Sergei Isupov

b. August 17, 1963, Stravapole, Russia


1990                    Art Institute of Tallinn, Estonia B.A./M.F.A. Ceramics

1982                    Ukrainian State Art School, Kiev


2001                    Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award

1995                    Juror’s Merit Award for Excellence in Ceramics; Transitions ‘95, Kentucky Arts Council

                            Marketing Program

1991                    “Best Young Estonian Artist” (under age 30) by the Union of Artists of Estonia

                            Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Estonia

1990                    Invitation Scholarship to 1990 Oslo International Ceramics Symposium


Arkansas Center for the Decorative Arts, Littlerock, AR

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Daum Museum of Art, Sedalia, MO

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Houston Museum of Art, Houston, TX

Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC

Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA

Sparta Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Tallinn Museum of Applied Art, Estonia

Museum of Applied Art, Tuman, Russia

Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Summe, Ukraine

Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

Oslo Museum of Applied Art, Oslo, Norway

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Norwegian Museum of Art, Trondheim, Norway

Museum of Arts + Design, New York, NY

Museum of International Ceramics, Keckemet, Hungary             

Museum fur Angewandte, Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC


Confrontational Ceramics, Dr. Judith Schwartz; 2008; University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA

Masters: Porcelain, Curated by Richard Burkett, 2008, Lark Books, A Division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.: New York, NY

Voices: Invitational Exhibition, 2008, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

.Cent “The Basso & Brooke Issue, ‘Ornament’”, Summer 2008, “Lullabies”

Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from the Wornick Collection,

Gerald W.R. Ward, Julie Muniz, Matthew Kangas; 2007, MFA Publications, Boston, MA

“Teapots: Makers and Collectors”, 2006, Dona Z. Meilach, Schiffer Publishing

The Figure in Clay, 2005. Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY

The Ceramic Narrative; Matthias Osterman, 2005; A&C Black Publishers, London, UK

Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin, 2005

Thirty Ceramic Sculptors; 2005, John Natsoulas Press, Davis, CA

Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, Robin Hopper, 2004, Krause Publications Inc., Iola, Wisconsin

Art and Antiques, May 2004, “All Fired Up”, Bobbie Leigh

500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form, 2004, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY

Kerameiki Techni - International Ceramic Art Review, Issue 44, August 2003, “Trans Mission by Andy Nasisse

Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics, Paul Mathieu, 2003, Rutgers University Press, Rutgers, NJ

American Style, 2003, “Fragile”, Jane Friedman

Ceramic Arts & Perception, 2003, Issue 51, “Sergei Isupov – On Multi stable Ground, Glen Brown

Penland Book of Ceramics: Masterclasses in Ceramic Techniques, Deborah Morgenthal, 2003, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, New York, NY

500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, 2002 Kathy Triplett, Lark Books,

Sterling Publishing, New York, NY

The Ceramic Surface; Matthias Osterman, 2002; A&C Black Publishers, London, UK

Kerameiki Techni – International Ceramic Art Review, Issue 38, August 2001, Review by Susan Barry

Postmodern Ceramics, Mark Del Vecchio, 2001; Thames & Hudson; New York, NY

American Craft Magazine, October 2001, “Ceramic National 2000”, Janice T. Paine

The Artful Teapot, Garth Clark, 2001, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, NY

Ceramics Monthly, April, 2000, Erotic Clay

Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection; Mary Douglas; 2000; Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object; Leslie Ferrin; 2000; GUILD Publishing, Madison, WI

Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950 - 2000; Jo Lauria; 2000; Rizzoli

International Publications, NY, NY

Confrontational Clay: Artist as Social Critic; Dr. Judith Schwartz; 2000; Exhibits USA, Mid Atlantic Arts Alliance; Kansas City, MO

Everson Ceramic National 2000; Tom Piche’; Everson Museum of Art; Syracuse, NY

American Ceramics, 13/2 (May), 1999, “Sergei Isupov,” Rick Newby

American Craft Magazine, February, 1999,   "Sergei Isupov," by Karen Chambers

Ceramics Monthly, February, 1999, “Nude in Clay”

Ceramic Arts & Perception, 1999, Issue 38, “Erotica in Ceramic Art, Sexual, Sensual & Suggestive”, Leon Nigrosh

Kerameiki Techni - International Ceramic Art Review, Issue 30, December 1998, "Sergei Isupov:

From Stavropol to Louisville," by Karen Chambers


2007                    International Ceramics Studio, Artist Residency, Kecskemet, Hungary

                            Estonia, University of Tallinn, Artist in Residence

2006                    Jam Factory, Adelaide, South Australia, Artist in Residence

                            Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Artist in Residence, International Symposium

                            Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, Figurative Sculpture in Porcelain, 3 wk. session

2003                    Artist in Residence; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program at

                            Kohler Company, Kohler, WI

                            Artist in Residence; The Littleton Studios, Spruce Pine, NC

2000                    Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC, Figurative Sculpture in Porcelain, 2 wk. session

1993                    Director’s Scholarship, six-week residency, International Ceramics Center, Kecskemet, Hungary


2009                    “Androgyny” Solo Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Daum Museum of Art, Sedalia, MO
                            Steeped in History: The Art of Tea, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
                            “The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories”, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
                            "Figuration to Fragmentation: The Human Form in Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture", Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

2008                    Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection, Museum of Arts + Design, New York, NY
                            Solo Exhibition, Androgeny Sculpture, Painting, Drawing; Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
                            “Voices” NCECA Invitational Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA

