Peripheries: EDGES

May 7th- 29th 2022

The Ceramic House
75 Stanmer Villas
United Kingdom

Featuring work by Kadri Pärnamets

Peripheries launches EDGES, an ambitious international ceramic and sound art project between three nations at the western and eastern edges of Europe: Ireland, Estonia and the UK.

EDGES focuses on international exchange and residencies with artists collaborating across the disciplines of ceramics and sound art. Outcomes include exhibitions, presentations, performances, geo-located sound walks and community engagement activities.

Peripheries invites two sound artists from Ireland to collaborate with two ceramic artists from Estonia, the results of which will be exhibited as the centre piece at The Ceramic House offering this May, accompanied by an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by leading Estonian artists.

The exhibition is curated by artists and curators Kay Aplin and Joseph Young.

The results of the residency will be exhibited in In Camera Gallery, The Ceramic House’s white cube, and the Estonian ceramics show will be displayed throughout the house. All the exhibiting ceramic artists selected have an interest in exploring traditional techniques with a contemporary sensibility, offering UK collectors, specialists and artists a rare overview of the breadth of contemporary Estonian ceramic practice today. The month-long residency is funded by I-Portunus EU funding.

Peripheries is a pilot for EDGES, a 2 year-long investigation into meeting places, what it means to work at the edge of something, to be on the fringes, and understanding artistic practice as a so-called ‘cutting edge’, where boundaries are pushed back, and frontiers explored. EDGES will continue in 2023-24 with an exhibition of Irish ceramics at The Ceramic House, international residencies in Estonia and Ireland and culminating exhibitions at Watts Gallery, UK and Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland.


Estonian, b. 1968, Rakvere, Estonia
lives and works in Cummington, MA

Kadri Pärnamets works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting. Her biomorphic, organic forms provide a means to convey personal interests ranging from the fragile, natural environment to female identity. Focusing on gesture and expression, she selects known classics of female beauty by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet. Pärnamets has taught in the Estonian Art Academy and is a member of the Asuurkeraamika Studio, Estonian Artists Association, and Estonian Ceramist Association.

Pärnamets’ work has been shown internationally at Ferrin Contemporary, (North Adams, MA), the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, (Tallinn, Estonia), and at the International Tea Trade Expo, (Shanghai, China). Since 1996, she has participated in symposiums in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Norway, and Hungary. In Pärnamets graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1994 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Dividing her time between Estonia and USA, her primary studio is the USA at Project Art in Cummington, MA. She is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.


Opening reception

Thursday, May 5th

Peripheries was part of the Artists Open Houses festival.