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Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets in CLAYTOPIA Summer Festival | Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark

Sergei Isupov & Kadri Pärnamets in CLAYTOPIA Summer Festival | Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark

Claytopia is Guldagergaard’s initiative geared towards engaging the public, offering a unique space within the beautiful park surrounding Guldagergaard.

Among Claytopia’s activities are outdoor art exhibitions, concerts, discussion salons, and a design boutique.

Claytopia at Guldagergaard
Heilmannsvej 31 A
DK-4230 Skælskør, Denmark


More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Sergei Isupov HERE

More on Kadri Pärnamets HERE

Claytopia


At Guldagergaard | Skælskør, Denmark | July 10 through August 10, 2024

images coming soon

EVENTS & PROGRAMMING


SERGEI ISUPOV: EXPLORING THE SCULPTED FIGURE AND THE PAINTED SURFACE

July 4-5, 2024

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for a two day workshop exploring the sculpted figure in clay and the painted surface – from the development of ideas to the materialization of form.

The workshop combines demonstrations with hands-on active studio time and one-on-one instruction. Isupov will lead students through demonstrations and include techniques of slab construction, underglaze painting, and glaze application as the three-dimensional sculpture serves as a canvas for narrative painting.

The workshop runs from 10 am to 5 pm both days.

Day 1 – Demonstration of slab construction and preparation of painting surface using simple tools
10 am to 1 pm: Demonstration of slab construction
1 pm to 2 pm: Lunch
2 pm to 5 pm: Participants sculpt their own forms with Isupov’s help and consultations.

Day 2 – Demonstration of underglaze stain and glaze application with an emphasis on using fine brushes to create clean lines
10 am to 12 pm: Demonstration of surface preparation, use of tools and brushes for underglaze painting, discussion of development of narrative.
12 pm to 1 pm: Lunch
2 pm to 5 pm: Participants use these techniques on their own sculptures with Isupov’s consultation.

Language:
English

Price: 2950 DKK

Meals and Drinks:
Throughout the workshop days an electric kettle, coffee and fine teas are available at your disposal.
Meals are not included, but we are providing access to a fully equipped kitchen. It is also possible to order breakfasts and/or lunches before hand:

Breakfast bag: Organic bread from the local bakery, yogurt, cheese, jam and orange juice. Price: 85 DKK
Lunch pack: Fresh mixed salad and a serving of bread. Price: 85 DKK

Accommodation during the Workshop:
It is possible to rent a room at Guldagergaard for 300 DKK per night (when available)

Add on: Short-term Residency Option
Guldagergaard offers the possibility for Workshop participants to extend their Workshop stay with a one-week residency after the Workshop for additional price of 2500 DKK. This price includes access to studio facilities and accommodation for one week. It does not cover additional firings and materials.
To reserve a short-term residency, please send an e-mail to: mette@ceramic.dk.

REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP HERE

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Ferrin Contemporary Presents | SERGEI ISUPOV | The Road to Cummington at Project Art

Sergei Isupov | The Road to Cummington

In-person artist talks At Project Art at 54 Main Street during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30 & SUNDAY OCTOBER 1


CUMMINGTON, MA—

Join Ferrin Contemporary as it sponsors its Open House/ Talk & Tour Event at the Cummington Space:

In 2006, Sergei Isupov moved to Cummington, MA to establish Project Art with Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary. Arriving in the USA in 1994 from Estonia, he lived in Kentucky, Virginia and now, for 17 years in Cummington. Isupov was joined by his wife, Kadri Pärnamets from Estonia in 2008. Their daughter Roosi, now 13, grew up at Project Art and is also creating artwork in the family’s shared studio. Sergei’s family who still live in Kyiv, Ukraine, are also producing artists.

Isupov’s reputation is international, both as a sculptor and teacher. He is highly sought after by students who seek him out from throughout the world to take workshops and participate in his performance-based fire sculptures. Isupov’s works are shown and collected in museums throughout the world. A recent mosaic 10′ high sculpture “Miss Comet” was produced in 2022 with shards donated by the community and is now on view permanently on Main Street in the newly designated Cummington Cultural District, the first awarded to a small, rural community by Mass Cultural Council.

This event is sponsored by Ferrin Contemporary.

For more information about HOST, visit the Hilltown Arts Alliance website.

Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and in the USA) and date from 1990 – present. 

Sergei Isupov will give a tour of Project Art and speak about his work each day, September 30 and October 1 at 1 pm

The talk will run for 45 minutes and is limited to 30 people each day at Project Art at 54 Main Street, Cummington.

