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Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets in Small Favors 2024 at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets in Small Favors 2024 at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

The 50th anniversary edition of Small Favors presents almost 500 small artworks displayed in 4-inch cubes. In the exhibition you will find big ideas, individuality, and material awareness. Some artists were invited, while others were selected from an applicant pool of over 1,000. To celebrate that this truly is an exhibition for everyone, the call was extended to artists using other media to create their art, including wood, metal, glass, fiber, paper, and paint. The majority of the works are examples of small ceramic artworks that range from tiny mugs to intricate sculptures. 

Artists represented in Small Favors range from the most established ceramic artists in the field, to young artists and students new to the material. Small Favors engages artists’ creativity in new and exciting ways with the challenge of making art on a very small scale. Some create works in their usual style, but at a reduced scale. Others use it as an opportunity to experiment and break away from what they create in their daily studio practice. 

This range of artists allows us to present works in a broad price range, from $35 to $4,500. We hope that this empowers people to become collectors, as well as helping established collectors continue to support artists.

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Sergei Isupov HERE

More on Kadri Pärnamets HERE

Small Favors 2024


At THE CLAY STUDIO | Philadelphia, PA | April 11 – June 2, 2024

Works by Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets from the 2023 Small Favors exhibition. 

Images for 2024 coming soon…

Posted by Isabel Twanmo in Artist News, Events, Exhibition, News
Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets: MISS COMET | Cummington, MA

Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets: MISS COMET | Cummington, MA

Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets: MISS COMET | Cummington, MA

Public Installation


The mosaic sculpture “Miss Comet” landed at Project Art in summer of 2022. 

Designed by Sergei Isupov, the 9’ sculpture was fabricated and completed in collaboration with artist Kadri Parnamets. Now a permanent installation in front of their studio at Project Art on Main Street, in Cummington, MA, the couple engaged with the local community throughout the process. 

The sculpture was conceived for a grant funded public art project “Reflections” to create new works reflecting on the land and history of the area. Working in late spring of 2022, they received donations, visited the shard piles at studios of local potters and produced fabricated elements to articulate the figural features. Throughout the process, unwanted, forgotten, chipped, broken plates and other treasures, including “mudsharked” river shards were left at the sculpture’s base to be incorporated. Each donation came with tales of family histories, prior ownership, unfortunate demise or abandonment. Part archaeology, part commemoration, each object tells a story and provided an opportunity to reflect on the present and history in this small but deeply connected community in the Western Massachusetts, Berkshires region. 

The sculpture is located at 54 Main Street, Cummington, MA 01026 and visible to the public. 

Ceramic shards include fragments of work by Michael McCarthy, Paul Scott, Mark Shapiro, Eric Smith, Mara Superior, and Connie Talbot.

Sergei Isupov and Kadri Pärnamets
MISS COMET
ceramic shards and mixed media
82 x 64 x 22”

More on Project Art HERE

More on Sergei Isupov HERE

More on Sergei Isupov HERE

Permanent Public Art Mosaic Sculpture by Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets


Ferrin Contemporary at Project Art | Cummington, MA 

Posted by Isabel Twanmo in Blog, News
Sergei Isupov on Tales of a Red Clay Rambler

Sergei Isupov on Tales of a Red Clay Rambler

PODCAST: Tales of a Red Clay Rambler

Hosted by Ben Carter

featuring Sergei Isupov

    • More from Sergei Isupov HERE

Ferrin Contemporary, Sergei Isupov: PAST & PRESENT, 2022, Photo Credit John Polak

Posted by Becky Waterhouse in Artist News, News
Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets in Small Favors 2023 at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets in Small Favors 2023 at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Artists represented in this 17th edition of Small Favors range from the most established ceramic artists in the field, to young artists new to the field. Small Favors engages artists’ creativity in new and exciting ways with the challenge of making pieces on a very small scale. For some artists, the work they create is similar to what they normally make, but at a reduced scale. Others use it as an opportunity to break away from what they create in their daily studio practice. There is an open call each year for juried work, as well as a group of invited artists who participate. This year includes artworks coming from Japan, China, and Budapest in addition to those from around the United States.

