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Richard Burkett

Biography to Display: 


1973 BA, Art, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

1986 MFA, Ceramics and Photography, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


1973-1983 Studio Potter

1986-1989 Lecturer, Ceramics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1989— Professor, Art, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

1993-2000 Co-owner of Clay Art Listserv, a blog transferred to American Ceramics Society

1996 Technical Advisor for video “Jatun Molino: A Pottery Village in the Upper Amazon,” producer Joe Molinaro

1989 Hyperglaze software published, glaze calculation software

2007-2009 Director of Communications, NCECA


Richard Burkett makes both functional stoneware and porcelain vessels and mixed-media sculpture. His pots, ewers, cups, pitchers, bowls, vases and jars are wheel-thrown and altered or formed by the use of an extruder.

He has spent many years traveling to Ecuador, documenting indigenous potters; numerous photographs from Ecuador can be found at

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Haan Museum of Indiana Art, Lafayette, Indiana

DePauw University Art Museum, Greencastle, Indiana

Philip Sartore Collection, Richmond, Indiana 

The Putnam County Museum, Greencastle, Indiana

Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

The Bindley Collection, Madison,Wisconsin

Key Corporation, Oregon


Bibliography to Display: 

Baird, Daryl. The Extruder Book. Westerville OH: American Ceramic Society, 2000.

Burkett, Richard, and Joe Molinaro. Mythical Figures and Mucwas: Ceramics from the Ecuadorian Amazon. Raleigh. NC: Lulu Press, 2014.

______________. “Organic Burnout Material for Texture.” Pottery Making Illustrated (January/February 2003).

______________. “Ed Thompson’s Slip Marbling.” Pottery Making Illustrated (January/February 2003).

______________. “Industrial Worker’s Cups.”  Pottery Making Illustrated, (Spring 2000).

______________. (curator).  Porcelain Masters: Major Works by Leading Ceramists. New York NY: Sterling Publishing, 2008.

______________. Hyperglaze, Software Program. (1989).

Daniels, Diane, and Martha Drexler Lynn. The Vase and Beyond: The Sydney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel. Sacramento CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2010.

Nelson, Glenn, and Richard Burkett. Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook, 6th ed. Boston MA: Cengage Learning, 2001.

Ostermann, Matthias. The Ceramic Surface. Philadelphia PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Pancioli, Diana. Extruded Ceramics. London: A & C. Black, 2000.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classical Form. Asheville NC: Sterling Publishing, 2006.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace. Asheville NC: Lark Books, 2004.

Walter, Josie. Pots in the Kitchen. Marlborough, UK: Crowood Press, 2002.




Typical Marks

As of May 2017 the known marks included last name only, in caps, scratched into base of pot; top of two “T’s” are one line. Or, printed on top of clay, in black. Sometimes, before name: a rectangular box with three parallel vertical lines inside. This mark of three lines represents pots made in his third studio.

Mostly signed name "Burkett", sometimes with the IIIrd Pottery stamp. Work made at artist's Wild Rose Pottery in Indiana in the 1970s stamped "WR". (Correspondence with the artist May 28, 2017).

Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Oval Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slip Cast, Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 27, 2019.