English, b. 1953, 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.

Paul Scott is represented by Ferrin Contemporary in the USA and The Scottish Gallery in Scotland.


Paul Scott, a material-based conceptual artist, creates ceramic work that blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design. With a penchant for rescuing cast-offs, he restores them to a new life by using them as a canvas for biting social commentary. His work tells stories that explore the unexpected movement of images through materials, media, cultures, politics, histories, and geographies, inviting us to see these objects in a new way.

Scott is an authority on printed vitreous surfaces. His research, artwork, and book, Ceramics in Print, has been instrumental in the phenomenal growth of printmaking techniques in contemporary ceramics.

Scott’s latest book, Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics, co-edited with Knut Astrup Bull, explores the complex journey of ideas and images to their realization in blue and white, then multicoloured tablewares. Blending historical enquiry with contemporary practice, the book illustrates how artists re-appropriate this historical genre. Text and visual essays explore unexpected political and cultural themes, changing the way we view these familiar objects.

In the fall of 2013, Scott, a resident of the UK, traveled in the US, visiting museum collections of transferware and participating in artist residencies at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and Project Art in Massachusetts. His series, American Scenery, presents a striking duality with current American imagery applied to antique china pieces that brings the past forward, exposes us to how we have shaped our landscape, and hints at what the future may hold.

Scott embarked on a new body of work in 2014 that involves the physical collaging of antique fragments using traditional ceramic conservation methods to join the elements. The mending, melding, and juxtaposition of the separate components creates completely new work, proving, again, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Scott’s work can be found in public and private collections around the globe. Ferrin Contemporary represents Scott in the US. His work can be viewed online at, at Project Art in Cummington, MA, and at various venues in the US.


Paul Scott’s work has been acquired by museums around the world.

Visit these museums in the US that have recently acquired work from Scott’s American Scenery series.

RISD Museum
MFA Boston
Brooklyn Museum
Newark Museum
Carnegie Museum of Art
Mount Holyoke Art Museum
Chipstone Foundation


Air UK/KLM Airways, Northern Arts
Alturas Foundation, USA
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Ateliers D’Art de France, Paris, France
Australian National University Canberra
Bankfield Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, USA
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton, England, UK
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre, Bury, Lancashire, UK
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergård, Denmark
Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, UK
Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Cleveland Contemporary Art Collection, Middlesbrough, England, UK
Contemporary Art Society for: Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, England; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, England; National Museum of Wales at Cardiff, Wales’ National Museums Liverpool, England, UK
Copeland Borough Council Collection, Oregon College of Art and Craft Collection, Portland, OR, USA
The Crafts Council, London, England, UK
Cumbria County Council Print Loan Collection, Cumbria, England, UK
Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Denison University Granville Ohio USA
Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada
Expo Ceramic Museum, Kyonggido, South Korea
Gallery Oldham, Oldham, England, UK
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum, Gustavsberg, Sweden
Handlesbankens, Stockholm, Sweden
Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK
International Ceramic Center, Skælskør, Denmark
International Ceramic Studios, Kecskemét, Hungary
Jam Factory, Adelaide, Australia
Kohler Company, USA, Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada
Leicestershire Education Committee Collection for Schools and Colleges, Leicestershire, England, UK
Manchester Metropolitan University Library, Special Collections, Manchester, England, UK
Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, England, UK
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA, USA
Musé Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum Bellerive, Collection of Decorative Arts, Zurich
National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
National Museum of Art Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, England, UK
Nelson Mandela Foundation, Houghton, South Africa
Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ, USA
Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, UK
Nordenfjeldske Kunstinustrimuseum (National Museum Decorative Arts) Trondheim, Norway
Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent, England, UK
RISD Museum, Providence, RI, USA
Rörstrand Museum Lidköping, Sweden
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Statens Konstråd (National Public Art Council) Sweden
Touchstones, Rochdale, England, UK
Tullie House Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria, England, UK
University of Wales Ceramics Collection, Cardiff, Wales, UK
University South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
York City Museum and Art Gallery, York, England, UK


REVIVE, REMIX, RESPOND The Frick Pittsburgh 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh Group show of contemporary artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and...

