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MELTING POINT Featured in Destination Williamstown

“Since re-opening to the public, Ferrin Contemporary has welcomed a record number of visitors to the gallery on the MASS MoCA campus. Their show MELTING POINT is now open and as they prepared for their opening event on Saturday, July 24, we took a minute to catch up with Leslie Ferrin, founder & director of Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams and Project Art in Cummington.

DW: COVID-19 impacted so many industries, but the arts were especially hard hit. How has Ferrin Contemporary adapted to the shifting pandemic landscape?

LF: Last year was a huge challenge. We made zero sales for four months. Luckily, with PPP funding, we kept our staff fully employed and used the time to focus on the artists in our exhibition Nature/Nurture. That exhibition, featuring recent ceramics by 12 women artists, provided an opportunity to integrate digital tools. Every week we profiled an artist through virtual exhibitions and zoom programs pairing available studio work with works on view in the closed gallery. It was a nice way to flex creative muscle and learn some new tricks. …”

Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary

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MELTING POINT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

“Pale pink ferns drip down the side of a cornucopia, pooling in glass puddles besides the melting statue. Amber Cowan’s “Cornucopia in Shell” is on view as part of “Melting Point” at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams.

Amber Cowan’s “Cornucopia in Shell” melts silently on a shelf in Ferrin Contemporary’s North Adams gallery. In New York City, at the Heller Gallery, her piece, “Fountain in Rosalene,” silently sits, its bright pink ferns and flowers drip and pool in the same manner. Although the pieces are hundreds of miles apart, they are part of the same show, “Melting Point,” a collaboration between Ferrin Contemporary and the Heller Gallery, featuring nearly 100 works by 22 artists in the two locations. …”

Artist Amber Cowan’s American pressed glass installation at Ferrin Contemporary, July 2021. Photo by John Polak.

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Ferrin Contemporary featured on Everson Museum’s Online Class and Studio Tour

Everson Museum’s Online Classes and Studio Tours, featuring Ferrin Contemporary

May, 15, 2020, from 1-2:30 pm

Garth Johnson, the Everson Museum of Art’s Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics will join Ferrin Contemporary’s director, Leslie Ferrin to discuss the exhibition Nature/Nurture and the role of gender in contemporary ceramics. Mara Superior and additional artists from the exhibition will also join in from their studio to discuss their practice and new work in process.

Ferrin Contemporary Featured in Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class

GUEST ARTISTS ON THE PROGRAM FROM NATURE/NURTURE

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5 Must-See Ceramics Shows You Can View Online, Artsy, April 29, 2020

“While galleries have temporarily closed worldwide due to COVID-19, we can still get inspired by the work of contemporary artists. As part of Artsy’s Art Keeps Going campaign, we’re featuring exhibitions that you can access via Artsy, with insights from the artists and our writers. This week, we’re sharing a selection of shows featuring ceramics at galleries from Los Angeles to Helsinki…”

“Nature/Nurture” Installation View, Crystal Morey, Mara Superior, Kardi Parnamets, 2020.

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Leslie Ferrin, The Berkshire Eagle, May 17, 2019

Leslie Ferrin, The Berkshire Eagle, May 17, 2019

Shaping the exhibition I Ferrin Contemporary Director helps shape artists’ work, clients’ collections
by Jennifer Smith Huberdeau

Berkshire Eagle

May 17, 2019

“The theory was to run the business from the artist’s perspective; to do for artists what I wanted done for me as an artist and wasn’t finding for myself. I think a lot of galleries are run by people who used to be artists, so they have that perspective. It’s a really creative role to be the one who brings the [artist’s] work into the public. You have to understand the artist’s perspective and the public’s perspective and then bring those two things together.”…

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Shaping the exhibition I Ferrin Contemporary Director helps shape artists’ work, clients’ collections
by Jennifer Smith Huberdeau, photo credit: Gillian Jones

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Steven Young Lee in the Oregon Artswatch, May 2019

Steven Young Lee in the Oregon Artswatch, May 2019

‘Harmony through dissonance’: Steven Young Lee’s ceramic sculptures

by RACHEL ROSENFIELD LAFO

May 8th, 2019

“His approach is respectful yet at the same time irreverent, referencing historical traditions and time-honored techniques of glazing and decoration but adding unexpected surprises and a sense of humor to his ceramic sculptures.”

