty years, collectors, institutions, and the media have made Ferrin Contemporary their preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay. Visit ferrincontemporary.com to lean more.

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CERAMIC TOP 40  |  NEW & SELECTED WORKS

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Gallery 224, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA

CONTACT
Leslie Ferrin, Director, Ferrin Contemporary, CERAMIC TOP 40 curator
info@ferrincontemporary.com  |  413.446.0614
Kathryn King, Director of Education, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
kking@fas.harvard.edu  |  617.495.8680

The work in this exhibition was drawn from the Ceramic Top 40 show held at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Missouri in 2013. The exhibition includes new pieces from artists working on the cutting edge of contemporary ceramics.

DATES
Exhibition:
May 27–August 16, 2014
Other Events: June 11, 2014
2–5:00pm   Workshop Demonstration with artist Lauren Mabry
5–6:00pm   Curator Lecture with Leslie Ferrin
6–8:00pm   Opening Reception

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ceramic Top 40 exhibition at Harvard

ALLSTON, MA – CERAMIC TOP 40 | New & Selected Works, an exhibit of contemporary ceramic art, will open May 17 at Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. Featuring pieces selected from a broad survey of today’s leading ceramic artists, the exhibition will be curated by Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary.

The pieces are new and selected works from the artists featured in the Ceramic Top 40 | 2013 show, held at Red Star Studios, part of Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, MO. The Harvard exhibition combines invited and juried submissions representing a range of conceptual, utilitarian, and sculptural ceramics and seeks to identify artists working on the cutting edge of current processes, ideas, and presentation concepts. Both up-and-coming and established artists who are breaking new ground are included.

“For over 25 years, our gallery has shown the finest ceramic art and studio pottery in solo and group exhibitions at the gallery, online, and at art fairs. With new technologies and collaborative methods of producing art, the time had come to take a closer look at the artists who are responding to and using these new opportunities. After reviewing 475 submissions, we selected the artists whose current works best embody this new paradigm. In addition to the juried artists, several others were invited who were also clearly leading the field in new directions,” Ferrin said.

The Ceramics Program has served Harvard University and the greater community with its exciting educational offerings for more than 40 years. Known for its leadership in the field, the Ceramics Program provides a creative learning environment for a dynamic mix of students and professionals from the University, greater Boston, and international community.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a day of educational events is planned for June 11, starting with a workshop demonstration with exhibiting artist Lauren Mabry from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop is designed to demonstrate expressive surface application techniques and concepts including the use of colorful slips and underglaze to achieve depth and painterly qualities in ceramic surfaces. Techniques covered will include slip brushing, underglaze application, and monoprinting. This demonstration-based workshop focuses on building rich, complex surfaces with low fire materials, but many of the techniques translate seamlessly to high fire materials.

Mabry currently lives and works as a studio artist in Philadelphia as a long-term resident at The Clay Studio. She received her BFA in ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. She is a recent recipient of several awards including the 2014 Emerging Artist Award from the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts and the Raphael Prize Merit Award from the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA.

Later in the day, Leslie Ferrin will give a curator’s talk from 5 to 6 p.m., and an opening reception follows from 6 to 8 p.m. Events are open to the public. Registration for the workshop is required.

“This is an important moment for a generation of makers and collectors.” Ferrin said. “Ceramics as an art form has come into its own. Increased media recognition and integration of contemporary ceramic art in museum exhibitions and collections as well as contemporary art galleries indicates the time is right to provide a more comprehensive survey of the contemporary medium of clay.”

Gallery 224, located at 224 Western Ave. in Allston, MA, engages the public with exhibitions that showcase the work of emerging and established ceramic artists, research through academic collaboration, and the talent within our studio community. Gallery 224 offers a stunning 680 sq. ft. space with a full street-side view. Ceramics Program Directors Shawn Panepinto and Kathy King lead all programming for Gallery 224. The exhibit will be on display through August 16.

“We are pleased to host this important survey exhibition that explores current trends in contemporary ceramics including the use of new technologies, conceptual models of creative practice, and references to art history.” Kathy King explained. “With our new gallery space, this exhibition, workshop, and lecture will bring the local and New England clay community together alongside the academic Harvard student, faculty, and staff.”

Red Star Gallery was instrumental in realizing the original show in a nationally central location. CERAMIC TOP 40 | 2013 was the inaugural exhibit in their newly renovated and spacious gallery space at Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. They continue their participation by lending assistance with this show of selected works at Harvard.

