Janet K. Burner
ARTIST STATEMENT 2020
Clay as Art is my goal and inspiration. The human figure, my life's experiences,
and images from nature fascinate my imagination; smooth surfaces, texture,
movement, and contrasts are often incorporated. I bring my 50 years of
experience to every lump of clay; to shape from nothing, a piece which lives
beyond myself with dignity and pride.
My love for clay began in 1970 at the Tucson Art Center while finishing my
degree in Microbiology at the University of Arizona. The same year I met Harry
Holl in Dennis, MA & decided then & there to become a potter, not a
Microbiologist. My interest to learn took me to Anderson Ranch in Aspen, CO &
then an apprenticeship with Harry Holl in 1972. I worked alongside Harry in the
summers for over 30 years learning from a master, all things clay. After my initial
apprenticeship I began my business, Sabino Stoneware Pottery, in Tucson
where I resided the rest of the year and began teaching at the Tucson Museum
My intention as a potter was & is a spiritual one, to be one with the earth; to
make from a lump of clay, something of beauty that will endure beyond myself.
My love for drawing, painting & sculpture is present.
These stoneware plates are high-fired (cone 10), durable, food safe, dishwasher & microwave safe.
These vases & cups are high-fired (cone 10), textured, painted with under-glaze colors, & glazed on the interior.
Open Studio Tour
About the Process
My art is varied; I primarily work in clay as well as drawing, pastels & on canvas. My primary influences are the human figure, animals, & my desert surroundings. My ceramic work often uses the potter's wheel to create sculptural & functional pieces but hand-buildng (pinch, coil & slab) techniques are employed as well. "Clay As Art" is my goal & inspiration; I love to draw & paint on my clay surfaces creating unique pieces of art which will endure beyond my self. Sharing my many years of experience with my students at Romero House Potters brings me great joy, satisfaction, & wonderful friends.
How to Purchase
Call or e-mail email@example.com, Sabino Stoneware Pottery, 1019 N. Jacobus Avenue,Tucson ( 520) 624-5201, for an appointment to visit my studio & gallery.
Visit the Tucson Museum of Art gift shop, 140 N. Main Tucson.
Visit Bear Mt. Lodge & Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, NM
On Etsy ClayAsArtbyJKBurner or my page at Foundwork.art.
IN PERSON TOURS
Open Studio Tour April 22 & 23, 2023, 9AM-5PM
Annual Holiday Show Sunday, December 3,2023, 10-5PM