CERAMIC TOP 40 at Harvard University


May 27–August 16, 2014
Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA

Curated by Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary

JUNE 11, 2014
2–5pm Workshop Demonstration by Lauren Mabry
5–6pm Curator Lecture by Leslie Ferrin
6–8pm Opening Reception

Link to Harvard Ceramics for directions and workshop details,

The work in this exhibition was drawn from the CERAMIC TOP 40 | 2013  show held at Red Star Studios – part of Bleger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, MO – and includes new work from artists working on the cutting edge of contemporary ceramics who were featured in the show.

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.

Object: Spoon
During a 2013 artist residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Canada, Vipoo Srivilasa sought a way to bring fellow artists together. Srivilasa generated a simple and effective mechanism that also celebrated their shared passion for their profession. He invited each resident to make a modest, universal object: a spoon. The resulting series of spoons was shown as a single entry under Srivilasa’s name in Ceramic Top 40.

Inspired by the response and strong sense of collaboration and connections that came from the project, Srivilasa quickly realised the potential of the idea. Upon his return to Australia, he put out an open invitation through his extensive social media networks, asking makers to create spoons and to submit digital images. From these submissions, 25 spoons were selected by Srivilasa, with advice from Vicki Grima, editor of The Journal of Australian Ceramics and Leslie Ferrin, curator of Ceramic Top 40.

The 2014 collection, will be presented as a group in Object: Spoon in the second venue of Ceramic Top 40 | New & Selected Works at Harvard Ceramics in Allston, Massachusetts, USA.

Generated by his basic human need for friendship in a new community, Srivilasa has inspired an international engagement between established and international ceramicists from 16 countries in this collaboration OBJECT: SPOON.

25 spoons from these 2014 finalists will be on exhibit:
Tinne Maria Andersen, Marta Armada, Elaine Bolt, Jim Bov’e, Meredith Brickell, Joey Chiarello, Kris Coad, Rachel Cramer, Sally Curry, Trisha Dean, Carole Epp, Klaus Gutowski, Evan Hobart, Vanessa Holle, Nayoung Im, Sukumarl Leksawat, Steven Low and Thai Kwan, Miro Mackiewicz, Fiona McDonald, Creina Moore, Jo Quirk, Bonnie Smith, Leilani Trinka, Gerry Wedd, Snow Yu