BiographyJane Burton graduated from UC Davis in the early 70's with a BFA, then continued with graduate school and a career in Graphic Design. It was 20 years later that her passion for ceramics and pit firing ignited, inspired by a trip to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM where Burton took a Native American pottery class.
Burton is currently creating large ceramic sculptures ranging in height from two to twenty feet, and exploring the relationships between vessels and the energy they contain. The forms are reminiscent of the feminine connection to the ancient representations of the goddess; a shape starting small and rising into the fullness of her power and strength.
Coils are revealed through the layers in the sculptures. The repetitive pattern evokes the natural rhythm of the body, the building of experiences and stories, and the passage of time. Many of the pieces have writing etched into the layers: musings on womanhood, perceptions, inner strength, and spirituality. Some of the writing is concealed and some can be easily read.
Burton’s work incorporates techniques such as multiple firings, stains, oxides and slips that create a timeless and ancient look. Much of her work is pit-fired, achieving the depth of texture and color through a fusion of clay slips and washes, layers of organic and inorganic materials, copper markers and tape, and non-ceramic finishes such as gold leaf. The surface marks on the vessels are softened and altered by the smoke. Recent work introduces the use of Terra Sigillata (fine clay particles immersed in water) for a soft polished glow. Both ceramic and non-ceramic finishes have also been incorporated to complete the story.
Curriculum VitaeSelected Exhibitions
2012 Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Invitational Sculpture Show, Healdsburg, CA
2012 “Focus on the Figure,” Pence Art Gallery, Davis, CA
2012 “ArtMkt San Francisco,” with Axiom Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2012 LA Art Show, with Axiom Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2012 “41st Marin Designers Showcase,” with a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite at Villa Belvedere, Belvedere, CA
2011 “Art From the Earth,” Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2011 “Body Language 2011,” a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2011 “ArtHamptons New York,” Bridgehampton, NY
2011 SF Fine Art Fair Contemporary and Modern, with Lurie Galleries, San Francisco, CA
2011 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2010 “Jane Burton: New Works,” a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2010 “Sculptor Jane Burton and Painters Paul Ecke, Donna McGinnis, Pat McNabb Martin,” William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2010 “Invitational,” Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
2009 “Body Works,” A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2008 “A New Leaf Gallery Spring Show,” A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2008 “Feats of Clay,” Gladding McBean, Lincoln, CA
2008 “ACGA Group Show," Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
2008 “Exploring the Surface,” group of four selected artists, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
2007 “SOFA Chicago,” with Sculpturesite Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 “Layer Upon Layer: Recent Work by Jane Burton,” Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA
2007 “Solo Show,” William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006 "Body Language, Figurative Works by Five Women Sculptors," Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 "Featured Artists," A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2005 "Narratives in Clay," Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 "Stories Left Behind" (Solo Exhibition), Bedford Gallery Art Site, Walnut Creek, CA
2005 "Pots, Objects of Virtue," A National Juried Exhibition, Juried by Mark Pharis
2005 "Juried Exhibition,” Craft and Cultural Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2005 "Juried Exhibition," Juried by Henry Hopkins, Professor Emeritus, UCLA; ArtsInk & Clay 31, CalPoly University, Pomona, CA
2004 "Vessel," Oakland Museum Collector’s Gallery, Oakland, CA
2004 "From the Fire," Juried Exhibition by Jan Schachter and Suzanne Baizerman, Alameda Arts Center, Alameda, CA
2004 "Celebration of Art" (3rd place Sculpture), Antioch Lynn House Gallery, Antioch, CA
2004 "CA State Fair Fine Art Exhibition," Sculpture and Ceramic Divisions, Sacramento, CA
2004 "Annual Juried Show," Bancroft Sculpture Garden, Pacific Rim Sculptors Group, Walnut Creek, CA
2004 "The California Clay Competition," Juried Exhibition by Margaret Keelan, The Artery, Davis, CA
2004 "Arts on Fire," Juried Exhibition by Jack Rasmussen, Executive Director di Rosa Art & Nature Preserve, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2004 "Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Ether," Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center of the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2003 "41st Annual Juried Show," Fairfield Visual Arts, Fairfield, CA
2003 "Visions in Clay," Juried Exhibition by Robert Brady, San Joaquin Potters Guild, San Joaquin, CA
2003 "One of a Kind: 2 pieces," Juried Exhibition by Sandy Simon and Robert Brady, San Francisco, CA
2003 "The California Clay Competition," Juried Exhibition by Richard Shaw, The Artery, Davis, CA
2003 "The Word Made Clay: Ceramics In It's Own (W)rite," Juried Exhibition by Richard Shaw, The Artery, Davis, CA
Selected Honors and Awards
2003 "Award of Excellence: From the Fire," Alameda Arts Center, Alameda, CA
2003 "ACGA Ceramics Award & 2 Merit Awards: CA State Fair Fine Art Exhibition," Ceramic Divisions, Sacramento, CA
2004 "Honorable Mention: The California Clay Competition," Awarded by Margaret Keelan, The Artery, Davis, CA
2003 "First Place Award: Visions in Clay," Awarded by John Toki and Suzanne Baizerman, San Joaquin Potters Guild, San Joaquin, CA
2003 "First Place Ceramics Award: Fairfield Visual Arts," 41st Annual Juried Show, Fairfield, CA
2003 "Second Place Sculpture Award: Fairfield Visual Arts," 41st Annual Juried Show, Fairfield, CA
ResMed Art Collection: 21 Years in the Making, Selected Works. The Private Art Collection of Peter Farrell.
Smoke Firing: Contemporary Artists and Approaches, by Jane Perryman, 2008 – Featured Artist.
Best of Artists & Artisans – California 2007, Second Place Sculpture Award.
Best of America – Sculpture Artists 2007, Sculpture Award and back cover.
Best of America – Pottery & Woodworking 2007, 2 pages.
American Art Collector 2006, Alcove Books, Selected for Cover Art.
“Clay Times,” October 2005.
Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, by Robin Hopper, Spring 2004.
American Art Collector, Alcove Books, 2004.
“Ceramics Monthly,” April 2003, Upfront Article and Photos.
“Ceramics Monthly,” April 2003, Gallery Review.
Craft of Northern California, Alcove Books, 2003.
University of California, Davis, BFA
Graduate Studies in Graphic Design
Workshops and Studies
Jane Perryman, Smoked Fired Pottery, Resists & Fast-Firing Techniques, England
Stephen DeStaebler, Mendocini Arts Center
Peter Vandenburg, Santa Fe Clay
Andrée Thompson, Advanced Ceramics Sculpture
Susannah Israel, Advanced Ceramics Sculpture
Surface and Form – Idyllwild Arts Center, Greg Kennedy, Kevin Myers, Robert Brady and Sandy Simon
Firing Survey – Idyllwild Arts Center, Tony Marsh, Cara Moczygemba, John Toki and Patrick Crabb
Mark Lancet, Pit Fire and Raku Workshop, Sierra Nevada College
Jim Kempes, Pit Fired Pottery, Abiquiu, NM
Camilla Trujillo, Micaceous Pottery, Abiquiu, NM
Don Reitz, Richard Shaw, Vince Pitelka, Michael Berkley, Lesley Jensen: Walnut Creek Arts Center