Biography

“I am interested in ways that clay can be used to leave a permanent record of our contemporary culture and reflect the use of modern tools and processes.”

Mark Burleson received an MFA from Mills College in 1994 and a B.F.A. in 1992 from Tufts University & The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.  He joined the faculty of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in 2004, where he is currently a professor and Ceramics Area Coordinator. Before coming to GSU, he was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Director of Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. He has taught at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen, CO, Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC and Santa Fe Clay, in Santa Fe, NM.

Burleson is also author of an award winning book, “The Ceramic Glaze Handbook”, published by Sterling Publishing of New York, in 2001. The book was awarded the Mary Ellen Lopreseti Award for Excellence in Art Publishing by the Art Libraries Society of North America. He has also authored several magazine articles for American Craft Magazine, Ceramics, Art + Perception and Clay Times Magazine.

Additionally, Burleson has curated more than a dozen exhibitions, including the “NCECA National Clay Invitational” at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC. Also, Burleson’s work has been cited in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, American Craft Magazine, Southern Voice, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the Boston Globe.

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