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Sergei Isupov HERE

More on Kadri Pärnamets HERE

Small Favors 2023


At THE CLAY STUDIO | Philadelphia, PA | April 29 – Jul 2, 2022

PUBLIC EVENTS


PREVIEW RECEPTION


Friday, April 28th, 2023,  5pm – 8pm
Location: The Clay Studio
1425 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Cost / Admission : Free

Preview the almost 400 small artworks ranging from ceramics to wood, metal, glass, fiber, paper, and paint.

Learn more about the Preview HERE.

Posted by Becky Waterhouse in Artist News, Events, Exhibition, News
Making History: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection

Making History: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection

Summer 2022 – Spring 2023

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA

Featuring work by Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets

Making History: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection features objects that have been acquired by Fuller Craft Museum since December 2020. Twenty artworks are included in the exhibition, representing a range of materials, techniques, subjects, and artistic innovations. Ceramic sculptures, basketry forms, hand-stitched textiles, blown glass objects and more illustrate the technical and expressive accomplishments of today’s craft artists.

Several of the works explore themes of identity and belonging, while others investigate social justice themes of racism, inequity, and political strife. Additional critical global issues being addressed include COVID-19 and the fragile balance between humans and the natural world. Many of the featured artists honor the traditions of craft, illustrating creative excellence that results from accumulated knowledge of their chosen medium, exceptional material intelligence, and highly developed handskills.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sergei Isupov is an Estonian-American sculptor internationally known for his highly detailed, narrative works. Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal sculptures with a complex artistic vocabulary that combines two- and three-dimensional narratives and animal/human hybrids. He works in ceramics using traditional hand-building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using colored stains highlighted with clear glaze.

Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum Angewandte in Kunst, Germany, and in the US at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Everson Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Fine Arts–Boston, Museum of Fine Arts–Houston, Mint Museum of Art, and Racine Art Museum. In 2017, his solo exhibition at The Erie Art Museum presented selected works in a 20-year career survey titled Hidden Messages, followed by Surreal Promenade, another survey solo in 2019 at the Russian Museum of Art in Minnesota.

Kadri Pärnamets works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting. Her biomorphic, organic forms provide a means to convey personal interests ranging from the fragile, natural environment to female identity. Focusing on gesture and expression, she selects known classics of female beauty by painters from the European Renaissance and Impressionist eras, like Lucas Cranach the Elder and Edouard Manet. Pärnamets has taught in the Estonian Art Academy and is a member of the Asuurkeraamika Studio, Estonian Artists Association, and Estonian Ceramist Association.

Pärnamets’ work has been shown internationally at Ferrin Contemporary, (North Adams, MA), the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, (Tallinn, Estonia), and at the International Tea Trade Expo, (Shanghai, China). Since 1996, she has participated in symposiums in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Norway, and Hungary. In Pärnamets graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia in 1994 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics. Dividing her time between Estonia and USA, her primary studio is the USA at Project Art in Cummington, MA. She is represented by Ferrin Contemporary.

Posted by Becky Waterhouse in Blog, News
UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

FALL & WINTER WITH FERRIN CONTEMPORARY

 

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY, located on the campus of MASS MoCA, lies in the heart of the Berkshires.

The gallery is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams.

HOURS: Thursday- Saturday 11am–5pm and by chance

 

 

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

Artist Talk and Opening at Ferrin Contemporary, November 10th, from 5-7pm.

Slide Presentation at Project Art, November 9th, 7-8. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Workshop Peter Pincus: Colored Veneers and Plaster Prototyping. November 9th-11th at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

 

 

BOUKE DE VRIESCuratorial Tour and discussion of  War & Pieces at the Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford CT.

October 10th from 5-7pm

A exhibition tour and discussion with the newly appointed head curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Sequoia Miller and Linda Roth, Senior Curator and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth and Gallery Director, Leslie Ferrin.

