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

Leslie Ferrin, Director, Ferrin Contemporary, CERAMIC TOP 40 curator  |  413.446.0614
Kathryn King, Director of Education, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard  |  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.

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


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.



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″. 

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.


Ferrin Contemporary presents

Ceramic CollectaneaThis unique collection offers a special opportunity to obtain highly valued, proven work by masters in the field of ceramic art that have not been available for some time.
We are happy to bring these carefully selected pieces from private collectors and artist estatesonto the market again.
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Kurt Weiser, “Untitled” 1992, porcelain, china paint,
21.5 x 14 x 2.5″.
(Private Collection)
Nancee Meeker, “Untitled”
1984, terra sigillata,
earthenware, 10.5″
(Pennington Collection)


Rudio Audio, “Hippodrome” 1994, glaze, ceramic, 19 x 16 x 14″.(Pennington Collection)


Don Reitz, “Do You Think I Would Forget?” 1987, earthenware, engobes, glaze, 23″. (Pennington Collection)
Toshiko Takaezu,”Giant Round form with Rattle (Moon Ball)” 1990s, stoneware, 20 x 21″. (Private Collection)


Howard Kottler, “GhostRider”
c1967, porcelain,
decals, lustre, 10″.
(Artist Estate)

Richard DeVore, “Untitled Bowl” 1991, ceramic, 10 x 10.5 x 10.5″ (Private Collection)


Lucie Rie, “Bowl” 1958, 5.5 x 1.75″. (Private Collection)



Viola Frey, “Untitled Platter” 1982, slip, glaze, earthenware, 25″.(Pennington Collection)
Edward Eberle, “The Prince’s Retinue” 1996, porcelain, 8.25 x 6″. (Pennington Collection)


Ron Meyers, “Platter” 1990s, earthenware, 11 x 2″.
(Angela Fina, Artist Estate)


Jack Earl, “Untitled” 1978,glaze, earthenware, 11.5 x 7 x 6″ (Pennington Collection)


To view other work available in this collection, click here
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Sergei Isupov in “Body Language” at Albany Airport

Presented by Albany International Airport Art & Culture.
A group show of eleven artists whose work focuses on the human figure and its expressions.

Large sculpted heads by ceramic artist Sergei Isupov will be on display.

These larger-than-life sculptures speak silently of the inner worlds of human experience.

April 5–September 7, 2014
Albany International Airport, Albany, NY
Reception: Friday, April 11, 5:30-7:30

Join us!

Opening Reception
Friday, April 11, 5:30–7:30
in the Albany International Airport Gallery, located on the third floor of the airport terminal, before the security checkpoint. Parking will be validated for the reception.

Sergei Isupov, other artists, and Leslie Ferrin will be in attendance and available for conversation and discussion.

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Other Current Exhibitions

InCiteful Clay
Apr 6–Aug 11, 2014
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov
Feb 23–Jun 8, 2014
Racine Arts Museum, Racine, WI

Sergei Isupov
Promenade: Solo Exhibition of Recent Work
Mar 7–Apr 22, 2014
Perimeter Gallery, Chicago

Collaboration & Revelation
through Aug 31, 2014
Kohler Arts & Industry, Sheboygan, WI

During his recent residencies, lecture tour, and travels in the US, UK artist Paul Scott was featured in two exhibitions. The Erie Art Center in Erie, Pennsylvania presented his work in Cumbrian Blue(s): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works. Another solo show, American Scenery, was presented by Ferrin Contemporary at the New York Ceramics Fair in January of 2014.

C File examines the various aspects of this body of Scott’s work that transforms cast-off ceramics from the 19th and early 20th centuries with modern imagery. His work tells stories that explore the unexpected movement of images through materials, media, cultures, politics, histories, and geographies, inviting us to see this group of traditional objects in a new way. 

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The Iconic Teapot

Teapots are complex objects steeped in history, world culture, and art. For collectors, they offer a wonderful study in contrast and variety. For artists, they present endless possibilities within the context of design, decoration, and scale. The Clay Art Center, in Port Chester, NY presents “TeaTime”, a survey exhibition and a day of presentations, discussion, and tea tastings. See below. FERRIN CONTEMPORARY’S Teapot Collectanea, is an ongoing on-line collection of teapots sourced from private collections and directly from artist studios.

Tea Immersion Presentations and tea.

Saturday, March 1, 1–4pm

Clay Art Center
Port Chester, NY

• Leslie Ferrin, Author of Teapots Transformed; Exploration of an Object, will present an overview of contemporary ceramic teapots.
• Ulysses Dietz, Senior Curator at the Newark Museum will offer an historical survey of the teapot both as a functional form and as an artistic challenge.
• Michael Harney, VP of Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders, will speak about tea tastes and traditions in various tea growing lands and how that has influenced tea pots.
• Judith Schwartz, Professor of Art & Art Professions at NYU, will moderate a panel discussion after the lectures.
• Tea tastings will culminate the event poured by Harney & Sons.

