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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

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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.

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


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Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China at New York Ceramics Fair

Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China at New York Ceramics Fair

CONTACT Leslie Ferrin, Director, Ferrin Contemporary | 413.446.0614

For Immediate Release: Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, Jan. 21–25, 2015

CUMMINGTON, Mass – Ferrin Contemporary presents Made in China: The New Export Ware at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair in New York, Jan. 22–25, 2015. Made in China is an on-going series of exhibitions and public programs, featuring international contemporary ceramic artists referencing traditional Chinese export porcelain. These artists work independently along side and in conjunction with skilled Chinese artisans to find expression for their fresh visual vocabulary to create a new breed of export ware. The featured artists hail from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China and include 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.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary and curator of Made in China, was inspired to create the show by her recent travels in China and her work with many contemporary ceramic artists who have worked, studied, and participated in some of the traditional Chinese pottery workshops. During her tour, Ferrin visited ceramic workshops in Jingdezhen and Chongqing, observing skilled Chinese artisans aiding in the production of 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 years.”

Made in China will be presented at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair as a special exhibition on the third floor of Bohemian Hall, 321 East 73rd Street in New York from Jan. 21 through Jan. 25, 2015.

Public events in the Made in China booth
Meet the artists in the Ferrin Contemporary Special Exhibition Booth on the 3rd Floor on Saturday, Jan. 24. 

1:30 p.m. in the Made in China booth
Book signing with Paul Scott
Paul Scott will on hand to sign and present his new book Horizon, Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics.
(This event will follow Scott’s lecture in the lecture hall.)

3 p.m. in the Made in China booth
Conversation and tour with artists and curator
Join us for a conversation about Made in China: The New Export Ware with artists Sin-ying Ho and Robert Silverman. The discussion will be moderated by Leslie Ferrin, curator of Made in China and director of Ferrin Contemporary. A tour of the exhibition with the artists and curator, will follow.

Lectures related to Made in China
Artist and curator lectures related to Made in China will be presented in the lecture hall on Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24.

Friday, 12 p.m. in the lecture hall
Duchess, Dogs, Detroit, Dragons, Handles and Cherrypickers: Re-Animating the Transferware Archives of an Industry
with Paul Scott, artist, author and researcher and professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts Norway

Friday, 2 p.m. in the lecture hall
Made in China: New Export-ware from Jingdezhen
with Leslie Ferrin, Director of Ferrin Contemporary Friday,

4 p.m. in the lecture hall
I’m So Fancy: Young Artists Take On Historical Ceramics
with Garth Johnson, Curator of the Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center and Director-at-Large of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

Saturday, 12 p.m. in the lecture hall
The Most Dangerous Imitations: Fake Chinese Export Porcelain of the 1920s and ’30s
with Ron Fuchs II, Curator of the Reeves Collections at Washington and Lee University

For a full listing of all the lectures and other Ceramics Fair events visit

For a full listing of Made in China events, exhibitions, and artists visit


Selected Works from Current Projects

In addition to the special exhibition on the 3rd floor, Ferrin Contemporary’s booth on the 4th floor will feature Selected Works from Current Projects. Included will be recent works by international and American artists: Stephen Bowers, AU; Claire Curneen, Wales; Sergei Isupov, USA and Estonia; Steven Young Lee, USA; Frances Palmer, USA; Paul Scott, UK; Bonnie Smith, USA; Vipoo Srivilasa, AU; Mara Superior, USA; and Kurt Weiser, USA.


About Ferrin Contemporary

Ferrin Contemporary specializes in ceramic art produced circa 1950 to the present, with a growing emphasis on international ceramic artists. 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 learn more.


High res images available upon request.

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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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