 

 

 

Artist Workshop: SERGEI ISUPOV

Project Art, Cummington MA

3-Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018

 

PARKING MADE EASY

MASS MoCA’s main parking area is adjacent to
Ferrin Contemporary in Building 13. Start or end your day with us. Explore The World of MASS MoCA and Downtown North Adams for more local art, food, and beer.

Click for more about visiting.

FALL & WINTER WITH FERRIN CONTEMPORARY

 

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY, located on the campus of MASS MoCA, lies in the heart of the Berkshires.

The gallery is located at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams.

HOURS: Thursday- Saturday 11am–5pm and by chance

 

 

BOUKE DE VRIESCuratorial Tour and discussion of  War & Pieces at the Wadsworth Athaneum in Hartford CT.

October 10th from 5-7pm

A exhibition tour and discussion with the newly appointed head curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Sequoia Miller and Linda Roth, Senior Curator and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth and Gallery Director, Leslie Ferrin.

 

 

 

PETER PINCUS: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood

Artist Talk and Opening at Ferrin Contemporary, November 10th, from 5-7pm.

Slide Presentation at Project Art, November 9th, 7-8. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Workshop Peter Pincus: Colored Veneers and Plaster Prototyping. November 9th-11th at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

 

 

Artist Workshop: SERGEI ISUPOV

Project Art, Cummington MA

3-Day Workshop: October 12–14, 2018

 

PARKING MADE EASY

MASS MoCA’s main parking area is adjacent to
Ferrin Contemporary in Building 13. Start or end your day with us. Explore The World of MASS MoCA and Downtown North Adams for more local art, food, and beer.

Click for more about visiting.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Current Events, Events, News, Upcoming Events
CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

CERAMICS ARE EVERYWHERE

private collections are on view in public museums
Massachusetts, California and Toronto

BEYOND FUNCTION:
CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS FROM THE DONALD CLARK COLLECTION


LAST CHANCE  On View through September 2, 2018
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA
An exhibit of extraordinary works from Donald Clark’s extensive private collection ranging from functional vessels to figural sculpture. The exhibition includes numerous works by artists from throughout Massachusetts in a collection built 1980 – present acquired from studios and the exhibitions at Pinch Pottery and Ferrin Gallery.

Click for more about the exhibition.

LIVING WITH CLAY: CALIFORNIA CERAMICS COLLECTIONS


August 25–November 17
Opening Reception: Sat, Aug 25, 5–8pm
Living with Clay: California Ceramics Collections, curated by Rody N. López, pays homage to distinguished collectors that have amassed impressive collections of ceramic artworks from some of the most respected artists in the field, all reflecting an insatiable passion for clay.
Sergei Isupov, “Bow”, 1998, Sonny & Gloria Kamm Collection

Click here for more about the exhibition.
Click here to view work by Sergei Isupov.

THE DIANA REITBERGER COLLECTION


August 29–Jan 2, 2019
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Reitberger Collection is significant for revealing new connections between Canadian artists and leading international makers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. (at left Peter Pincus, “Trio V”, 2017)

Click here for more about exhibition.
Click here to view work by Peter Pincus.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: DEL BALCÓN


On View through September 16
Cristina Cordóva’s solo exhibition, Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary is on view in the gallery at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, MA

Click for more on the exhibition.
Click for more about Cristina Cordóva.

Click to inquire about available works.

On view through September 16
Cristina Cordóva‘s solo exhibition, Del balcón 
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September 27 – November 4
Canary Syndrome
Group exhibition featuring recent works by Elizabeth Alexander, Bouke de Vries, Elliot Kayser, Beth Lipman, Livia Marin, Paul Scott, Jason Walker.
Click for more.

November 10 – December 29
Peter Pincus: Channeling Josiah Wedgwood
solo exhibition exploring new forms based on research work into collections at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AB
Click for more.