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February 1–April 1, 2014

Clay Art Center
Port Chester, NY

This exhibition of functional and sculptural teapots explores the history of tea and its relevance in our culture. The exhibition will highlight the teapot, whose form and related ceremonies has inspired artists for centuries and continues to be a valid form of expression in studios of contemporary artists today.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY artists participating in TeaTime:
Christa Assad
Donald Clark
Frances Palmer
Kadri Parnamets
Adam Shiverdecker
Shawn Spangler
Mara Superior
Susan Thayer
Kurt Weiser

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Teapot Collectanea

Ferrin Contemporary presents Teapot Collectanea: an online collection of teapots sourced from private collections and directly from artist studios. Ranging functional to conceptual teapots, produced by both emerging and established artists and designers, this ongoing changing collection is curated by Leslie Ferrin, author of “Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object”. Ferrin’s understanding of the teapot genre assures that each of the pieces offered here makes a distinct contribution to this iconic form.
Click here to view Teapot Collectanea.

Comprised of pieces from RAM’s permanent collection, the work in this solo showreveals the artist’s exploration of the human condition in two-dimensionalnarrative on three-dimensional ceramic forms.

Racine Art Museum’s Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov

Feb 23–June 8, 2014  |  Racine Art Museum  |  Racine, WI

Free First Friday
Friday, March 7, 10–5

Racine Art Museum

Visitors can enjoy the Racine Art
Museum for FREE the first Friday of every month.

Located steps from Lake Michigan in downtown Racine, RAM is one of the nation’s most significant craft museums.

Meet the Artist
Friday, March 21, 6–8:30

Racine Art Museum

Reception includes a meet-and-greet
and book signings with Isupov, light refreshments, and a cash bar.

Admission $10, complementary to
NCECA attendees wearing their badge
and RAM members.

March 7–April 12, 2014

Perimeter Gallery

solo show features new work by Sergei Isupov

210 W. Superior Street

Ferrin Contemporary represents Sergei Isupov.
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FEBRUARY 14, 2014 – SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Objects of daily use can be seen as representations of their owners and extensions of the self. This sentiment applies to a wide range of possessions, including the seemingly humble and utilitarian plate. In “At Your Service” ten artists come together to encourage the viewer to consider and question the significance and wider implications of this common household item.

Show Tour
and Talk

At Your Service: Exploring the Plate as a Site for Cultural Exploration with curators Niki Johnson and
Amelia Toelke and
artist Giselle Hicks
Sat, Feb 15, 2 – 3:30Artist Salon
at Project Art in Cummington, MA with artist Caroline Slotte
Thurs, Mar 27, 6:30–8:30
Giselle Hicks
is an independent artist currently working at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. Hicks’ work is an abstraction of the complex connections made a broken within domestic spaces that are routinely and ritually inhabited. She is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.
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Caroline Slotte
lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and holds a masters degree from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway. The reworking of second-hand ceramic objects plays a pivotal role in Slotte’s practice. She is represented by Ferrin Contemporary in the USA.
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Ferrin Contemporary is proud to announce


A visual biography of painter, sculptor, and wood worker Roy Superior, featuring his functional furniture, pen and ink drawings, and patent models of imaginary machines.The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia
Feb 7–Apr 19, 2014 141 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia
Fri, Feb 7, 5–7pm: “First Friday” OpeningSat, Feb 8, 1–3pm: Memorial Reception and Gallery Talk with Tommy Simpson

Roy Superior is known for his exquisitely executed miniatures inspired by patent-scale models and Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions. Superior’s multi-media constructions use gentle irony to express his insights into human nature and appreciation of all its foibles and foolishness.
The work in this show comes from the artist’s own collection as well the Allan Stone Collection. Over his lifetime, Stone collected extensively, gathering historically significant art and artifacts. Roy Superior was among the contemporary artists whose work Stone collected and promoted.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s art and inventions, Superior’s “Ideal Man” pays homage to da Vinci and reflects his quirky and sensitive nature. Ferrin Contemporary is proud to introduce The Roy Superior Collection of sculpture and drawings. Prints of “The Ideal Man” are also available.
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InCiteful Clay
Ceramic artists use clay to critique current social and political inequities. Curator: Judith Schwartz.
Jan 28 – Oct 20, three US locations


At Your Service
Exploring the significance and wider implications of the common plate.
Feb 14–Sept 21, 2014
Bellevue Arts Museum

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Sergei Isupov | Promenade
Solo Exhibition of Recent Works
Mar 7–Apr 22, 2014
In The Lower Gallery
Perimeter Gallery, Chicago

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Kohler Art Center | 40th Anniversary
Celebrating with a retrospective exhibition of work from artist residencies and their permanent collection. spring 2014, Sheboygan, WI


Ceramic Collectanea
Introducing our new, constantly changing collection of important master work that has re-entered the market from private collections and estates.


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Teatime at Clay Art Center
Exploring the rich history of tea and its relevance in our culture with functional and sculptural teapots.
Feb 1–Apr 1, Port Chester, NY


Collection Focus: Sergei Isupov
Isupov explores the human condition in 2-d narrative on 3-d ceramic forms.
Feb 23–June 8, 2014
Racine Art Museum, WI


Roy Superior: Patent Models for a Good Life

A remembrance of a creative life
The Center for Art in Wood
Feb 7–Apr 19, 2014, Philadelphia


Ceramic Top 40 | Boston
A remix of the show at Red Star Studios in Kansas City will be hosted by The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at  Harvard University this summer.

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Teapot Collectanea
Our newest collection offers a range of work from traditional designs to conceptual constructions created by both emerging and established artists.