CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE at the Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT May 11, 2024 – October 20, 2024

MAY 11 – OCT 20, 2024


6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482


CONFECTED, BORROWED & BLUE: Transferware by Paul Scott

The first in a series of “interventions” by contemporary artists features works by British artist Paul Scott, known for his provocative reinterpretation of 19th-century transferware. Plates, platters, and jugs by Scott will be displayed alongside objects from the Museum’s collection creating “segues” that spark dialogue between the old and new.


Important Dates:
May 11, 2024 – Opening
Oct. 20, 2024 – Closing

Opening Reception:
June 7, 2024 | 3pm
Free and open to the public

Public Artist Talk:

Friday, June 7th, 2024 | 3pm
Auditorium, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as artist, author, curator, and gardener Paul Scott discusses his artistic practice, which includes provocative reinterpretations of 19th-century transferware. Scott will pay special attention to the work he produced for the 2024 Shelburne Museum exhibition Confected, Borrowed & Blue: Transferware by Paul Scott. This show is the first in a planned series of “interventions,” in which contemporary artists respond to Shelburne Museum’s outstanding collections. Plates, platters, and jugs created by Scott—including a special commission exploring the role of the sugar industry in the Museum’s founding—are displayed alongside historical ceramics in the Variety Unit, sparking dialogue between past and present.

Talk will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes, followed by an audience Q & A. The Museum will remain open until 7:30 p.m., allowing attendees time to visit the exhibition after the talk.

Study Day with American Ceramics Circle:

June 7, 2024 | 10 – 5pm
Fees: $50 for members; $60 for guests
(admission and lunch are included)
Limited to 20

Join the American Ceramics Circle for a day of private, curator-led tours and programs at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont to explore the ceramic collections and a private tour of “Confected, Borrowed & Blue: Transferware” with the artist Paul Scott.

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English, b. 1953, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

Paul Scott is a Cumbrian-based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. Creating individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design, he is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic.

Scott’s artworks can be found in public collections around the globe – including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Museums Liverpool, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA. Commissioned work can be found in a number of UK museums as well as public places in the North of England, including Carlisle, Maryport, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has also completed large-scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark.

A combination of rigorous research, studio practice, curation, writing and commissioned work ensures that his work is continually developing. It is fundamentally concerned with the re-animation of familiar objects, landscape, pattern and a sense of place. He was Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) from 2011–2018. Scott received his Bachelors of Art Education and Design at Saint Martin’s College and Ph.d at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design in Manchester, England.

His current research project New American Scenery has been enabled by an Alturas Foundation artist award, Ferrin Contemporary, and funding from Arts Council England. More on New American Scenery, here.


Shelburne Museum is an unparalleled and unique experience of American history, art, and design. Designed to allow visitors the pleasure of discovery and exploration, the Museum includes thirty-nine distinct structures on forty-five acres, each filled with beautiful, fascinating, and whimsical objects. Come play in our gardens and open our many doors. You are welcome here.

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6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482


Additional works may be available to acquire, but not listed here.

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