VISIT US IN ART COUNTRY


We can help you organize behind-the-scenes visits to artist studios, guided tours with curators and special farm-to- table dinners.  Now scheduling 2019 tours for individuals, museums and collector groups.

VISIT US IN CUMMINGTON AT PROJECT ART


OUR SEASONAL GALLERY
OPEN BY APPOINTMENT THROUGH OCTOBER
at Project Art
54 Main Street, Cummington
Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary,
private collections, and current projects.

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY
in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA Campus


Start or end your day at FERRIN CONTEMPORARY when you explore the world of MASS MoCADowntown North Adams, and the Berkshires — we are happy to help you find your way to more art, local food, and, of course, fresh beer.

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Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News
MIDSUMMER AT PROJECT ART 2018

MIDSUMMER AT PROJECT ART 2018

MIDSUMMER AT PROJECT ART
HOPS+POTS  July 28
PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE  July 28 & 29

HOPS+POTS


July 28, 6–8:30pm
Join us in for a party celebrating local ceramic art and benefiting the Studio Potter journal.

The evening will showcase local ceramics, food, beverages, and music along the idyllic banks of the Westfield River.

at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here to buy tickets now.

PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE


July 28 & 29, 10am–5pm
Works by our resident artists, Sergei Isupov,Kadri Pärnamets, Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scott (pictured left) will be on view.

at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here for more.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY’S SUMMER GALLERY


The gallery will be open during the OPEN HOUSE and anytime by appointment.

Selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current projects and recent exhibitions is on view at PROJECT ART, 54 Main, Cummington, MA

Click here for more.

GROWLERFEST AT PROJECT ART


GrowlerFest was founded in 2015 by resident artist, Alexandra Jelleberg to connect artists to the craft beer movement by showcasing the ties between local food, craft beer, and ceramics. Working at Project Art with short-term resident and potter Brad Klem, this project has been presented in galleries and breweries in Portland, OR, Kansas City, MO, Pittsburgh, PA and here in Massachusetts.

Selected works from Growlerfest 2018 will be on view during the PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE.

Click here for more.
Click to browse the shop.

SELECTIONS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS


Ferrin Contemporary is proud to offer selected works from artist archives and private collections 1950–present. These works from the 80s and 90s are now available as collectors downsize and offer a unique opportunity to acquire, fill gaps, and begin collections.

Click to view.
Click to browse the shop.

AMERICAN STUDIO POTTERY


July 28 & 29
Selected works from private collections and artist archives are available for sale online and at the annual mid-summer open house, during the Hilltown6 annual pottery tour and our HOPS+POTS event.

Warren Mackenzie (shown at left), John Glick, Karen Karnes, Mathew Metz, Mark Pharis, Linda Sikora and Michael Simon

Click to view Estates & Collections.
Click to browse the shop.

HILLTOWN6 POTTERY TOUR


July 28 & 29, 10am-5pm
Celebrate the 12th Annual Pottery Tour & Sale
Visit studio potters in their natural habitats.
Beautiful summer back roads and lots of great pots (and food!).

Click here for more information and the map.

PROJECT ART
NESTLED IN THE HILLTOWNS


Located 3.5 hours from NYC and 2.5 from Boston — midway between the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley — at our renovated 8,000 square-foot mill building on the bank of the Westfield River. You are just as close to MASS MoCA, as Northampton, Mass., with nature out the window and on the doorstep.

Can’t make for the Open House? Give us a call and make an appointment.

Click here for more.

DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV is on view at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, through July 22. Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. July 26–September 16. Click for more.

SERGEI ISUPOV is among the featured artists at 2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. On view through Aug 20.
Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum through July 29. Click for more.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News
MASTER WORKS from PRIVATE COLLECTIONS On View & Available Online

MASTER WORKS from PRIVATE COLLECTIONS On View & Available Online

MASTER WORKS from Private Collections ON VIEW & Available Online

Mark Pharis

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY: PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Ferrin Contemporary is proud to offer selected works from artist archives and private collections 1950–present. These works from the 80s and 90s are now available as collectors downsize and offer a unique opportunity to acquire, fill gaps, and begin collections.
Click to view. Click to browse the shop.

