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Paul Scott in CLAYSCAPES | Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

Paul Scott in CLAYSCAPES | Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

When he was in college in the 1970s, Syracuse artist and entrepreneur Don Seymour named a series of ceramic landscape sculptures Clayscapes. This hybrid word, with roots in the earth and the ceramic community that is built around shaping it, felt so powerful that when he founded his ceramic supply business in 2003, he named it Clayscapes. A year later, a studio was added, and in 2010, a gallery.

In Central New York, clay is literally a part of the landscape. The ample deposits of clay beneath our feet were formed over many millennia by the weathering of minerals, including the pink granite from the shores of Lake Ontario that comprises a substantial part of the Everson’s building. These resources made it possible for Indigenous Onondaga potters to make some of the most distinctive wares of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. As the area became colonized by Europeans, potters produced durable crockery for food and alcohol storage, as well as massive amounts of brick and tile. In 1841, W. H. Farrar started a small pottery business, becoming the Onondaga Pottery Company in 1871, and later evolving into Syracuse China, which was at one point the largest manufacturer of porcelain dinnerware in the United States.

Clayscapes is a tribute to clay’s ubiquitous presence in our lives, and to the powerful metaphorical and spiritual role that it can play. The Everson’s famous collection of ceramics is filled with works that explore the landscape—from artist Robert Arneson’s monumental celebration of California’s mountainous landscape to Uruguayan-born Lidya Buzio’s earthy vessels adorned with the skyline of her adopted home in New York City. The collection contains many commercially produced souvenir plates and pitchers meant to commemorate and memorialize specific places. These wares are a distinctive part of the Museum’s collection, and they provide inspiration for contemporary artists such as Paul Scott, who makes commemorative plates that reflect the ways that humans have altered the landscape and exploited its resources.

As artists continue to shape clay, Clayscapes recognizes the ways in which clay shapes us. The Everson’s ceramic collection is filled with work that documents the joys and sorrows of humankind’s relationship with the Earth. This exhibition pays tribute to the powerful connection between artists and the world around them.

Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Paul Scott HERE

Clayscapes


At the Everson Museum of Art | Syracuse, NY | April 13 through October 20, 2024

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SOUVENIR OF SELMA | PAUL SCOTT | New American Scenery

SOUVENIR OF SELMA | PAUL SCOTT | New American Scenery | MLK | Notes from director, Leslie Ferrin

“Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.”
Martin Luther King, March 25, 1965, Montgomery, Alabama

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we are sharing Paul Scott‘s “Souvenir of Selma” currently on view at RISD Museum in Providence, RI. The piece is featured in New American Scenery, presented in the newly renovated porcelain room as one of the solo exhibitions in the museum-wide exhibition, “Raid the Icebox Now”.

The central image on the plate was taken on 7 March 2018, when Paul took part in a commemorative march in Selma, Alabama. The annual event commemorates 1965’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ when a group of 525 unarmed civil rights protesters met to promote black voter registration and to protest the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson by a state trooper during a February voter registration march in a nearby city. As the group, including children, marched peacefully across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met with unprovoked brutality as State Troopers, Sheriff’s deputies and a horse-mounted posse attacked, gassed and beat them. Media coverage of the event shocked the world and ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Paul’s plate is a bittersweet ‘souvenir’, though. While the front images act to commemorate the ultimately positive outcomes of the original march, he qualifies it, using a quote by acclaimed photo-journalist Chris Arnade, who asserts that although undoubtedly a symbol of past civil rights victories, Selma’s current state also demonstrates ongoing civil rights failures.

Looking deeper on this day that honors King’s legacy, his speech from over 50 years ago reminds us of what issues remain and the importance of the ballot in this election year.

“Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. The burning of our churches will not deter us. (Yes, sir) The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) Like an idea whose time has come, (Yes, sir) not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. (Yes, sir) We are moving to the land of freedom. (Yes, sir) … Let us march on ballot boxes, (Let’s march) march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.

Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs (Yes, sir) will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens. (Speak, Doctor)

Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march) until the Wallaces of our nation tremble away in silence.

Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march) until we send to our city councils (Yes, sir), state legislatures, (Yes, sir) and the United States Congress, (Yes, sir) men who will not fear to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.

Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march. March) until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda.

Let us march on ballot boxes (Yes) until all over Alabama God’s children will be able to walk the earth in decency and honor.”

 

Click HERE  to hear Martin Luther King’s speech in Montgomery, March 25, 1965.

Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), New American Scenery, Souvenir of Selma, AL. In-glaze screen print (decal) on salvaged Syracuse China with pearlware glaze, 30cm dia. Paul Scott 2019.

 

 

PAUL SCOTT: New American Scenery

 

New American Scenery  juxtaposes early 19th-century Staffordshire ceramic transferwares drawn from the shelves of the RISD Museum storage with new artworks by Paul Scott, Cumbrian Blue(s). Replacing the porcelain works typically on view in the newly renovated Lucy Truman Aldrich gallery, New American Scenery melds historic printed tablewares, altered antique ceramics, and reclaimed Syracuse China plates with new screenprints updating early transferware subjects for the 21st century.

New American Scenery is first presented in Raid The Icebox Now at RISD Museum, Providence RI from September 13, 2019- September 6, 2020.

New American Scenery will be presented in an expanded exhibition at Albany Institute of Art & History, Albany, NY from September 16, 2020- January 3, 2021.

RISD Museum, Providence, RI
in Raid The Icebox Now
on view through September 6, 2020.

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ClickHERE to inquire.

 

Photographs of Artwork by John Polak; Interior photography by Erik Gould

 

ABOUT PAUL SCOTT

 

Paul Scott is an English artist who lives and works in Cumbria, UK. He appropriates traditional blue and white transferwares to make contemporary artwork for 21st-century audiences. At the same time, he commemorates and celebrates a rich, complex historical genre that is inextricably linked to wider visual and political cultures. Alturas Foundation supported the creation of New American Scenery as part of its Artist In Residence program. Other funders included Arts Council EnglandFerrin Contemporary and RISD Museum.

 

Posted by AxelJ in Blog, NOTES FROM DIRECTOR
Revive, Remix, Respond at The Frick Pittsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond at The Frick Pittsburgh

Revive, Remix, Respond: 
Contemporary Ceramic Artists and The Frick Pittsburgh

February 17–May 27, 2018

Revive, Remix, Respond

Showcases contemporary artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and techniques. Contemporary ceramicists were invited to respond to and produce new works that reference the art, objects, and social history of the collections at The Frick Pittsburgh, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

photo: Mara Superior, “Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty/ A Collection” 2018.

Remix Your Friday Exhibition Preview

Friday, February 16, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for a happy hour in The Frick Art Museum to celebrate the opening of this exhibition, Be among the first to see this unique exhibition, which features work from established and emerging artists. The evening will also feature gallery talks from exhibition curator Dawn Brean and exhibited artist Beth Lipman (pictured).
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photo: Beth Lipman working at John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News
C-File: RE-Reamimate, Repair, Mend, and Meld

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 and Meld. The exhibition, originally presented at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair, explored different inventive ways people have repaired ceramics in the past. It pushes that thread into discussions about repairs that rise above their station and make a work more unique and pleasing. There are even a few works that border on Theseus’ paradox, with some “repairs” being two entirely different plates fused together like a porcelain Frankenstein.”

Click here to read full article.

Click here to see more about the exhibition.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld

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 recycling

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

February 13–April 17, 2016

Click here to view or download press release.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Releases
Decor Arts Now: “Friday Field Trip: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair”

Decor Arts Now: “Friday Field Trip: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair”

Lynn Byrne of Decor Art Now says, “I love this show because it is so intimate and colorful, plus it celebrates the best of old and new wares. Often times the contemporary artists are present to discuss their creations, usually with great passion… “One of my favorite aspects of the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair this year is a special exhibition, entitled Mended Ways.” She features work by Stephen Bowers, Bouke de Vries, and Paul Scott.

