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NATURE/NURTURE on WAMC, March 11, 2020

“Considering the impact that the #MeToo movement is having on all professions, artists were asked to pause and reflect on the role gender plays in their artistic practice and to consider the nurturing experiences that have shaped them. To tell us more, we welcome Senior Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA Susan Cross, an artist featured in Ferrin Contemporary’s “Nature/Nurture” group exhibition Anina Major, and director of Ferrin Contemporary and curator of Nature/Nurture Leslie Ferrin….”

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“Nature/Nurture” Installation View, Giselle Hicks and Tricia Zimic, 2020.

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Ferrin Contemporary featured in The Rogovoy Report

Nature/Nurture, an exhibition featuring works by a dozen contemporary female artists exploring the influence of gender and its impact on their practice, opens at Ferrin Contemporary on the MASS MoCA campus on Wednesday, March 4, and runs through Saturday, March 28. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Nature/Nurture includes work by Cristina Córdova, Giselle HicksLauren MabryAnina MajorCrystal Morey, Kadri PärnametsLinda Sikora, Sally SilberbergLinda SorminMara SuperiorRae Stern, and Tricia Zimic.

The timely exhibition explores ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers….”

Rae’ut Stern, Artist Portrait, photo by T. Maxwell Wagner.

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Building 13 Open House at MASS MoCA

Building 13 Open House at MASS MoCA


Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA



Celebrate the art and artists in Building 13 at MASS MoCA. View ongoing and new exhibitions, meet artists and see work in process in The Studios at MASS MoCA, and browse the gallery and art library at The Artist Book Foundation.

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5–7pm
Building 13, 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Beer, wine, and refreshments will be served

Ferrin Contemporary

The Studios at MASS MoCA, a program of Assets for Artists
The Artist Book Foundation



CYNTHIA-REEVES: Thomas Jackson — exhibition and artist working on-site
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Ferrin Contemporary: Sergei Isupov — Selections from Hidden Messages, ceramic sculpture
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The Artist Book Foundation: Mary Sipp Green — Summer Vistas and Atmospheric abstracts, autographed copies of Green’s beautiful monograph, “Every Hour of the Light”
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The Studios at MASS MoCA by Assets for Artists: Open Studios
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• Art in the Building 13 Common Area
Giselle Hicks — tile painting produced at Arts / Industry Kohler Co., former resident artist at Project Art, courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary
Yechel Gagnon — custom-made and hand carved plywood, courtesy of CYNTHIA-REEVES

The Chalet: Bella — live music in MASS MoCA’s riverside beer garden
Bar opens at 5:30pm; events begin around 8pm.
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A complex of beautifully restored 19th-century mill buildings, which includes the museum galleries and multi-venue center for the performing arts, the MASS MoCA campus is a constellation of creative artists, innovative programs, cultural institutions, businesses, and lovers of great art, food, and drink who come together to infuse the historic factory setting with vibrant culture and commerce.

Building 13 is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, at the south end of the museum campus.

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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.

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The trend of international artists creating contemporary works embedded into centers of industrial porcelain production continues to grow. Our special exhibition of contemporary porcelain made in Jingdezhen, China was presented at the New York Ceramic & Glass Fair, New York, NY.

Julie Bartholomew, Caroline Cheng, Sam Chung, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis), Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Mathieu, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa

Read more… Darryl Wee in Blouin Art Info


American museums are actively acquiring contemporary ceramics created from 1950 to the present through purchases of masterworks from private collections and the milestones by artists at mid-career.

Kurt Weiser, "Pair of Cubist Vases (2)" 2013, porcelain, cobalt pigment, glaze, 23.5 x 12 x 10".


Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics
Mount Holyoke College Museum
South Hadley, MA
A collection survey with contemporary artists
Sin-ying Ho
Steven Young Lee
Paul Scott
Kurt Weiser
image: Kurt Weiser, Pair of Cubist Vases, permanent collection of Mount Holyoke Art Museum

Read more… Holly Davis in Maine Antique Digest

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum:
(right) George Inness, American (1825-1894), "Saco Ford: Conway Meadows" 1876,
oil on canvas.
(center top) Homer Dodge Martin, American (1836-1897), "A Glimpse of Lake Placid," 1887, oil on canvas.
(center bottom) Paul Scott, "Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Hudson River, Indian Point No. 4, " 2015, ceramic transfer decal. 
(left) Albert Bierstadt, American (1830-1902), "Hetch Hetchy Canyon," 1875, oil on canvas

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Mount Holyoke Art Museum, S. Hadley, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
RISD Art Museum, Providence, RI
The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI


walker 2015

On the River, Down the Road
solo exhibition
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA

Bridge 13
solo exhibition
Society for Contemporary Craft
Pittsburgh, PA

Read more… Anthony Stellacio in C-FILE


NCECA 2015

March 2015: All around Providence and environs led by Leslie Ferrin and Paul Sacaridiz in the annual, behind-the-scenes tour of private collections, museum exhibitions, and gallery shows in conjunction with the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts.

“I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come.”  Read more… NCECA March 2016

Sergei Isupov, "Beneath the Sky Giants" detail, 2015, porcelain, slip, glaze, 32 x 14 x 15".

This year’s NCECA conference exhibitions in New England took full advantage of the exploding trend of showing contemporary art in historic contexts by artists who use history to inform their contemporary art practice.

OF EARTH & SEA: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection
group show including Sergei Isupov
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA

PAUL SCOTT & ANDREW RAFTERY: Transferware Scenery — Gardens, Bridges, Trucks, Turbines, and Willows

Paul Scott
Andrew Raftery
Benson Hall Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI


There is a lineage among artists working in clay. Our summer exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, is the first of a series curated by Leslie Ferrin to explore multigenerational trends in contemporary ceramics. The 2015 survey focused on color theory and abstract expressionism and presented works for sale from the secondary market side by side with important works by emerging and established mid-career artists.

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
group show
Ramon 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, Betty Woodman

Read more… Brook Mason in Wallpaper*


Sergei Isupov, Russian, born in Ukraine into a well-known family of artists, worked in his parents’ studios until he left home at age 11 for full-time art school.  He continues the tradition in the USA by working in the studio he shares with his wife and daughter.

Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, Roosi Isupov

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA


A never ending trend. The powerful visual result of applying cobalt to porcelain continues to inspire artists and curators, and influence design. In addition to ceramics, Laurent de Verneuil curated this important traveling exhibition that included painting, photography, styrofoam, and video.

Foundation Bernadaud, Limoges, France
Museum Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
group show including
Sin-ying Ho
Caroline Slotte
Bouke de Vries

Read more…. Bill Rodgers in C-FILE


There is a lineage among artists working in clay. Our summer exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, is the first of a series curated by Leslie Ferrin to explore multigenerational trends in contemporary ceramics. The 2015 survey focused on color theory and abstract expressionism and presented works for sale from the secondary market side by side with important works by emerging and established mid-career artists.

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
group show
Ramon 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, Betty Woodman

Read more… Brook Mason in Wallpaper*



Follow along as we travel to present lectures, attend art fairs, visit private and public collections and go behind the scenes in museum storage. In 2015, we thank our hosts in Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, Asheville, Penland, Sparta, Charlotte, London, Cumbria, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Washington, New Haven, and of course, New York City.

Trending, now official, #clayiseverywhere


solo exhibition

Ferrin Contemporary introduced Cristina Córdova to the international art scene in Miami with new sculpture and painting.  One of the most recognized international figural sculptors working today and a recipient of the USA artist fellowship, her schedule in 2016 is set: studio time, new equipment, and a solo exhibition.

