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jane burton’s figurative sculpture

Female figures seem to be calling me lately. I don’t know if it is my current state of mind, a shift of consciousness, maybe a heightened awareness of my femininity as I forge a new path, allowing my creativity to give birth to the ideas I have been nurturing for months?

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Old Soul, 111” x 19” x 10”, ceramic, inscribed writing, cast iron, steel

Whatever the reason, I have been exploring wonderful female figures- so alive, with many stories to tell, responsible for so much beauty in this world. Jane Burton’s larger-than-life, hand-built ceramic figurative sculptures “explore the vessel as a container shaped by the life within.” Oh, yes…I want one of these spectacular women to guide me on this part of my journey.  Such strength and grace. Read what Burton says about her work in the quotes below.  Powerful.

She’s Fabulous, 93”H x 12”W x 10”D
ceramic, inscribed writing and drawings, gold leaf, concrete, steel

The Journey, 86″ H x 13″ x 10″, ceramic, concrete

“On much of my work I write stories, poetry or journal writings. Many of the writings reflect on the perceptions we develop about who we are, about the importance we put on “surface things”, our clothes, our looks, our money, and how they can define, and at times trap us.” Jane Burton

Abundance, 78” x 62” x 10”
ceramic, inscribed writing, steel, concrete, Tibetan singing bowls

“In my large-scale pieces, I work in stages usually on more than one at a time. The initial stages are like the beginning of relationship, dealing with surface issues and structural problems, technical and conceptual issues. As they grow and become closer to my height, my relationship with them changes, becoming highly personal, even intimate. And as they tower above me, I feel the respect and power of a spiritual being in my presence.” Jane Burton

Day Dreamer, 92″ x 15″ x 15″, ceramic stoneware, concrete, steel

Do Wah Ditty, 64”H x 15”W x10”, ceramic, steel dress-form

New Beginnings, 78″ x 16″ x 12″, ceramic, concrete, steel

“I’m intrigued with objects that hold life… the shell of the hermit crab, the cocoon of the butterfly, the human body. Over the layers of time, they hold the story of the life that resides within. The vessels remain as life moves on.” Jane Burton [/private_archives]

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6 Responses to jane burton’s figurative sculpture

  1. Susan,
    I’ve enjoyed reading about and visiting the artist studios.
    Today’s post brought it all home. I’ve been meaning to learn more about the DC Studio/artists and making it out there is not financially seizable for me, so thank you!
    I met Liz Mears a few years back at a glass conference. I enjoy seeing her and her work – a great force behind the glass movement and an inspiring artist.
    Liliana 🙂

  2. These are great! I love the texture of the surfaces and the play of colors…..I am thinking that shrunk down and made of metal, these would be great pendants…..(hope that doesn’t offend, Jane). I love what Jane said about the way these women “grow” and change.

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