Jane Burton, a San Francisco based artist, graduated from UC Davis in the late 70's with a BFA, studying under Wayne Thiebaud, Roy DeForest and Robert Arneson. She continued with graduate school and a career in Graphic Design. Some years later her passion for ceramics and sculpture was reignited, inspired by a trip to Abiquiu, New Mexico where Burton worked with Native American potters. Working as a potter for a short time, Jane's work grew larger and larger and quickly evolved into figurative sculpture. Four years later, she was offered her first solo show where she featured a two-story, twenty foot ceramic figure.

Jane Burton’s current body of work is a timeless examination of humankind through the female form. Through her gestural and towering totemic figures, we examine perceptions of who we are as individuals - how we present ourselves, how we appear, our constant internal monologue, our self-worth – our strength, perseverance, spirituality and aging. Her figures are public, yet private – strong yet vulnerable.

Many of Burton's works are scribed in her hand – personal thoughts and perceptions on who we are and how we become what we are. Trained as a painter, the surfaces into which she writes are organic and complex layers of analogous or complimentary glazes and oxides applied, fired, etched and refired.

Burton's sculptures can be found both nationally and internationally in corporate collections, galleries and private collections.


Selected Exhibitions
2014 “Being Woman,” Sculpturesite Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2014 “Internal Dialog,” (Solo Exhibition) Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2013 "Black, White, Red," a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2013 "Sisters," Two person show with Tyler Burton, a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2013 ArtHamptons New York, Bridgehampton, NY
2013 “Womanhood,” Contemporary Fine Arts, La Jolla, CA
2012 “Burton to Burton,” Two person show with Tyler Burton, Axiom Contemporary Santa Monica, CA
2012 Art Basel, Miami, FL
2012 “New Artists Show,” Gallery 903, Portland, OR
2012 “ArtHamptons New York,” International Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Invitational Sculpture Show, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA
2012 “41st Marin Designers Showcase,” with a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite at Villa Belvedere, Belvedere, 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
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

Selected Publications
"ResMed Art Collection: 21 Years in the Making", Selected Works. The Private Art Collection of Peter Farrell.
2008 "Smoke Firing: Contemporary Artists and Approaches", Featured Artist, by Jane Perryman.
2007 "Best of Artists & Artisans – California", Second Place Sculpture Award.
2007 "Best of America – Sculpture Artists", Sculpture Award and back cover.
2007 "Best of America – Pottery & Woodworking", 2 pages.
2006 "American Art Collector", Alcove Books, Selected for Cover Art.
2005 “Clay Times,” October issue.
2004 "Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface", by Robin Hopper.
2004 "American Art Collector", Alcove Books
2003 “Ceramics Monthly,” April issue, Upfront Article and Photos.
2003 “Ceramics Monthly,” April issue, Gallery Review.
2003 "Craft of Northern California", Alcove Books

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

University of California, Davis, BFA
Graduate Studies in Graphic Design


My work is an extension of my self-reflection, where I manifest my desire to evolve and “grow” on a conscious and spiritual level. I recognize and expose the many layers of nature, experience, history, space, the conscious and unconscious world spirituality. I divulge through my illegible writing that “our story” is only our perception. And, that our perception can change the story.

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