AMERICAN STUDIO POTTERY FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS


Selected works are available for sale online and at the annual mid-summer open house, July 28-29 during the Hilltown 6 annual pottery tour and our HOPS+POTS event.

Warren Mackenzie (shown at left)
Mathew Metz, Mark Pharis, Linda Sikora and Michael Simon

Click to browse.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY ON ARTSY


Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, public and private collections, and artist estates, all in one place. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art. You can find the best from Ferrin Contemporary there as well as on our website.

Click to browse Artsy. Click for our website.

Chris Antemann (shown at left)

MIDSUMMER & HOPS+POTS
July 28 & 29


Join us at Project Art for HOPS+POTS and midsummer OPEN HOUSE in Cummington.
Work by resident artists Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scottwill be on view along with selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current projects and recent exhibitions during the July 28 & 29 OPEN HOUSE.

Click for more on Project Art OPEN HOUSE.
Click here for HOPS+POTS.

DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV is on view at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, through July 22. Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. July 26–September 16. Preview: Thurs July 26, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thurs Aug 2, 7pm. Click for more.

SAVE THE DATE
Coming up in Cummington, MA, HOPS+POTS on July 28 and PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE on July 28 & 29. Click for more.

SERGEI ISUPOV is among the featured artists at 2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. On view through Aug 20.
Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum through July 29. Click for more.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Highlights, News
MARA SUPERIOR featured at Project Art during HOST

MARA SUPERIOR featured at Project Art during HOST

MARA SUPERIOR
featured at PROJECT ART during HOST
June 23 & 24, 2018

Join us at the

PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE

featuring MARA SUPERIOR

during HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIO TOUR (HOST)

June 23 & 24 throughout the hilltowns

MARA SUPERIOR


Ferrin Contemporary and Project Art will be featuring local artist Mara Superior during the first Hilltown Artist Open Studio Tour (HOST). Mara will be on hand to demonstrate her painting technique on porcelain relief platters during the two-day open house.

Click here for more about Mara Superior.

SMALL WORKS


Small works by Mara and other artists represented by Ferrin Contemporary are available in our Square Shop.

Click to browse.

ALSO ON VIEW AT PROJECT ART


Works by our resident artists, Sergei Isupov,Kadri Pärnamets, Alexandra Jelleberg, and Paul Scott will be on view along with selected works from Ferrin Contemporary’s current projects and recent exhibitions.

Click for more on Project Art.

HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIO TOUR


HOST is presented by the Hilltown Arts Alliance. This is the first year and it’s an ambitious one. 26 artists at 24 locations throughout the hilltowns, with a group show at the Cummington Community House Gallery. Visit working artists’ studios, many of which are located in unique architectural settings with beautiful gardens to explore.

Click here for more information and the map.

FOLLOW THE MAP 


MEANDER TIMELESS BACKROADS … Get a glimpse into both the creative process and physical work which make up the daily lives of these visionary artists who live amongst  mountain views, streams, and Western Mass rural splendor. Eight studios in Cummington include Beckie Kravetz, June Ferrin, Jeanne Johns, Frances Henry & Walter Korzec, Leni Fired, Judith Bowerman, and Larry Slezak.

Don’t miss studio potters Mark Shapiro in Worthington and Michael Melle in Plainfield.

Click for more on HOST TOUR MAP.

DIRECTIONS: SERGEI ISUPOV is on view at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA, through July 22. Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: Del balcón at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams, MA. July 26–September 16. Click for more.

SAVE THE DATE
Coming up in Cummington, MA, HOPS+POTS on July 28 and PROJECT ART OPEN HOUSE on July 28 & 29. Click for more.

SERGEI ISUPOV will be among the featured artists at 2018 MASTERS IN CRAFT at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. Opens June 24.
Click for more.

CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: JUNGLA is on view at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum through July 29. Click for more.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, Blog, News