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2018

Ferrin Contemporary at the NEW YORK CERAMICS & GLASS FAIR 2018 Jan 18–21, 2018 Kurt Weiser, "Random House (globe)" 2017, porcelain, glaze, china paint, metal, 30 x 14 x 14"....

C-File: RE-Reamimate, Repair, Mend, and Meld

Bill Rogers, Managing Editor of C-File, reviews RE-Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld at Ferrin Contemporary.  “The aesthetics of and philosophical questions surrounding repairs were explored in-depth with RE-Reanimate, Repair, Mend…

RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld

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…

Year in Review 2015

YEAR IN REVIEW 2015 A review of last year's highlights and trends with special thanks to all who made it possible with their art, interest, encouragement, and support. Click here...

ANTIQUES: Getting the Blues

In its January–February 2016 issue, The Magazine ANTIQUES featured Shax Riegler’s article “Getting the Blues: Transfer ware translated by three contemporary artists.” Paul Scott, Andrew Raftery, and Don Moyer were…

New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016

Ferrin Contemporary presents Paul Scott in “Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s): American Scenery” at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016. Public Lecture: January 22, 2pm Join us for a lecture…

Yes Virginia, Collecting Ceramics Can Be Hip

Lynn Bryne remarked on her experience at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair, “… there were several dealers that showcased work by contemporary artisans. By far, my favorite was the artists represented by…

Emporiums of the Waggish and Weird

The New York Times Art & Design   |   Emporiums of the Waggish and Weird, Browsing at Metro Curates and the Ceramics and Glass Fair by WILLIAM GRIMES Grimes takes note of…

RISD Raid the Icebox Digital Catalog can be found HERE.

RISD Raid the Icebox |  New American Scenery: Paul Scott can be found HERE.

‘Raid the Ice Box’ Digital Catalog

Produced by the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 2019

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its exhibition Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol, the RISD Museum is engaging contemporary artists and designers Pablo Bronstein, Nicole Eisenman, Pablo Helguera, Beth Katleman, Simone Leigh, Sebastian Ruth, Paul Scott, and Triple Canopy to create new bodies of work or create a unique curatorial project using the museum as a site for critical, creative production and presentation. Employing the galleries and digital platforms as well as spaces beyond the museum walls, these artists will question dominant narratives and highlight the strengths and idiosyncrasies of the museum’s collection, which includes more than 100,000 works spanning ancient times to the present. A landmark example of artist-curated museum exhibitions, Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol (1970) presented entire sections of objects as they appeared in storage, with little or no connoisseurial regard for their condition, authenticity, or art historical status. It remains one of the most celebrated and subversive exhibitions in contemporary art history.

Raid the Icebox Now is made possible by a lead grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the RISD Museum Associates, Judy and Robert Mann, Taylor Box Company, and a generous in-kind gift from Meyer Sound Laboratories.

PAUL SCOTT: Ceramics and Print

Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, Third Edition, 2012

Ceramics and Print presents a full range of techniques for printing on clay from low-tech monoprints to digital laser decals. The latest digital technologies, 3-d printing, photographic techniques, and studio-based transfer processes are explored in detail. “It is inspiring.”

144-page, full-color, softbound book

Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics

Published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, Germany edited by Paul Scott and Knut Astrup Bull An exploration of the impact and importance of printed tablewares, now making a comeback. The new artwork reflects a significant cultural impact around the world. Horizon melds historical enquiry with contemporary practice.

220 pages, illustrated hardcover

June 11, 2021 | The Mint Museum’s Founders’ Circle is pleased to present their first-ever International Founders’ Hour featuring UK-based artist, Paul Scott. From his studio in Cumbria, Scott creates contemporary versions of traditional blue and white transferware ceramics, updating this historic media for the 21st century. Introductions by Leslie Ferrin and Brian Gallagher.