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‘Composing Form’ in Stowe Today, July 18, 2019

‘Composing Form’ in Stowe Today, July 18, 2019

‘Exposed.’ stays close to home

by Caleigh Cross | Stowe Reporter

July 18, 2019.

“Composing Form” at the Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

“It’s really a broad sampling of contemporary ceramic work, ranging from abstract to figurative,” Moore said. Artists hail from Estonia, China, Vermont and Puerto Rico, among other places in the U.S.              

-Cross referring to Executive Director Rachel Moore


More information about “Composing Form” HERE



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Ferrin Contemporary launches Made in China: The New Export Ware

Ferrin Contemporary launches Made in China: The New Export Ware

Leslie Ferrin, Director Ferrin Contemporary

For Immediate Release:
Ferrin Contemporary launches Made in China: The New Export Ware a multi-venue series of exhibitions and public programs October 18




Independent Art Projects, Saturday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Miami Projects, Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
New York Ceramics Fair, Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014


Opening Reception + Gallery Talk, Independent Art Projects, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m.
Public Lecture, Harvard Ceramics, Nov. 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Public Lecture, New York Ceramics Fair, Jan. 23, 2015
CUMMINGTON, MA – Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware, an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs featuring international contemporary ceramic artists re-contextualizing traditional Chinese export porcelain production methods and visual vocabulary independently or in conjunction with skilled Chinese artisans. Featured series artists, who hail from the US, UK, Australia, and China, include Julie Bartholomew, Robin Best,  Caroline Cheng, Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, Vipoo Srivilasa, and Jason Walker.

Inspired by Made in China curator and Ferrin Contemporary Director Leslie Ferrin’s recent travels in China, the series kicks off at Independent Art Projects (IAP) in North Adams, MA with a public reception and gallery talk on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. The series then continues with exhibitions at Miami Projects (Miami, FL) – on view from Tuesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 – and the New York Ceramics Fair (New York, NY) – on view from Thursday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, as well as public talks at Harvard Ceramics in Allston, MA on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., and at the New York Ceramics Fair in New York, NY on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Sponsored as a guest lecturer by the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Ferrin traveled to China in June and July 2014 with the aim of gaining a greater understanding of the cross-cultural collaboration, production, and appropriation occurring in the New Export Ware movement. During her visit, Ferrin visited ceramic workshops in Jingdezhen and Chongqing, where – similar to the historical model of export ware – skilled Chinese artisans, produce contemporary works for Western markets under the direction of visiting Western artists.

“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,” says Ferrin. “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, with multiple exhibitions over the coming year.”

Slated to run through 2015, a full listing of Made in China events, exhibitions, and artists may be found at with additional dates added periodically.

About Ferrin Contemporary

Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art produced circa 1950 to the present, with a growing emphasis international ceramic artistis. For more than thirty years, collectors, institutions, and the media have made Ferrin Contemporary their preferred source for artwork by established and emerging artists and designers whose primary medium is clay. Visit to lean more.


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In Pursuit of China 2014

In Pursuit of China 2014

China in China

Western artists are increasingly traveling to China to research and produce  work  for exhibitions in the USA, Australia and Europe.  Over a third of the artists shown in Ceramic Top 40  —  an exhibition highlighting individual artists, collaborators, and design partners working on the cutting edge of  conceptual, utilitarian, and sculptural ceramics — have been to Jingdezhen including Susan Beiner, Rain Harris, Walter McConnell, Beth Cavener and collaborators – Future Retrieval: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis.

In June and July 2014, Ferrin Contemporary director Leslie Ferrin traveled  to Hong Kong, Chongqing, Jingdezhen, and Shanghai to  explore this culture exchange, and the galleries and museums in the rapidly developing contemporary art scenes of Hong Kong and Shanghai. Documenting her travels in images as she went (you can find the full feed on the collaborative art blog scene +seen), Ferrin participated in a ten day workshop in Chongqing sponsored by Sichuan Fine Arts Institute,  gave lectures at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen and Shanghai, and visited studio workshops where Ferrin Contemporary represented artists Jason Walker, Sin-ying Ho, Robin Best and others worked in collaboration with Chinese skilled artisans.

