Craft Across Continents

December 9, 2023 - May 5, 2024

Mint Museum Uptown


Craft Across Continents | Contemporary Japanese and Western Objects: The Lassiter/Ferraro Collection

Craft Across Continents features more than 50 objects from the private collection of Lorne Lassiter and Gary Ferraro. Lassiter and Ferraro say they collect for the fun of it — visiting artists’ studios, art fairs, galleries and museums here and abroad — but they are serious-minded collectors with a deep knowledge of contemporary craft. The exhibition will be presented in a domestic-like setting to underscore the theme of enjoying life through living with art. The exhibition will include glass, ceramics, bamboo, and textile contemporary objects by artists from around the globe, including masterworks of glass sculpture from the Czech Republic, a seminal installation by Danish maker Tobias Møhl, and a mobile by Polish-trained artist Anna Skibska, and spectacular large glazed ceramic vessel by British maker Gareth Mason. Twenty-first century Japanese bamboo works by leading practitioners and innovative wood-fired ceramics also are highlights of the collection.

More about the collectors

Lorne Lassiter and Gary Ferraro were founding members of the Founders’ Circle, an affiliate of The Mint Museum, and Lassiter was the executive director. She also served as vice president of the American Craft Council. Ferraro is a retired professor of cultural anthropology at UNC Charlotte and is the author of two leading university textbooks (1) Cultural Anthropology: An Applied Perspective (Editions 1-11, 1992-2018) and (2) The Cultural Dimension of Global Business (Editions 1-9, 1990-2024).

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Artist Talk with ceramicist

Paul Briggs

Visitors were invited to listen to Paul Briggs discuss his practice and process, including his work Whorl on view in the exhibition Craft Across Continents at Mint Museum Uptown.

Briggs employs a unique pinching technique to extract natural leaf-like forms from classic ceramic vessels, resulting in work characterized by balance and precision. His guiding principle, “Nature makes no aesthetic mistakes,” underscores his endeavor to defy convention and constraints. Among his notable pieces, The Impact of Incarceration on Black Lives, features 25 ceramic black boxes, scaled to jail cell dimensions, with twisted, coiled bars protruding.

Learn more about Briggs’ work on his website here.

Exhibition Keepsake

This exhibition will accompanied by an innovative catalogue with entries on Japanese ceramics and bamboo sculptures by world-renowned expert Joe Earle, as well as entries on Western objects by Annie Carlano, senior curator of Craft, Design and Fashion; and Rebecca Elliot, assistant curator of Craft, Design and Fashion; plus contributions by renowned artists Sharif Bey and Nancy Callan.

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