RSVP for SATURDAY

September 30 Talk/Tour HERE

RSVP for SUNDAY

October 1 Talk/Tour HERE

Project Art Open House


During the Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Part of the Open House at Project Art

during the 2023 Hilltown Open Studio Tour

Ferrin Contemporary will open the doors of its 54 Main Street Showroom to the public.

Beginning September 30th, the long-time residents of Cummington will be open by appointment to interested collectors, arts professionals, ceramic artists, and art fans.

Stop by 54 Main Street in Cummington MA to meet Sergei Isupov and Kadri Parnamets and see their wonderful work.

MORE ON SERGEI ISUPOV


 

Isupov’s ceramic sculptures on view in the gallery at Project Art trace his career with works made in studios throughout the world (Estonia, Hungary, and the USA) and date from 1990 – present.

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.
Learn more about Sergei Isupov here.
Posted by AxelJ in Blog, News

ARE WE THERE YET? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

A JOURNEY IN CERAMICS

NORTH ADAMS — Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to look back.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is doing just that with “Are We There Yet?” It’s an exhibition that is one-part retrospective, one part celebration. It’s a show about evolution, of transition.

It’s an introspective show, for Ferrin, who after 40-plus years in the ceramics market is pondering the next phase of Ferrin Contemporary.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage
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 family featured in The World

Sergei Isupov and family featured in The World

This radio segment explores how Sergei Isupov and his family use their unique forms of art to express the current war’s affects on each of them.

“Sergei’s parents, Nelli and Vladimir, met in art school in the port city of Odesa in the late 1950s, during the Soviet period. They later settled in Kyiv to raise their two sons, Sergei and Ilya. And they basically insisted that their sons become artists, too.
Sergei’s mother, Nelli, and brother, Ilya, still live in Kyiv. And Sergei talks to them all the time. ‘Sometimes [when] I talk to my mom, I hear sirens in the back,’ Sergei said.”

Nelli Isupov, "Fish" - a ceramic fish sculpture with a human face, feet in red shoes, and seven bird heads sticking out the top

More on Sergei Isupov’s family, in Sergei’s own words

Excerpts below recently published in The Craft Quarterly from the James Renwick Alliance.
Read the full article HERE.

Nelli Isupova

“My mother Nelli can find something positive in everything that happens around her. Now because of the war, those with cars have left and she says she kind of appreciates that there are fewer cars and people in the city. She lives in the very center of Kyiv and still she goes for walks in the parks. She refuses to go to the bomb shelter even when the air raid sirens howl. During World War II, when she was three years old, she and her mother were evacuated via ship from Stavropol. Their ship was bombed while they were in the Caspian Sea but luckily they both survived.

My whole life my mother has been a working artist. Now, at age 83, she still works hard at her painting and exhibits her work a lot. She says that “people now need to see bright colors.” In March of last year, she had an exhibition at Sofia Kyivska. She went there every day and posted selfies with the visitors on her instagram feed–it looks so normal, and she looks very happy in her ceramic “garden of joy.” Then in July, she had an exhibition at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Art. That museum, housed in a beautiful 19th c. mansion, was severely damaged in a nearby Russian strike on October 10 and it’s feared that many parts of their extensive permanent collection may have been damage (editor’s note: Nelli removed her works from the gallery just a week before the bombing). – Sergei Isupov

Learn more about Nelli and her artwork HERE.

Follow Nelli on Instagram HERE.

KYIV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 17, 2022 - The Kyiv Art Gallery National Museum displays the Illuminated Space exhibition of ceramic sculpture by the artist Nelly Isupova, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Illuminating Space exhibition by artist Nelli Isupova in Kyiv PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxRUS Copyright: xHennadiixMinchenkox

Illuminating Space
exhibition by Nelli Isupova
The Kyiv Art Gallery National Museum
Kyiv, Ukraine
August 17, 2022

Ilya Isupov

“My brother is also an artist. He evacuated two of his children from the city to a seemingly safe place. His other two children are older and were already in school or working outside of the country. But pretty quickly the war came right to the village where he had evacuated his children. Even with the bombing, he still managed to save them and get them out by making his way through roadblocks and along forest paths. He and his wife took them to the Polish border. The children and their mother have remained exiled in France. According to what we hear it is not easy for them, just as for any refugee.

My brother returned home to Kyiv where his pet was waiting for him. Soon he learned that a bomb had hit the house in the village where his children had been staying. The relative who had taken in his children was buried under the rubble of a fallen wall, but she survived. The children are physically safe, they were taken away in the nick of time.