Sean Erwin, a ceramic sculptor selected from CERAMIC TOP 40 |2013 exhibitors, will have a solo exhibition at the Red Star Gallery at Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, MO.  “Object, Self,” will feature Erwin’s recent work exploring the complex nature of the human condition by studying personal possessions and their role in the structure of an individual’s psychology. Show dates will be November 7, 2014 through January 24, 2015. Contact Ferrin Contemporary for more information.

A full-color print catalog of work from CERAMIC TOP 40 | 2013 will be available in June.

HIGH RESOLUTION VERSIONS OF THESE AND OTHER IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST 

 

Lauren Mabry, "Composition of Enclosed Cylinders" 2013, red earthenware, slips, glaze, 20 x l7 x 6".

Lauren Mabry, “Composition of Enclosed Cylinders” 2013, red earthenware, slips, glaze, 20 x 7 x 6″.

 

Sean Erwin, "Whoopee" 2012, polished porcelain, bronze, resin, glaze, oil paint, gold leaf, flocking fibers, 9 x 7 x 14".

Sean Erwin, “Whoopee” 2012, polished porcelain, bronze, resin, glaze, oil paint, gold leaf, flocking fibers, 9 x 7 x 14″. 

ABOUT FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art produced circa 1950 to the present.  For more than thirty years, collectors, institutions, and the media have made Ferrin Contemporary their preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay.
Based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Ferrin Contemporary maintains exhibition space, business office, library, and art warehouse at Project Art, an artist residence in a renovated, 19th-century mill building in Cummington, MA. The exhibition space features artworks from current projects and artists engaged in our international program for visiting artists and professionals. Programs include presentations at art, design, and antiques fairs; partnerships with commercial galleries; and support for artists at museum venues. Leslie Ferrin, along with a team of art professionals, provides services to private collectors as well as project and career management for artists.
For more general information, please visit our website. http://ferrincontemporary.com/

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY AND RED STAR STUDIOS

Ceramic Top 40 | 2013

November 1 – January 25

exhibition of artists under and over 40 years of age currently working in ceramics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Cummington, MA, USA – Ferrin Contemporary announces   the Ceramic Top 40 | 2013 will take place at Red Star Studios, in their new home at Belger Crane Yard Studios opening November 1.  The exhibition features selected works by a group of artists equally balanced between those over and under the age of 40 curated through a process that combines invited and juried submissions.

This exhibition will present the “It” artists currently working in conceptual utilitarian and sculptural ceramics.  The show seeks to identify those working on the cutting edge of current processes, ideas and presentation concepts by both the up-and-coming generation of artists and established artists who are breaking new ground.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary explains, “for over 25 years, our gallery has shown the finest ceramic art and studio pottery in solo and group exhibitions presented at the gallery, online and art fairs.  With new technology and collaborative methods of producing art, it is now time to take a close look at who is responding and utilizing these opportunities among both established and upcoming artists.  We used the “call for entries” format to uncover and survey those who are working with ceramic materials as singular objects or installations made up of multiples. After reviewing 475 submissions, we selected the artists whose current works best met the criteria and invited several others who are clearly leading the field in new directions.”

The collaboration with Red Star Studios, developed as the project evolved during 2013.  Michael Baxley, Gallery Manager/Curator, “It is a perfect storm …, our new galley space opened at a time that Ferrin was seeking a central location for the exhibition.   Ferrin inquired about our space after she selected several key artists who are currently working in or around the Kansas City area.  The timing for the artists, the project and our space fit perfectly.”

Ferrin explains the concept of the show.  “In the past, periodic survey exhibitions took place sponsored by institutions such as the Everson Museum of Art’s Ceramic National and American Craft Museum’s Young Americans.   The recent exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Art’s Renwick Gallery, 40 under 40: Craft Futures, a multimedia survey presented only a handful of artists working with ceramics.  With increased media recognition and integration of contemporary ceramic art and objects in museum exhibitions and contemporary art galleries, it seemed important to fill the gap that opened up by the Renwick show and provide a subjective survey to the medium of clay.  The process of creating this exhibition reveals what an important moment this is for a generation of makers and collectors.”

Using farming as a metaphor to describe this transitional moment for the field of ceramics, Ferrin states, “through this show, we are looking at who are the established masters continuing to break creative ground alongside the next generation of artists who are developing a strong root system of their own at mid career.”