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Steven Young Lee, “Porcelain Jar with Cloud and Dragon Design in Inlayed Cobalt Blue” (2019). Porcelain, cobalt inlay, glaze

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PETER PINCUS in Arteidolia, January 2019

PETER PINCUS in Arteidolia, January 2019

PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

‘Pincus is an intense, dedicated master of his craft. His work speaks a restrained yet exuberant enthusiasm for those visual artists and ceramicists who have come before him. This article hinges upon an exhibit, at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, entitled “Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood.”…’

-Lyn Horton

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PETER PINCUS’S Finesse by Lyn Horton, January 2019.

Peter Pincus, “Ewer, c. 1893/2018″ 2018, colored porcelain, 13 x 6 x 5”.

 

 

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EVAN HAUSER  and Canary Syndrome on Cfile on November 19, 2018

EVAN HAUSER and Canary Syndrome on Cfile on November 19, 2018

Evan Hauser & Canary Syndrome

CFile on November 19, 2018

“In Hauser’s Preservation and Use #3, the artist encases a landscape painting by French-American naturalist painter George Hetzel. In his work, perhaps Hauser is attempting to dam-up Hetzel’s river, clogging its serene waters with ubiquitous packing. He similarly plugs-up Yellowstone Falls by Albert Bierstadt and corrals Thomas Moran’s Teton Range. It’s no wonder Hauser used works by Hudson River School painters: aware of the true price of Manifest Destiny, Hudson River School artists began to incorporate this skepticism into their works (Think: Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire) and can be said to be the country’s first environmentalists…”

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PETER PINCUS in the Berkshire Eagle, November 2, 2018

PETER PINCUS in the Berkshire Eagle, November 2, 2018

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

November 10-December 29th, 2018

North Adams, MA

Artist Reception, November 10th 5-7pm.

“To better understand the work, I just had to make the work,” Pincus said. “I began with the Etruscan pot, his primary source for one of his objects; a calyx krater — a traditional wine-holding vessel. I looked very closely at Josiah’s reconsideration of that form, just trying to reproduce those objects; understanding what liberties I had and what things I had to stick to with the original source.”

-Peter Pincus

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“Not your grandmother’s Wedgwood …

Ceramic artist, scholar finds inspiration in Josiah Wedgwood’s work”

Peter Pincus, 'Ewers' 2018, colored porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6".

Peter Pincus, ‘Ewers’ 2018, colored porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6″.

By Jennifer Huberdeau

November 2, 2018

 

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BOUKE DE VRIES in Architectural Digest, October 17th, 2018

BOUKE DE VRIES in Architectural Digest, October 17th, 2018

BOUKE DE VRIES

WAR & PIECES/ MATRIX 180
WADSWORTH ANTHENEUM

Oct. 4th- Jan. 6th, 2019

Hartford, CT

 

“Many of these banquets were held before big battles. At the Duchess of Richmond’s party [which was held in Belgium], Napoleon was advancing. All the men had to leave,” including almost every officer in the army of the Duke of Wellington. De Vries says. “I put the battle on the table. It’s a safer option.”

 — Bouke de Vries

Bouke de Vries is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.
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THE REPORT

Bouke de Vries Reinterprets Spun-Sugar Centerpieces in a Stunning Show at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Bouke de Vries, "War and Pieces" 2018, Wadsworth Antheneum

Bouke de Vries, “War and Pieces” 2018, Wadsworth Antheneum

The Dutch ceramist uses antique porcelain to create sculptural forms

 

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