Learn more about her investigation of this burgeoning exchange and Western artists working in China at the following public talks this Fall and Winter:

Independent Art Projects, Saturday, October 18, 2014

Harvard Ceramics, November 12, 2014

New York Ceramics Fair, January 23, 2015

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Ferrin Contemporary’s 10 Best of 2013

Ferrin Contemporary’s 10 Best of 2013

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New Blue and White

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
important exhibition of contemporary cross-cultural interchange

Robin Best

Project Art visiting artist from

Jingdezhen, China

summer 2013

Animal Stories

Gardiner Museum, Toronto

ceramic visualizations of human relationships with animals

Kurt Weiser

The Nature of Imagination

Cross MacKenzie Gallery

Washington, DC

Ceramic Top 40

Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

Sean Erwin was awarded the solo exhibition in 2014.


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Call of the Wild

at Barry Friedman Ltd., New York City

Sergei Isupov’s solo exhibition of figural sculpture

Collectors’ Services

offering organization, cataloging, appraisals, and resale assistance to private collectors

Paul Scott’s USA Tour

American Scenery, a series of new work from his Project Art and The Clay Studio artist residencies

Body & Soul

figural ceramics at MAD and

Clay Bodies at Barry Friedman, Ltd.

New York City

to our artists, curators, collectors,

friends, professionals, collaborators,

partners, and supporters

in 2013-2014


Our many thanks of appreciation

to the many artists, individuals and colleagues who were part of this amazing transitional year

American Craft Magazine


Archie Bray Foundation

Barry Friedman, Ltd.

Bellevue Arts Museum

Birmingham Museum of Art

Center for Wood Art

Ceramic Art and Perception

Ceramic Research Center – ASU


Clay Art Center

The Clark

The Clay Studio

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Cross Mackenzie Gallery

Duane Reed Gallery

Erie Art Museum

Gardiner Museum

Gravers Lane Gallery

Greenwich House Pottery

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Historic Deerfield

IS183 Art School

Jeffrey Spahn Gallery

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Margaret Pennington


Massachusetts College of Art

MCLA – Downstreet Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mindy Solomon Gallery

Museum of Arts and Design

Museum of Fine Arts Boston


New Britain Museum of Art

Newark Museum of Art

New York Ceramics Fair

Palmer Art Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

Perimeter Gallery

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Racine Art Museum

Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yards

Sheridan College

Sienna Gallery

Smith College Museum of Art

Virginia A. Groot Foundation

Watershed Center for Ceramic Art

Wexler Gallery


Yale University Art Gallery

Zea Mays Printmaking

The Team:  Amy Bowes, John Polak, Rebecca Weinman, Lynn Zimmerman

The Move: Donald Clark, Sarah Bressem, June Ferrin, Ken Ferrin, Sergei Isupov, Wendy Gingell, Jeffrey Lipton, Jacqui Proctor, Kate Roberts, Graeme Sloan, Jazu Stine

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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


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

Link to MORE …


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

SCENE + SEEN: Meet Me At … Boston, July 2013

SCENE + SEEN: Meet Me At … Boston, July 2013


Robin Best is a visiting artist for the month at Project Art in Cummington, MA and one of the artists whose work was featured in New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  Upon arrival from Jingdezhen via London, she visited Boston, spoke at Harvard Ceramics and met curator, Emily Zilber for one last tour of the exhibition with artists, collectors and writers.  While the show at the museum closed on July 14, selected works from the exhibition are being shown this summer at Project Art by Ferrin Contemporary.

MORE about Meet Me At … two days of behind-the-scenes with artists, curators, art professionals and collectors, Juy 9 – 10.  

Link to MORE about Robin Best and works in New Blue and White at Project Art Summer 2013

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