Red Star Studios, a mainstay in Kansas City’s ceramics scene for almost fifteen years, has partnered with the Belger Arts Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Red Star Studios has recently expanded to Belger Crane Yard Studios, located at 2011 Tracy, Kansas City, MO 64108. The Red Star gallery is open 10am – 5pm, Wednesday through Friday, and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays.The gallery remains open until 9pm on the First Friday of every month. Red Star Studios also features studio spaces for resident artists and offers classes and workshops for all skill levels to the public. For more information please contact Michael Baxley, gallery manager, at mbaxley@redstarstudios.org or 816-474-7316.

Dates for Lecture, Reception and Educational Programming will be announced with the list of exhibiting artists on September 15.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
Schedule of Programs, Exhibitions and Events
2013-2014

New Blue & White

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Group Show Curated by Emily Zilber
February 19 – July 13

Robin Best
Stephen Bowers
Claire Curneen
Michelle Erickson
Molly Hatch
Giselle Hicks
Paul Scott
Vipoo Srivilasa
Steven Young Lee
Kurt Weiser

Call of the Wild | Sergei Isupov
Barry Friedman Ltd., NYC
Solo Exhibition
May 4 – July 30

Teapot Invitational
Red Star Studios,
Kansas City, MO
June 7 – August 31
Kurt Weiser and others

Horizon – Landscapes
National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
Oslo, Norway
Group Exhibition Curated by Paul Scott
June 14 – February 23, 2014
Stephen Bowers, Paul Scott and others

ARTIST SALON with Visiting Artists and Residents at Project Art

Project Art, Cummington, MA

Tuesday, July 16
6:00-8:00pm

Robin Best | JoonPark | Molly Weiss

 

Robin Best |  Australian by birth, living and working in Jingdezhen, China, Robin is noted for delicately painted narratives and patterns on translucent, porcelain vessel forms.  Her still life “The British East India Company – Trade and War” is featured in New Blue and White, currently on view at the MFA Boston. She will present a slide show and discuss current works and projects.

JoonPark | Boston based artist and summer resident at Project Art, Park will present works in process created during his residency and a short slide show.

Molly Weiss| Interdisciplinary artist, painter, sculptor,  curator and art teacher from New York City will present works in process created during her residency and a short slide show.

Cumbrian Blue(s) | Paul Scott
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Solo Exhibition
July 19 – November 16

OPEN HOUSE
Selections from Current Projects
Artist Focus: Giselle Hicks
Ferrin Contemporary at Project Art, Cummington, MA
Group Exhibition
Adam Shiverdecker, Mara Superior, Stephen Young Lee, other artists
July 25 – August 31

DISH + DINE
Project Art, Cummington, MA
Coinciding with Hilltown 6 Pottery Trail
Riverside, Wood Roasted Menu, Woodfired Pottery

ARTIST SALON with Visiting Artists and Residents at Project Art
Project Art, Cummington, MA
Tuesday, August 13
6:00-8:00pm
Joon Park | Tanya Rudenjak | Wendy Gignell

Selections from Ceramic Top 40 | 2013
Ferrin Gallery at Project Art, Cummington
Group Exhibition
August 31 – October 19

Uncanny Congruencies
Palmer Museum of Art
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Group Exhibition
September 10 – December 15
Christa Assad, Jason Walker and other artists

Body & Soul
Museum of Arts and Design
New York, NY
Group Exhibition Curated by Wendy Kaplan
September 24 – March 2, 2014
Sergei Isupov and other artists

Body & Soul 2
Barry Friedman Ltd.
New York, NY
Group Exhibition of Figural Ceramic Sculpture
September 24 – December 30, 2013
Sergei Isupov and other artists

The Nature of Imagination | Kurt Weiser
Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington DC
Solo exhibition
October 4– October 30

Workshop and Lecture – Corcoran Gallery of Art
October  3 – 4

Animal Stories
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Group Show
October 9 – January 12, 2014
Sergei Isupov, Red Weldon Sandlin, Jason Walker and other artists

InCiteful Clay
Touring Exhibition with Exhibits USA
Group Show Curated by Judith Schwartz
Sergei Isupov and other artists

January 28 – March 16, 2014
Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, Florida

April 06 – August 11, 2014
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

September 01 – October 20, 2014
Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, Utah