My brother had a job in the advertising industry, but it is gone now so he works from home; his paintings are full of dramatic unreality. They are beautiful and not intimidating but these paintings are reminiscent of the events happening all around him. It may be obvious for those who know what he’s going through. The paintings do not sell now. Friends who can are helping him survive. He recently exhibited in Paris at a group exhibition with Ukrainian artists and for that he received permission to leave Ukraine for two weeks. He is 51 years old.” – Sergei Isupov

Learn more about Ilya Isupov and is artwork HERE.

Follow Ilya on Facebook HERE.

View a catalogue of additional artworks HERE.

Ilya Isupov, "Car", 2022, watercolor on paper
Ilya Isupov, "Car", 2022, watercolor on paper
Posted by Becky Waterhouse in News, Press Coverage
The Clay Studio Presents: Clay & Conversations Online Lectures with Cristina Córdova & Sergei Isupov

The Clay Studio Presents: Clay & Conversations Online Lectures with Cristina Córdova & Sergei Isupov

The Clay Studio, Clay and Conversations, Meet Cristina Cordova Thursday, March 16, 1PM EST on Zoom

The Clay Studio, Clay and Conversations, Meet Cristina Cordova Thursday, March 16, 1PM EST on Zoom

Meet Cristina Córdova

THURSDAY, MARCH 16 | 1 PM EST

Cristina is one of the dozen artists whose work appears in Figuring Space, an exhibition of life-size ceramic figurative sculpture. We are thrilled to have this talented artist as a guest to ask her about her inspirations for the ideas and styles of her work.

Cristina Córdova excels at figurative sculpture, making finely-crafted pieces which celebrate our shared humanity while challenging notions of race, gender, beauty, and power.  She draws on a deep knowledge of art history to give life to contemporary ceramic portraits and invites the viewer to participate in the narrative.
The Clay Studio, Clay and Conversations, Meet Tip Toland and Sergei Isupov Thursday, April 13, 1PM EST on Zoom

The Clay Studio, Clay and Conversations, Meet Tip Toland and Sergei Isupov Thursday, April 13, 1PM EST on Zoom

Meet Tip Toland and Sergei Isupov

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 | 1 PM EST

Tip and Sergei both have a virtuosic skill for creating figures from clay. Join us to hear about how they have built their techniques and what inspires them.

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

Sergei Isupov is 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.
Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News
Sergei Isupov Interview Featured in the JRA Quarterly Winter 2023

Sergei Isupov Interview Featured in the JRA Quarterly Winter 2023

Sergei Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia with an M.F.A. in Ceramics in 1990. He immigrated to the United States in 1994, and has lived and worked at Project Art in Cummington, Massachusetts since 2006.

How has migration shaped your artistic education?

When I arrived in the U.S. from Estonia in 1994, I was young, newly married to an American artist, Dana Major and we started a studio, Nine Pines Art in Louisville, Kentucky. Selling work became my first American education. My work was highly detailed, figural and immediately appealed to collectors at the ACC [American Craft Council] and Smithsonian Craft Fair. With each series, I added more details and bold narratives, and I received more attention and support; my skills became more accomplished as I mastered the material….

Thanks to JRA CRAFT for this excellent interview with Sergei Isupov and the ongoing interest in Sergei’s captivating work for these many incredible years that he’s been working. And!, what perfect timing to coincide with the Figuring Space exhibition at The Clay Studio.
Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage
NEW YEAR’S WORKSHOP AT THE CLAY STUDIO: Facial Features with Sergei Isupov

NEW YEAR’S WORKSHOP AT THE CLAY STUDIO: Facial Features with Sergei Isupov

We are excited to have two extremely talented artists demonstrate and explain their techniques for creating expressive facial features in clay. This is a very special opportunity to learn from highly acclaimed figurative artists. Spend the afternoon with us to hear their tips, get to know them, and enjoy spending time together in the community.

The Clay Studio

Please contact Josie Bockelman for discount information at josie@theclaystudio.org

Sergei Isupov, “On the Way”, 2020, porcelain, slip, glaze, 59.5 x 26 x 16″.

Posted by AxelJ in Artist News, News

OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Norman Rockwell’s illustrations with their “armies of perfectly imperfect girls” never resonated with artist Niki Johnson, a member of the “Atari 2600” generation, as they peered at her from porcelain commemorative plates that seemed to be everywhere during her youth — the pages of magazines, television screens, the walls of middle America’s homes.

And yet, some 30 years later, she would begin purchasing these commemorative plates, at thrift stores for just a few dollars each, tucking them away for a moment that felt right, for a project yet unrealized. Over a decade, she would amass a collection of a few hundred Rockwell plates, along with dozens of other motifs and designs featuring American landscapes, playing children, churches and historical landmarks, flora and fauna.

CRANK vases, installation view, 2019, Coiled Red Earthenware – Kid Tested Mother Approved, 13 x 13 x 22″

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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.

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