Click here to read full article.

Click here to view more work by Stephen Bowers.

Click here to view more work by Bouke de Vries.

Click here to view more work by Paul Scott.

Click here to view more work in “Mended Ways.”

 

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
Maine Antique Digest: Paul Scott in “Historical Accommodations”

Maine Antique Digest: Paul Scott in “Historical Accommodations”

“Historical Accommodations” by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond
from Maine Antique Digest Oct. 5, 2015

“Several months ago, Robert Hunter, editor of Ceramics in America and photographer extraordinaire, posted a Paul Scott platter on his Facebook page. Scott has ‘a penchant for rescuing cast-offs…[and] using them as a canvas for biting social commentary,'” Click here to read full article.

Click here to see more of Paul Scott’s work.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News, Press Coverage
New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016

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 by artist, author, and curator Paul Scott and Bouke de Vries, artist and restorer. Both artists will present images of their current work and discuss the intentional use of restoration methods in ceramics to create contemporary works of sculpture and design.
The lecture will be introduced and discussion moderated by dealer and expert in contemporary ceramics, Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary, who will present an overview of works by contemporary artists who use these methods in their practice.

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

 

Posted by AxelJ in Events, News, Past events
#ferrincontemporaryontheroad: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2015

#ferrincontemporaryontheroad: New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2015

Ferrin Contemporary spent eight days in New York for the NY Ceramics & Glass Fair in late January. There, we presented two exhibitions: MADE IN CHINA: The New Export Ware and Selected Work from Current Projects, featuring work by 18 artists from around the world.

Visitors and the NY press were surprised and delighted with their discovery of the contemporary ceramics at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair and spread the word about contemporary clay throughout the worlds of art and design. Here some of the highlights, along with links to read more.

Paul Scott, "Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Fracked No. 2″ 2013, inglaze decal collage, gold luster on ironstone platter (c.1860?), 8.5 x 1".

Paul Scott, “Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Fracked No. 2″ 2013, inglaze decal collage, gold luster on ironstone platter (c.1860?), 8.5 x 1”.

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

“A number of contemporary artists disturb the polite atmosphere of British tea sets and Chinese export pottery. Paul Scott, an English artist at Ferrin Contemporary, has updated English transferware, with its romantic evocations of American scenes, in the rudest possible way. ‘Turnpike No. 3,’ a rectangular tray showing a toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike, is one of a series devoted to such heartwarming sights as the Indian Point nuclear plant and a fracking derrick,” Grimes observed in his unabashed review of the oddities at two NY shows.

Read more here…

 

Paul Scott, "Cumbrian Blue(s), Willow Italian" 2014, Staffordshire transferware collage, gold leaf, tile cement, epoxy resin, 15 x 11".

Paul Scott, “Cumbrian Blue(s), Willow Italian” 2014, Staffordshire transferware collage, gold leaf, tile cement, epoxy resin, 15 x 11″.

The New York Observer

“Ceramics Crack the Contemporary Art Market”

Breaking the Mold
by Brook Mason

“Few slices of the art market have changed as radically, or, surprisingly, have been taken more seriously, in the past few years as the ever-so-sleepy ceramics and glass sector. … When it comes to contemporary ceramics, some dealers said, there’s a shift going on in terms of validity in the eyes of museums. ‘Glance back two decades only a handful of museums were incorporating such work in their holdings,’ said Massachusetts dealer Leslie Ferrin.”

Read more here…

 

Vipoo Srivilasa, "The Patience Flower" 2014, Jingdezhen super white porcelain, 10 x 6.6".

Vipoo Srivilasa, “The Patience Flower” 2014, Jingdezhen super white porcelain, 10 x 6.6″.

