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BURKETT, TRENT
BURKETT, TRENT
CALIFORNIA
My appreciation for functional objects ranges from the strictly everyday use of objects to the more eccentric and possibly sculptural aspects of experiencing objects. Their use can become obscured and inter-changed. My aesthetic incorporates the use of form and surface which employ organic/ gestural qualities as well as architectural / human invented forms. In this regard, I attempt to create a dynamic equilibrium between the sculptural aspects and the conventions of functionality. My experience with wood and salt-fired ceramics is important to my aesthetic goals. This process of firing with wood has solidified my understanding of the relationship between form, material, surface, and the traditions of firing. Currently, I dig and process most of my clay in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Working with more stubborn clays has challenged my working methods. The struggle to figure out a particular material and how it works is what holds my attention. Regularity in process and results rapidly creates boredom. Wood- firing is perfect for this very reason; it is for the most part unpredictable. However, with keen observation, one can build a palette out of the irregular and in a sense “casually mingle” with it to achieve desirable results. I also work with mixed-media to create singular objects as well as installations. The use of space as a medium in experiencing visual information is also a key element in my work.

BIOGRAPHY
Trent Burkett is a potter, sculptor, and professor of art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Burkett was born in San Bernadino ,CA in 1970. He was raised all over the US, yet has spent a majority of his life in Sacramento, CA. He completed his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and his MA and BA at Sacramento State University, CA.

Burkett has established himself as a nationally exhibiting artist based in the California Central Valley. He continues to build on his current successes in teaching, creative research, and sharing his pottery and sculpture with a vigilant audience.

View Trent's work at Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA; JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, CA; The Museum of Craft and Design Store, San Francisco, CA; and Stewart Kummer Gallery, Guallala, CA.

Also view online at http://www.trentburkett.com

EDUCATION
2000 MFA University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN.
1998 MA California State University, Sacramento, CA.
1993 BA California State University, Sacramento, CA.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2002-2009
Associate Professor Sculpture/ Ceramics, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
2000-2002
Visiting Assistant Professor Sculpture/Ceramics, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
1998-2000
Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, All Levels of Hand Building and Throwing, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
1999
Instructor/ Hand building and Throwing, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN.
1997
Ceramics Technician, California State University, Sacramento, CA.
Resident Artist, Earthworks Gallery and Ceramics Facility, Sacramento, CA.

AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS
2005
“The Hoefer Prize for Student-Faculty Research/Creative Projects”. University of the Pacific.
“Alumni Achievement Award”, CSU Sacramento Alumni Association.
Award received for excellence in craft. “Pots: Objects of Virtue”. National Juried Competition, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Ca.,
2004
“Visions In Clay”, National Juried Competition, (1st place, functional).
Scholarly / Artistic Activity Grant, University of the Pacific, Stockton, Ca.
2003
“Visions In Clay”, Regional Juried Competition (2nd place, functional).
1998
Incoming Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota.
1997
Increase Robinson Award, CSU, Sacramento.

