contemporary porcelain

Renwick Alliance: Berkshire Tour in October

Renwick Alliance: Berkshire Tour in October

Mint Museum Founder’s Circle & James Renwick Alliance
HEART OF THE BERKSHIRES TOUR
A Visual Arts Experience in Western Massachusetts
October 19–22, 2017
curated itinerary focused on studio ceramics and glass for up to 20

THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT.
If your group (of ten or more) is interested in your own curated tour of the arts in the Berkshires, let us know. We’d love to help you plan.

Sergei Isupov
Sergei Isupov
Josh Simpson
Josh Simpson

Every year, cultural tourism attracts visitors from all corners of the globe to the Berkshires, drawn by the opportunity to experience contemporary art and culture at world-class institutions, including museums, theaters and galleries.

Director Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary and Project Art, a specialist in contemporary clay, with the help of Mark Leach, Independent Arts Writer, Museum Consultant, and Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, will curate a four day/three night tour of Western Massachusetts with a focus on studio ceramics and glass.

Guests will make connections with key people in behind-the-scenes experiences with curators and artists. They will experience the Berkshire’s slow food movement at a range of fabulous dining experiences. Two special meals that include sampling local crafted beers and farm produce will be presented on locally-made tableware. These will take place in the studios of Josh Simpson and at Project Art with Sergei Isupov and resident artists.

Studio visits include:
• artists-in-residence at the studios at MASS MoCA
• various artists working in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts
ceramicists: Mark Shapiro and Mara Superior
sculptors: Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets
visiting artist: Paul Scott
glass artists: Josh Simpson and Wesley Fleming

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Penn State News: Jason Walker invited artist at Korean ceramic festival

Penn State News: Jason Walker invited artist at Korean ceramic festival

PENN STATE NEWS: JASON WALKER INVITED ARTIST AT KOREAN CERAMIC FESTIVAL

Tammy Hosterman reports in the PENN State News: 
Alumnus Jason Walker an invited artist at prominent Korean ceramic festival

May 23, 2017

Penn State alumnus Jason Walker is an invited artist in “Story Telling: About Life” at the ninth Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB) 2017 in Korea, presented by the Korea Ceramic Foundation. The exhibition began April 22 and runs through May 28 at the Icheon World Ceramics Center in Icheon Cerapia, Gyeonggi province.

“It is a great honor to be a part of this exhibition,” said Walker, who earned his master of fine arts degree in 1999. “I was invited to the event in 2003 to demonstrate and lecture. When I visited at that time I did not realize how celebrated ceramics is in South Korea. I have dedicated my life to making my ceramic work, and I feel very fortunate to have this kind of recognition.” More.

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Galerie Magazine: Patriotic Passions & Mara Superior profile

Galerie Magazine: Patriotic Passions & Mara Superior profile

Galerie Magazine: Patriotic Passions & Mara Superior profile

Mara Superior featured in GALERIE Magazine

“Patriotic Passions”  by author Suzy Slesin features Superior’s important commission, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” based on the principles of democracy for a prominent New York private collection.

“Mara Superior’s pieces are vessels of memory, powerful forms filled with remembrance of things past. They are commemorative icons expressing a hieratic spiritual quality that calls for ceremonial placement In the environment. The content of the drawings is contemplative and complex, the use of words gives clues to the paradox being explored.” … “Superior’s work is firmly grounded in the ceramic tradition; the ancient Greeks, too, decorated their ceremonial pots with narrative drawings. The fascinating physical beauty of glazed porcelain, with its copper-red blushes and floating cobalt blues, is of central value. They could not exist with the same impact in any other material. They are about ceramic art. The quality and content of the painting conjures memories of illuminated manuscripts and small botanical studies. There is a very personal and idiosyncratic quality in Superior’s work that co-exists with great strength and dignity. A unique freshness emerges from the artist’s almost cloistered, confident, personal vision.” — Angela Fina, American Ceramics Magazine Review

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POISE: Peter Christian Johnson press release

POISE: Peter Christian Johnson press release

POISE: Peter Christian Johnson press release

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

Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 4–6pm

“POISE explores the tension between acts of labor and collapse, between precision and failure.  It is a meditation on entropy that uses Gothic cathedrals as a foil to examine the dichotomy of beauty and loss. For this exhibition Johnson has created a series of highly organized architectural forms based on the floor plans of historic cathedrals. These forms are distorted and deconstructed under the weight of the glaze in an attempt to find virtue in brokenness.” — Peter Christian Johnson

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Click here to view work by Peter Christian Johnson.

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CLAY POLITICS with Justin Rothshank

CLAY POLITICS with Justin Rothshank

Clay Politcs with Justin Rothshank

October 15, 3–5
Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Gallery open Wed–Sun, 11–5.

Join us in the gallery to meet one of the featured artists in KNOW JUSTICE,  Justin Rothshank for a discussion of Clay Politics

At 4:00, Justin Rothshank will join in conversation with Elenor Wilson, editor of the Studio Potter journal, in the gallery at Ferrin Contemporary.

They will discuss the ways in which contemporary ceramics and art is used to raise awareness of social and political issues. The exhibition, KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank, incites conversations about justice, our political system, and the structures that govern them.

Elenor Wilson the editor of Studio Potter journal and an independent artist living in Western Massachusetts. She has traveled extensively as an artist, including residencies in Taiwan, Finland, and throughout the U.S.

Click here for more on Know Justice: Brooke & Justin Rothshank.

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KNOW JUSTICE — PREVIEW

KNOW JUSTICE — PREVIEW

KNOW JUSTICE — PREVIEW

Join us at Ferrin Contemporary, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
on Saturday, August 13 for a PREVIEW of KNOW JUSTICE.

Justin Rothshank will present a tablescape of original decal-printed ceramics depicting the 44 US presidents.

KNOW JUSTICE
September 10–November 13

presents a two-person show by Justin and Brooke Rothshank focusing on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history. Brooke’s miniature watercolor portraits are complemented by Justin’s decal-printed tableware.

Save the date: KNOW JUSTICE DISH+DINE Saturday, October 15, panel 3–5, dinner 6–9
Click here to let us know of your interest so we can fill you in on the details as we firm up our plans.

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Clay is Hot! CONNOISSEURSHIP discussion press release

Clay is Hot! CONNOISSEURSHIP discussion press release

Clay is Hot! CONNOISSEURSHIP discussion press release

Ferrin Contemporary presents

CLAY IS HOT! — CONNOISSEURSHIP: BUY, SELL, GIVE

a discussion about the changing marketplace and its impact on 21st century art collections.
Join us on Sunday, July 10 from 3–5 in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams.
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Moderator Leslie Ferrin will lead panelists in a conversation-style discussion and exchange with the audience about issues surrounding changes taking place in and impacts on public and private collections. The panel will consist of Doug Anderson, art collector; Mark Leach, independent curator and author; Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, author, editor, and independent curator; and Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, MFA Boston.

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EXPOSED press release

EXPOSED press release

EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes
group show of ceramic figural sculpture by masters 1970–present

1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
June 18–August 7, 2016

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EXPOSED: Heads, Busts, and Nudes is an exhibition of figural ceramic sculpture from 1970 to the present and features masterworks from estates and private collections alongside recent work direct from artist studios.

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