Blouin Art Info

Made in China: Ceramic Exports From Jingdezhen

by Darryl Wee

In his review of our show “MADE IN CHINA, Darryl Wee observes, “Whereas traditional ‘export ware’ used to be adorned with European ideas and subjects…, Ferrin notes that this notion of cultural export has shifted somewhat in recent years due to internationally networked and cosmopolitan artists who produce their pieces at Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop while gaining exposure primarily in Western markets halfway around the world.”

Read more here…

 

Mara Superior, "Wounded Beauty" 2014, porcelain, cobalt, glaze, gold luster, metal wire, 12 x 15 x 5.5".

Mara Superior, “Wounded Beauty” 2014, porcelain, cobalt, glaze, gold luster, metal wire, 12 x 15 x 5.5″.

Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair

“The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair – 2015”

by Andrew Baseman

Friend and blogger Andrew Baseman focused attention on contemporary ceramic “make-dos” including Paul Scott’s, Mara Superior’s, and Frances Palmer’s mended works. “It was heartening for me to see so many examples of antique and contemporary ceramics with inventive repair in such a prestigious venue. It gives me hope that beauty in imperfection is now being embraced by more artists, dealers and collectors than ever before.”

Read more here…

 

Sin-ying Ho, "9.28.2014 Hong Kong" 2014, porcelain, cobalt, decal, terra sigillata, 23 x 12 x 15.5".

Sin-ying Ho, “9.28.2014 Hong Kong” 2014, porcelain, cobalt, decal, terra sigillata, 23 x 12 x 15.5″.

DXV American Standard

“Yes Virginia, Collecting Ceramics Can Be Hip”

by Lynn Byrne

In her design blog, Byrne admitted, “I know very little about ceramics and glass. There. I have said it right up front. But I like to think I have a certain radar for the artistically innovative, and one place where I did not expect to see it was during my inaugural visit last week to the annual New York Ceramics and Glass Fair. But I was wrong. Very wrong. Talk about cool—it was there in abundance. 
“By far my favorite was the artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary. Leslie Ferrin had two booths at the fair and each was filled with edgy, thought-provoking pieces.”

Read more here…

 

The cover of Paul Scott's  new book, "Horizons: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics"

The cover of Paul Scott’s new book, “Horizons: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics”

Lectures and Book Launch at the Fair

Visitors were entertained by talks and presentations made by Ferrin Contemporary’s Paul Scott, Garth JohnsonRobert Silverman, Sing-ying Ho, and Leslie Ferrin. 
NCECA sponsored a day of modern lectures there for the first time.
It was standing room only for Paul Scott’s lecture. Afterwards, the audience followed Scott to a book signing for the newly published Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics.  Scott’s ironic commentary on landscape drew media attention with his “American Scenery” series featured at the fair. 

Click here to place an order for your signed copy.

 

Kurt Weiser, "Albion" 2014, china painted porcelain, 26.5 x 18".

Kurt Weiser, “Albion” 2014, china painted porcelain, 26.5 x 18″.

Wait, there’s more

Visit our Press Coverage webpage for more links to fair coverage as well as articles and reviews about other curated projects with work by artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary.

Read more coverage on the fair on:
CFile
AsiainNY
The China Press
NY Social Diary

Robert Silverman, "Blue" 2013, re-fired commercial tile fabricated in Jingdezhen, China, 35 x 27.5”.

Robert Silverman, “Blue” 2013, re-fired commercial tile fabricated in Jingdezhen, China, 35 x 27.5”.

SOLD!  Still available?

Ferrin Contemporary presented two exhibitions at the fair: “MADE IN CHINA: The New Export Ware” and “Selected Work from Current Projects,” featuring work by 18 artists from around the world. In addition to the media blitz, sales were brisk and commissions are still coming in.

Click here to see more available work.
Or inquire about currently available artworks presented at the fair.

Paul Scott stands before his work in “Made in China” booth at NYC&GF.

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