During this period of economic and social disruption, a group of galleries, collectors, artists, and art-related businesses have joined together in an online ceramic auction to provide direct monetary support to artists and organizations in the craft community and, in doing so, unite the ceramics community in our shared values. The auction starts on eBay from Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 28 at 7 p.m. (EST)/ 4 p.m.(PST) (https://www.ebay.com/usr/studiopottery).
The auction features works by some of the most important ceramic artists including Betty Woodman, Lucie Rie, Peter Voulkos, Ruth Duckworth, Jun Kaneko, Howard Kottler, Linda Lopez, Akio Takamori, Lauren Mabry, Warren MacKenzie, Jenny Mendes, Sergei Isupov, Raphael Pérez, Adrian Saxe, Rose Simpson, John Reeve, Jesse Small, Shin-Yu Wang, Josef Albers, Patti Warashina, Ashwini Bhat, and Bobby Silverman. Over 300 works spanning abstraction, conceptualism, minimalism, modernism, and contemporary from both emerging artists and established masters are for sale. Selected works are included in the preview catalog HERE.
The majority of the proceeds will go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), one of the leading artist support organizations in the country. “The community of artists has been hit hard by this pandemic,” says Cornelia Carey, Executive Director of CERF+. “We are seeing the community come together like never before with tremendous support and generosity.” According to Carey, the funds raised from this auction will go into the CERF+ Covid-19 Relief Grant, which will directly support artists in need.
“For decades, the ceramics community has attracted a diverse group of artists including more equal representation for women, men, people of color, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, queer, transgender, the full spectrum of multiculturalism,” says Jeffrey Spahn, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, founder of the event.
Adds co-organizer Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary: “We’re proud of the inclusiveness of the ceramics community and are grateful for the enthusiastic response from the many galleries, artists and collectors who have joined in this important fund-raising effort.”
Among the participating galleries are: Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Duane Reed Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary, Harvey Preston Gallery, Paul Kotula Projects, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, Lucy Lacoste Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Rago-Wright Auctions, and Trax Gallery, with contributions from Peter Held Art Appraisals and Associates and the LEF Foundation.
An online public preview cocktail party, hosted by Everson Museum’s ceramics curator Garth Johnson, brings together donors, artists, and the beneficiaries on Thursday, June 25th at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. (PST) via Zoom.
In addition, sale proceeds have been designated for the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, Everson Museum of Art, Howard Kottler Scholarship Fund at Cranbrook Art Academy, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and The Studio Potter.
Important Links and Information
Ceramic Auction For Artist Relief
Friday, June 19 – ending on Sunday, June 28th at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST
VIRTUAL PREVIEW COCKTAIL PARTY
Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST
Hosted by Garth Johnson, ceramics curator, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY. Guests include Cornelia Carey, CERF+, artists Christa Assad, Lauren Mabry, and others involved with the auction as donors and receiving organizations. This Zoom program will be live and include conversations about the artworks featured in the auction from studios and donating galleries.
Link to Zoom Meeting / Preview Cocktail Party
Meeting ID: 987 2092 8898
Marilyn White | [email protected] | 973-493-3648
Leslie Ferrin | [email protected] | 413-446-0614