Read more… Bill Rodgers in C-FILE


Ralph Bacerra
Julie Bartholomew
Robin Best
Stephen Bowers
Caroline Cheng
Sam Chung
Cristina Córdova
Claire Cureen
Bouke de Vries
Richard Dillingham
Raymon Elozua
Viola Frey
Future Retrieval
Giselle Hicks
Sin-Ying Ho
Sergei Isupov
Garth Johnson
Jun Kaneko
Jae Yong Kim
Steven Young Lee
Lauren Mabry
Paul Mathieu
Sara Moorhouse
Ron Nagle
George Ohr
Frances Palmer
Kadri Pärnamets
Peter Pincus
Andrew Raftery
Paul Scott
Robert Silverman
Caroline Slotte
Linda Sormin
Vipoo Srivilasa
Mara Superior
Toshiko Takaezu
Jason Walker
Kurt Weiser
Beatrice Wood
Betty Woodman
Read more…

Abmeyer & Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Benson Hall Gallery at RISD, Providence, RI
Bernadaud, Limoges, France
Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Blue Line, Roseville, CA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
Ceramic Research Center, ASU, Tempe, AZ
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Cross MacKenzie Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Cynthia-Reeves, North Adams, MA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
David Austin Art Projects Inc., Palm Desert, CA
David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
George Adams Gallery, New York, NY
The Grocery Store Gallery, Mountaindale, NY
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Hunterdon Art Museum, Hunterdon, NJ
Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY
Kasher | Potamkin Gallery, New York, NY
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA
New York Ceramic & Glass Fair, New York, NY
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
Rago Arts & Auction Center, Lambertville, NJ
RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY
William Shearborn Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Alturas Foundation, San Antonio, TX
AMACO Indianapolis, IN
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Artist Legacy Foundation, Oakland, CA
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Montpelier, VT
International Academy of Ceramics
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MCLA, North Adams, MA
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Boulder, CO
Office for the Arts at Harvard, Ceramics Program, Allston, MA
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Placer Community Foundation, Auburn, CA
Sheffield Pottery, Sheffield, MA
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

American Craft
The Art of Inventive Repair
(Andrew Baseman)
Artsy Guide
Asian in NY
Blouin Art Info
Ceramic Art & Perception
Ceramic Review
Ceramics Monthly
The China Press
Crafts Magazine
DXV American Standard
(Lynn Bryne)
Hi Fructose
Maine Antique Digest

New York Observer (culture)
New York Times: Art & Design
Rogovoy Report
Rural Intelligence
The Studio Potter
Take Magazine
Read more…

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
Founders Circle, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark
Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, KHIO, Oslo, Norway
Royal College of Art, London, UK
University of the Arts, Central St. Martins, London, UK

Candice Groot
Anne Wollman

Donald Clark
Jake Czaja
Dan Farrell
Alexandra Jelleberg
Bill Kelly
John Polak
Melissa Post
Rebecca Weinman
Lynn Zimmerman

June Ferrin
Chase Gamblin
Roosi Isupov
Sergei Isupov
Alexandra Jelleberg
Bradley Klem
Kadri Pärnamets
Paul Scott
Graeme Sloan
Lucy Sloan

Ceramic Top 40 | 2013

Ceramic Top 40 | 2013

Exhibition of artists under and over age 40 currently working in ceramics

November 1 – January 25, 2014
presented by Ferrin Contemporary and Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri

Ceramic Top 40 | 2013 presents art work by individual artists, collaborators, and design partners – half over and half under age 40 – drawn from the finalists of juried submissions and by invitation. These artists are currently working on the cutting edge of current processes, ideas, and presentation concepts in conceptual utilitarian and sculptural ceramics.

The exhibition emerged from the need for a fresh overview of contemporary ceramics. The increased integration of ceramic art and objects in recent exhibitions at museums and contemporary art galleries has increased media attention and awareness of the importance of the medium of clay in our time for this generation of makers and collectors.

This survey of contemporary ceramic art features the work of established masters continuing to break creative ground alongside the next generation of artists who are developing a strong root system of their own at mid career.

