FERRIN CONTEMPORARY at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

Housed in an airy building on MASS MoCA’s 16-acre campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, Ferrin Contemporary’s year-round location is only a short walk from the museum’s front door. Specializing in contemporary ceramic art and sculpture, the gallery offers selected works for sale by represented artists, masterworks from private collections, and curated exhibitions.

Ferrin Contemporary makes the space available for funded, curated exhibitions through Independent Art Projects.  This program draws from a broad range of international artists, government supported agencies, private foundations and commercial galleries. Also located in Building 13 is Cynthia Reeves Gallery, The Artist Book Foundation, Assets for Artists, and The Studios at MASS MoCA.

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PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

solo exhibition

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
November 10-December 29th, 2018

Ferrin Contemporary presents PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood, a creative investigation into the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama

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solo exhibition

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
July 28–September 16, 2018

Preview: Thursday, July 26, 5-7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday August 2, 7:00 pm

Ferrin Contemporary presents Del balcón, a solo exhibition of new work by Cristina Córdova, featuring large and small figurative sculptures exploring the relationship between the human and geographic connections within her native Puerto Rican landscape.

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Sergei Isupov, “Sailor and Beauty,” “Partners,” “Old Story,” “Do Not Press,” “Swiftness,” “Aperitif,” “Take Breath,” and “Who Will Win” 2018, porcelain, slip, varied sizes ≈ 8 x 3.5 x 2″.


April 28–July 22, 2018

Ferrin Contemporary presents DIRECTIONS: Sergei Isupov, the first exhibition in a series in which the gallery will shine focus on artists whose recent work captures a transitional moment in their creative process. The DIRECTIONS series shows results from technical experimentation and explores the development of new installation concepts.

First to be presented is work by Sergei Isupov, whose sculpture titled Directions, inspired the series. A larger-than-life, authoritarian figure, the sculpture points towards a group of the artist’s smaller porcelain works which explore a range of ideas leading in new directions. Isupov, an established sculptor based in Cummington, MA, and Tallinn, Estonia, is world known for his surrealistic, figure-ground personal narratives which simultaneously integrate painted imagery and dimensional surfaces.

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The Women provides Ferrin Contemporary an opportunity to highlight the range of work by women artists affiliated with thegallery program who are known for their work in ceramics.

Ceramic Art and Figural Sculpture
Robin Best, Christie Brown, Caroline Cheng, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Ruth Duckworth, Viola Frey, Giselle Hicks, Coille McLaughlin Hooven, Crystal Morey, Kadri Pärnamets, Elsa Rady, Caroline Slotte, Mara Superior, Toshiko Takaezu
Susan Thayer, Patti Warashina, Beatrice Wood, Elizabeth (Betty) Woodman

Studio Pottery and Design*
Works by Laura Andreson, Dorothy Hafner, Karen Karnes, Jenny Mendez, Linda Sikora
*available in Ferrin Contemporary square shop

Raymon Elozua, R&D II, Re-16a-1, 2014, ceramic, glaze, steel, glass, 33 x 29 x 46".


ROBIN BEST porcelain forms with on-glaze Xin Cai

RAYMON ELOZUA  sculptural work made of steel, glass, and ceramic from Hubris and R&D series

BOUKE de VRIES recent sculpture using re-constructed ceramic objects

SERGEI ISUPOV selected works from Erie Art Museum’s “Hidden Messages” solo exhibition

KURT WEISER new linoleum cut prints and china painted porcelain

Peter Christian Johnson, portrait by John Polak.

solo exhibition

November 18–December 31, 2016
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

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Justin Rothshank, "Presidential Table" detail 2016.

KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank

September 10–November 13, 2016
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Justin and Brooke Rothshank, in a two-person show of portraiture, focusing on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history with decal-printed tableware (Justin) and miniature watercolor paintings (Brooke).

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a group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1965–present

Work by Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Ralph Bacerra, Christie Brown, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen De Staebler, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Gerit Grimm, Coille Hooven, Sergei Isupov, Georges Jeanclos, Doug Jeck, Takahiro Kondo, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser, Beatrice Wood

June 18–September 5, 2016
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

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Gallery view of Selected Work from Current Projects 2015.

