Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Lecture: Robin Best

Presented By Ceramics Program
Location: Ceramics Studio


Description of the Event

Australian by birth, living and working in Jingdezhen, China, Robin Best is noted for delicately painted narratives and patterns on translucent, porcelain vessel forms. Her still life "The British East India Company - Trade and War" is featured in New Blue and White, currently on view at the MFA Boston. This July, Robin Best is a resident artist at Project Art , Cummington, MA. During her artist residency, Best will be exploring museums and libraries in the US during which she will visit our program to provide a slide presentation on her work and influences. Additionally, the public is invited to join the tours of specific collections and exhibitions at Harvard Art Museums, Peabody Essex Museum and Museum of Fine Arts - Boston through Ferrin Contemporary.

Registration: This lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP to Kathy King at by July 8th.

Related Events

MEET ME AT... New Blue and White in Boston | Robin Best
July 9-10, 2013
Join Ferrin Contemporary for a MEET ME AT program comprised of a two-day series of tours in the Boston area guided by Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary along with a visiting artist, Robin Best who is a here from China/Australia for the month of July doing research and based at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

Schedule of Events:
July 9, 2013
3:00pm - 4:30pm:
Harvard Museum of Natural History Blaschka Flowers and Minerals, with curator Ethan Lasser.

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Artist Talk at Ceramics Program – OFA Harvard
Dinner TBA

July 10th, 2013
10:00am – 12:00pm: Michael Lin Freeport Project – Peabody Essex Museum with curators, Trevor Smith and Dean Lahikainen.

2:00pm – 4:00pm: New Blue and White Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with curator Emily Zilber.

For further information or to RSVP for any of the events, contact Leslie Ferrin, Ferrin Contemporary, at, 413.446.0614

Artist Biography
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Best attended the South Australian School of Art, Australia to attain her Diploma Design Ceramics in 1976. Best continued her studies at the University of South Australia, Australia and received her Graduate Diploma Visual Arts in 1993.

After her studies, Best went on to develop her work in Jingdezhen, China which resulted in work included in the 2013 exhibition “New Blue and White” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For more information about Best, please visit Adrian Sassoon, United Kingdom. Currently, Best is a resident artist at Project Art in Cummington, MA.

Artist Statement

"The imagery that I have used in this suite of Blue and White porcelain vases has been borrowed from a time past; from European Chinoiserie including the French Toile, Baroque pattern and Rococo paintings and drawings of Pillement and Boucher. I have then vivified them with drawings of Australian kangaroos inspired by 19th century French naturalists such as Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and have presented them on a garniture of vases based on traditional Chinese forms.

China and all things Chinese have long fascinated me having spent periods of time in that country especially in Jingdezhen the home of blue and white porcelain. Australia has also been of interest to the Chinese. The Chinese came to Australia in their thousands during the gold rush of the early 1800’s and the romantic imagery of them playing music and fishing is far from the reality of life for them on the goldfields. However the Chinese did prevail to become significant landowners in Sydney, Melbourne and my hometown of Adelaide.”

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