CERAMIC TOP 40 ARTISTS  |  Susan Beiner •  Robin Best  •  Stephen Bird  •  Stephen Bowers  •  Jessica Brandl  •  Andy Brayman  •  Beth Cavener  •  Craig Clifford  •  Mark Cooper  •  Cristina Cordova  •  Guy Michael Davis (Future Retrieval)  •  Thomas Lowell  Edwards  •  Michelle  Erickson  •  Sean Erwin  •  Leopold Foulem  •  Alessandro Gallo  •  Misty Gamble  •  Gerit Grimm  •  Rain Harris  •  Giselle Hicks  •  Peter Christian Johnson  •  Brian R. Jones  •  Ryan LaBar  •  Steven Young Lee  •  Linda Lighton  •  Daniel Listwan  •  Lauren Mabry • Aya Margulis (Doda Design)  •  Walter McConnell •  Sara Moorhouse  •  Ron Nagle  •  Katie Parker (Future Retrieval)  •  Kate Roberts  •  Stephanie Rozene   •  Anders Ruhwald   •  Michael Schwegmann  •  Paul Scott  •  Richard Shaw  •  Adam Shiverdecker  •  Bobby Silverman  •  Linda Sormin  •  Shawn Spangler  •  Vipoo Srivilasa  (The Spoon Project)  •  Dirk Staschke  •  Rae’ut Stern (Doda Design)  •  Emily Sudd  •  Tip Toland  •  Clare Twomey  •  Shaleene Valenzuela  •  Jason Walker

VIPOO SRIVILASA  |  OBJECT: SPOON   |  Liz Burrit  •  Thomas Cheong  •  Naomi Clement  •  Jenn Demke-Lange  •  Jason Desnoyers  •  Krisaya Luenganantakul  •  Laura McKibbon  •  Noriko Masuda  •  Teo Huey Min  •  Jun Myoung  •  Aaron Nelson  •  Joshua Primmer  •  James Seet  •  Vipoo Srivilasa  •  Jenna Stanton

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SCENE + SEEN: Summer 2013 | Project Art and Ferrin Gallery

SCENE + SEEN: Summer 2013 | Project Art and Ferrin Gallery


SUMMER 2013 at Project Art and Ferrin Gallery

Summer brings ART + ARTISTS from far away places around the world Adelaide, Australia, Jingdezhen, China, Seoul, Korea, to the small village in Cummington, MA, USA on the Eastern edge of the Berkshires, in the heart of the Hilltowns and just west of the Pioneer Valley.

The former mill building, on the bank of the Westfield River, became Project Art in 2007 and  home base for Sergei Isupov and Leslie Ferrin.  Now with Ferrin Contemporary located there, and Sergei and his wife Kadri traveling to Estonia in the summer, the studio hosts resident artists and new projects get launched.  This year the sessions run July – September.

Adjacent to the group studio on the first floor, Ferrin Contemporary exhibits selections from current projects and houses the library, offices and warehouse.

Our next open house and artist salon is Tuesday, August 14, 6 – 8:00, but other days, we are open by appointment.  Call 413.446.0614 or email leslie.ferrin@gmail.com


SERGEI ISUPOV – portrait plates and small sculptures featured in Small Works at Ferrin Contemporary, at Project Art, Cummington, MA, USA.

Selected works from our current projects, “Walk the Plank”, surfboard from New Blue and White by Stephen Bowers and Peter Walker and Moon Jar by Joon Park, one of the summer residents at Project Art.

giselle hicks | sergei isupov | stephen young lee | adam shiverdecker | jason walker | kurt weiser

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JULY: Robin Best | Joon Park | Molly Weiss

AUGUST: Joon Park | Tanya Rudenjak | Wendy Gingell

Link to MORE on Project Art …


Link to “The Personal is Professional in American Craft Magazine by Sarah Buttenweiser