Featuring work by Stephen Bowers, Ramon Elozua, Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, and Paul Scott.

Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

Bouke de Vries, "The Repair II" 2014, 18th century Chinese porcelain tureen stand, tureen cover, and mixed media, 14 x 10.5 x 10".

RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld
co-curated by Paul Scott and Andrew Baseman
a group show of work by contemporary ceramic artists explores the issues of conservation, restoration, over-consumption, reuse, and recycling

Featuring work by Stephen Bowers, Bouke de Vries, Ruan Hoffman, Noelle Horsfield, Sergei Isupov, Garth Johnson, Adam Lefebvre, Frances Palmer, Paul Scott, Caroline Slotte, Mara Superior, and Ai Weiwei

October 10–November 14, 2015
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, England, UK

January 21–24, 2016
January New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY

February 13–April 17, 2016
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA, US

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Peter Pincus, "Vessels" 2016, porcelain, slip, gold lustre, 21 x 30 x 8".

Featuring recent works by leading Ferrin Contemporary artists:
Bouke de Vries, Steven Young Lee, Peter Pincus, and Paul Scott’s American Scenery

April 23–June 5, 2016
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Lauren Mabry, "Spilling pipe" 2015, red earthenware, slip, glaze, 12 x 14 x 7".

This survey exhibition focused on a select group of international artists chosen for their use of fired clay and glaze pigment to convey abstract content. Their sculpture, objects, vessels, tile, and site-specific installations reveal intended, abstract results using fluidity, abstraction, and color theory.

Featured work by Raymon Elozua, Peter Christian Johnson, Jun Kaneko, Jae Yong Kim, Steven Young Lee, Lauren Mabry, Sara Moorhouse, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Peter Pincus, Robert Silverman, Linda Sormin, Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood, and Betty Woodman

June 20–August 16, 2015
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

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Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets and their five-year-old daughter, Roosi Isupov, divide their year between Estonia and the United States. They speak Russian, Estonian, English, and a visual language rich with complex imagery. Their artwork speaks in a universal language of art and reveals courageous inquiries into what it is to be human—intense explorations of self, relationship, and family. This show presents the art produced in their shared studio during the last seven months in Cummington, where they live and work at Project Art.

April 25–June 7, 2015
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

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Sergei isupov, "Busker" 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 28 x 22.5 x 12".


Sergei Isupov takes challenging narrative subject matter and merges it seamlessly with ceramic sculptural form. These exquisitely detailed sculptures capture a composite of fleeting moments, movements, sentiments, and emotion in a forceful questioning of deeply human relationships. Sergei Isupov is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.

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MIAMI PROJECT | Ferrin Contemporary | MADE IN CHINA : New Export Ware | Sin ying Ho, Robert Silverman, Caroline Cheng

MADE IN CHINA : New Export Ware

This curated series of exhibitions and talks, examines the contemporary, ceramic-centric exchange between eastern and western artists and markets.

October 18–November 16, 2014
Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

December 2–December 7, 2014
Miami Project, Miami, FL

January 22–January 25, 2014
New York Ceramics Fair 2014, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY

MADE IN CHINA reveals a dynamic relationship—with appropriation and collaboration occurring in both directions.

Marked by ever-increasing cross-cultural collaboration, this contemporary ceramics movement emerging from China is urging a re-definition of today’s export ware. With increasing frequency, western artists are traveling to China to produce ceramic work using traditional Chinese methods. Exhibitions in the United States, Australia, and Europe are bringing forward a new generation of export ware. In the summer of 2014, Leslie Ferrin travelled to Hong Kong, Chongqing, Jindezhen, and Shanghai to explore this growing cultural exchange. She participated in and lectured at workshops, visited galleries and museums, and toured studios where western artists work in collaboration with skilled Chinese artisans.

In this exhibition, Ferrin brings together work that reveals the essential aspects of contemporary ceramics currently coming out of China.

“After my visit to China, it was clear that this growing movement of western artists engaging with Chinese artisans to provide works for international markets was urging a contemporary re-definition of export ware. It is a dynamic relationship with appropriation and collaboration occurring in both directions, and we are fortunate that we will be able to truly explore the relationship, multiple exhibitions over the coming year.”– Leslie Ferrin

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