Bouke de Vries at NY Ceramics & Glass Fair

21 January 2016 — 24 January 2016
Bohemian National Hall, East 73rd Street, New York, NY, United States New York City, New York

From January 21 until 24, work by Bouke de Vries is presented by Ferrin Contemporary at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair

Bouke de Vries

Born in Utrecht, Bouke de Vries studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, and later at West Dean College in the UK where he studies ceramics conservation and restoration. During his studies and his everyday practices as a conservator De Vries was faced with issues and contradictions about perfection and worth: 

“The Venus de Milo is venerated despite loisng her arms, but when a Meissen muse loses a finger she is rendered virtually worthless.”  

Bouke de Vries. Goddess of the Fragments, 2015, 18th and 19th century Chinese porcelain fragments and steel

Using his skills as a restorer, De Vries ‘exploded’ artworks reclaim broken pots after their accidental trauma. De Vies has called it “the beauty of destruction.” Instead of reconstructing the pieces, he deconstructs them. Instead of hiding the evidence of their accidents he emphasizes the new status a work can receive. 

About the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

Today’s jewel in the crown of New York’s Winter Antiques Week, The New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, brings together a carefully selected and distinguished international group of around 29 galleries offering all things “fired” – porcelain, pottery, glass, cloisonné and enamels, in a setting perfect for the exhibition and sale of important small objects. 

About Ferrin Contemporary

Ferrin Contemporary is the preferred source for contemporary ceramic art circa 1950 – present with over 35 years of experience and expertise in private collections services and the presentation for sale of primary and secondary market works by leading international artists whose primary medium is clay.