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Mark Burns

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

1972 BFA Ceramics, School of the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

1974 MFA Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES

2016-2018 Artist in Residence, Harvard, University

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

---- Faculty, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

---- Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

---- Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1990-2015 Professor, Ceramics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

BIOGRAPHY

Mark Burns is known for ceramic sculpture frequently composed of hand built, or slip cast figurative forms combined with small vessel forms to create trompe l’oeil narrative sculptures. Surface techniques include decals, paint, luster, mixed media, etc. Through his work, Burns often uses humor and popular culture to examine cultural norms of identity and sexuality. Garth Clark explains Burns work this way. “Labeling Burn’s work ‘Punk Art’ is to oversimplify what are in fact intensely personal statements of the artist’s search for identity. Burns employs bizarre, exotic, and sadomasochistic imagery in his immaculately crafted works.”1 To this Burns adds, “My work has always been the diary of my life”.2

Burns studied under Patti Warashina, Robert Sperry, and Howard Kottler at the University of  Washington in the 1970's.

Burns began his career as an illustrator which is evident in the carefully renderedtrompe l’oeil images that cover much of his work.  In 1979 Burns found work as a restorer where he became a master modeler, a skill he brings to the construction of his sculptures.  Each sculpture may require the use of various techniques including wheel thrown, hand built and slab made components.   

 

1. Clark, Garth. American Ceramics: 1987 to the Present, revised edition. New York, NY: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1987.

2. https://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/people/mark-burns- cited September 29, 2018-3:57PM.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography to Display: 

Burns, Mark. Burns, Frimkess, Makins: Contrast and Continuum. Philadelphia, PA: University of the Arts, 1992.

Burns, Mark, and Louis DiBonis. “Fifties Homestyle: Popular Ornament of the USA.” Perennial Library, 1988.

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics: 1987 to the Present, revised edition. New York, NY: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1987.

Helentjaris, Diane. “Escape from Ohio.” Live an Artful Life, Inc., April 30, 2018 https://liveanartfullife.com/20-public-articles/196-escape-from-ohio.

McQuaid, Cate. “Mark Burns is the John Waters of Ceramics.” Boston Globe, November 8th, 2017.

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of Everson Museum of Art. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 1989.

Tourtilliott, Suzanne J.E. The Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2005

 

 

Typical Marks
1974
1985
1997
1999
2000
Rattlesnake Teapot
Date: ca 1973
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (HOWEENAWEP)
Date: 1974
Form: Tureen
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand-Built, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze, Unglazed
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Leita Gets a Goose
Date: 1970-1975
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Nightmare Lamp
Date: 1985
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Ted and Dead
Date: 1997
Form: Salt and Pepper Shakers
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
The Clay Studio Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Salt and Pepper
Date: 1999
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Luster, Overglaze, Transfer or Decal Decorated, Underglaze
International Museum of Dinnerware Design
Photo: TMP
International Museum of Dinnerware Design
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
"Professor Burns Explains Teapot Anatomy"
Date: 2000
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown, Hand-Built, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Anything For A Laugh
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified November 15, 2023. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/burns