2007                    Solo Exhibition: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing; Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA and Pittsfield, MA
                            The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection: A Gift to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

2006                    Harvey K. Littleton and Friends: A Legacy of Transforming Object, Image and Idea, Western Carolina University Museum of Fine Art, Dullowhee, NC
                            The Edges of Grace: Provocative, Uncommon Craft”, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 
                            Life Insight: The Human Experience, The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY
                            Resident and Invited International Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation: North Gallery, Helena, MT
                            Surface Tension, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, South Australia
                            The Body Ceramic, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

2005                    The Artful Teapot:20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Curator, Garth Clark
                            SOFA Chicago, Ferrin Gallery, Chicago, IL
                            Transformations: the Language of Craft, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
                            Korea Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005, International Invitational Exhibition - 120 Definitions of Temptation, Cheongju Arts Center, Cheongju City, Republic of Korea
                            30 Ceramic Sculptors; John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
                            “Portraiture: Patron - Artist - Subject” , Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
                            A Tale to Tell, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
                            “Particles and Passion: The Art of Clay”, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
                            House of Wonder:Surrealism + Still Life + Objects of Curiosity, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox,MA
                            SOFA New York, Ferrin Gallery, NY, NY
                            Terra Sutra: Erotica II, Montage Gallery, Baltimore, MD
                            Excess: A Group Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
                            35th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Faunatical: Ceramic Artists and the 
                            Forms of Nature, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI

2004                    “Standing Room Only”, 2004 Scripps 60th Ceramic Annual, Williamson Gallery, 
                            Scripps College, Clairemont, CA
                            “A Family of Artists”, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2003                    ”Triennial 9 Form and Content: Corporal Identity”, Museum of Arts and Design, 
                            New York, NY & Museum fur Angewandte, Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
                            Trans-mission, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA
                            Short Stories, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
                            Vivat! Chamotte, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
                            Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum of Art, 
                            USB Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, NY
                            Solo Exhibition; Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
                            Being Human: The Figure Expressed, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                            Erotic Life of Clay - Sex Pots, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2002                    Tastefully Tawdry, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
                            “Major Figures: Group Show of Figural Ceramics”; Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
                            “The Figure in Ceramic”; Lewis & Clark College; Portland, OR; Catalogue
                            “Figural Ceramics”, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
                            “Big Head: Ceramic Sculpture on a Heroic Scale”; 
                            Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX
                            “Biological Mutiny”, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
                            Terra Sutra, 21st Century Erotic Ceramics; Incubator Gallery, Kansas City, MO
                            Being Human: The Figure Expressed, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                            Modern Bestiary: Artists View the Animal Kingdom, 
                            Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

2001                    “American Ceramic Art at the New Millennium”; World Ceramics Exposition; 
                            Seoul, Korea; Catalogue
                            “Clay 2001”; Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte, NC
                            National Clay Invitational, Blue Spiral 1; Asheville, NC
                            Erotica in Ceramic Art II; Gallery Camino Real; Boca Raton, FL
                            31st Annual Ceramics Exhibit; Crossman Gallery; University of Wisconsin; 
                            Whitewater, WI
                            “Expressing the Human Form”; Baltimore Clayworks; Baltimore, MD
                            “Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection”; Mint Museum of Craft + Design; Charlotte, NC

2000                    Everson Ceramic National; The 30th Ceramic National Exhibition; 
                            Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Catalogue
                            “Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 
                            Los Angeles, CA; Catalogue
                            Masterworks from the Collection, Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC ; Catalogue
                            Confrontational Clay: The Artist as Social Critic, A Touring Exhibit with Exhibits USA
                            Curated by Judith Schwartz; University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL; 
                            January 2000 - October 2001; Catalogue
                            Bridge VI, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
                            New Sculpture, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999                    “Body Parts”, Group Show, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI
                            “The Nude in Clay II”, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, Wustum Museum of Fine Art
                            Racine WI, curator Karen Johnson Boyd

1998                    “Self Portraiture in Contemporary Art”,Group Show, JB Speed Museum, Louisville,KY
                            “5th Scripps Ceramic Annual”, Scripps College, Claremont, CA curator Cindy Kolodziejski
                            “Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award”, Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
                            Juror, Torbjorn Kvasbo
                            “To Have and To Hold”, Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                            “Dress Up”, Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

1997                   “New Clay”, Two Person Show, Dorothy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA
                            “All Figural: Many Media”, Contemporary Art from the Kamm Collection,
                            California State University, Northridge, CA
                            “Go Figure: A National Ceramic Invitational”, Montgomery College, 
                            Curator Kevin Hluch, Rockville, MD

1996                    “Altered States: Contemporary American Ceramics”, Denver Center 
                            for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO
                            “Bags and Baggage: New Form/New Function, Arrowmont School for the Arts
                            Juror Ruth Cloudman, Gaitlinburg, TN

1995                    Solo Exhibition, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA
                            Solo Exhibition, Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

1994                    Solo Exhibition, Mosabaka Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
                            Solo Exhibition, Vasa Gallery, Falun, Sweden
                            International Art Expo, Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea
                            International Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia
                            International Symposium, Kecskemet, Hungary
                            From Dreams to Reality, Northern European Art, traveling the Baltics, Sweden, 
                            Finland, Norway, Denmark

1992                    Eastern European Ceramics, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Traveling USA

1990                    New Soviet Art, Fourth Dimension Gallery, San Francisco, CA
                            USSR Ceramists, Charity Exposition, Hammer Center, Moscow
                            Oslo International Ceramics Symposium, Norway