EXHIBITIONS
2009
Trent Burkett and Michael Connelly, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
Trent Burkett and Judith Duff, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2008
“16-Stokers”, Group exhibition of artists from Scott Parady’s Pope Valley Kiln, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
“Clay Now”, regional invitational exhibition, Sacramento Public Library.
“Bay Area Potters’ Invite Potters’”, Invitational Exhibition, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
“The Richard Carter Studio: Past and Present”, national invitational exhibition, Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery, Forestville, CA.
“Wood-Fire Invitational”, CSU Sacramento/ Robert Else Gallery.
“Revolving Group Exhibition”, JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2007
Permanent Outdoor Sculpture Installation, Competitive proposal for Kaiser in Modesto in association with Beth Jones Art Consultants, to be installed summer of 2008.
“Wood-Fired”, National invitational exhibition, curated by Ron Meyers, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2006
“West Meets East: A Contemporary Pottery Show”, National invitational: five artists from the West and East Coast, Curated by Kevin Hluch, Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Washington, D.C.
“New Work: Wood and Salt”, Solo Exhibition, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
“20+1, An Invitational Exhibition”, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff AZ., in conjunction with International Wood-Fire Conference. Included Lecture.
2005
“Pots: Objects of Virtue”. National Juried Comp., Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Ca.
“Pots: Objects of Virtue”. National Invitational Exh., Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Ca.
“Ishi Wo Taten Koto”, Solo Exhibition, LH Horton Gallery, SJ Delta Junior College, Ca.
2004
“Faculty Exhibition”, Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, Ca.
“Pots from Parady’s Pope Valley Kiln”, Group exh., Trax Gallery, Berkeley, Ca.
“The Naked Truth: International Juried Wood-fire Exhibition”, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“Visions In Clay”, National Juried Comp., Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific.
“Elements of the Garden”, Solo Exhibition, Oakland Museum of California, Professional Services Division, Sculpture Court, Oakland, Ca.
“Six Potters By the Sea”, Stewart/ Kummer Gallery, Gualala, Ca. Co-curated by T. Burkett and Christa Assad.
“Aquatopia: A Confluence of Art, Science, and the California Watershed”, Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, Ca.
“The Blues: Tonality II”, Tierra Solida Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca.
“Coffee, Tea, Aqua Vitae”, Tierra Solida Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca.
2003
“Clearly Black and White” Regional (West Coast) juried, Tierra Solida Gallery , Santa Barbara, Ca.
“Visions In Clay” Regional (N. Ca.) juried, Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, Ca.
2002
Guest Artist, San Joaquin Potters Guild annual sale.
2001
“Wrap Up!” Group Show. Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
“Neutral Garden”, New Faculty Exh., Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA.
“Holiday Show”. B. Sakata Garo Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2000
“A Garden” Solo Installation. Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
“Studio Days”, National Invitational, Chester Springs Studio, PA.
“2000.” Sculpture. Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
1999
“Functional Wood-Fired Pottery” Edina, MN.
“Guilty By Association” Sculpture. Mezzanine Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
“NCECA Clay National”, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, OH.
“ECBGS-39" Sculpture. Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
1998
“New Graduate Exhibition” Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
“California Clay Competition”, Regional Juried comp., The Artery, Davis, Ca.
“MA Graduate Exhibition” Robert Else Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
1997
Installation. Solo Show. R.W. Witt Gallery, California State University, Sacramento, CA.
1996
“A Course in Clay”, curated by Trent Burkett for CSU Sacramento Faculty and Students, Amador County Arts Council Gallery, Sutter Creek, CA.
“Functional Pottery” Earthworks Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

PUBLICATIONS
2007
“500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form”, Lark Books, Pg. 203, Juried from 4000 entries.
“West Meets East: A Contemporary Pottery Show”, Kevin Hluch, Clay Times, Vol. 12 No.3, May/June issue, Pg. 14.
2004
“Shaping Expressions”, artist profile, Stockton Record, August 10.
“The Naked Truth”, International Wood-Fire Juried Exhibition Catalogue.
2003
“Visions” Stockton Record. June 2003.
2000
“Studio Days 2000”, Chester Springs Studio Invitational Catalogue.
1999
NCECA, Clay National Catalogue.

WORKSHOPS/JURIED EVENTS
2008
Visiting Artist, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA.
2006
Guest Lecture, One of three panel speakers, Career Panel Discussion for
John Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth at UOP.
2005
Juror, 19th Annual CSU Student Research Competition.
Visiting Artist, Wood-Firing, University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
2004
Visiting Artist, California State University, Sacramento.
2000
Visiting Artist, Wood-Fire Workshop, University of Minnesota/University of Wisconsin, Stout.
Visiting Artist, Sculpture Workshop, University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Paul Soldner, Visiting Artist Assistant, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
1998
Mark Pharis, Visiting Artist Assistant, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
1997
Akio Takamori, Visiting Artist Assistant, CSU, Sacramento
Shiro Otani, Ken Ferguson, Peter Voulkos, Visiting Artist Assistant, Richard Carter Studio, Napa, Ca.
1996
Ken Ferguson, Visiting Artist Assistant, Richard Carter Studio, Napa, CA

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Robert Brady/ Sandy Simon. Berkeley, CA.
Phillip and Marilyn Isenberg. Sacramento, CA.
Barry Sakata. Sacramento, CA.
Don and Heidi Endeman, Gualala, CA.
Randy Wall, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Larry Mathews, San Francisco, CA.
Forest Merrill, Berkeley, CA.