Louisville, Kentucky

Artist and owner of Mr. Benny’s Pot Shop and Isla Transfers Jason Burnett earned his degrees in ceramics and printmaking at Western Kentucky University. He then continued his education in the mountains of Western North Carolina at Penland School of Crafts. Shortly thereafter he was an Artist-In-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where he discovered more than his passion for pottery, but his love for karaoke, moonshine, and Dolly Parton.

In 2016 Jason moved back to his childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky with his family only to rediscover his love of Louisville drag queens, bourbon, and all the festivals Louisville has to offer. Jason teaches and exhibits nationally at arts and ceramic facilities, as well as the author of Graphic Clay (Lark Books).

Artist Statement

Jason Bige Burnett's fascination begins with the vocabulary of vessels and their narrations of our lives illustrating living spaces and reflecting daily routines. Coffee stained cups in the cupboards, plates hanging embellishing the walls, and teapots that remain untouched in glass cabinets are all artifacts of our own existence. Stains, cracks, and pristine luster adorned objects are stories he believes to be worth telling. As a result, Burnett achieves to create thoughtfully unrefined vessels that celebrate vulnerability and beauty.

Burnett's investigations start with recollections from growing up in a “broken” family. During that time sanctuary was found in cartoons such as Nickelodean’s Ren and Stimpy, Rugrats and Ahhh! Real Monsters. He has been re-watching them recognizing how illustrators used bright colors and patterned wallpaper to excite the domestic interiors of their characters’ homes. Since then he has introduced similar elements in his pottery to promote youthful discovery. Jason Bige Burnett's intentions are to create pottery and beautiful objects that reflect life’s escapades and serve as a bridge between the real and surreal.

Images of Work

Techniques

Screen printed Underglaze transfers onto wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery

Favorite Products

To make the underglaze image transfers I thicken up commercial underglazes and add the Speedball Acrylic Transparent Base to give the underglaze an ink like viscosity/body. The Transparent Base allows a longer working time to screen print the ceramic material without it drying in the screen, while also allowing it to adhere and hold on to the paper until ready for transferring onto leather hard clay.

I also use Speedball Photo Emulsion and Emulsion Remover for its ease of use in my own studio and for the workshops I teach. I'm also a fan of Pro Tools Silkscreen frames in addition to the Deluxe Screen Printing Hinges.

Upcoming Workshops/Events

Clay Arts Center
Port Chester, NY
July 16-20, 2018
Screen Printing on Clay with Jason Burnett
With an emphasis on screen printing, students will learn how Jason Burnett creates image transfers and produces narratives and patterns from using doodles and found materials. Discover how to work through layers of material using various methods including the underglaze transfers, use of slips, resists, and decals. Whether you’re a sculptural, functional or tile-based ceramic artist, come prepared to play! Space is limited to 12.

Hand and Prints—Collaboration between Form and Surface: Sunshine Cobb & Jason Bige Burnett
Archie Bray
Helena, MT
August 6-17, 2018
In this two-week intensive workshop, Cobb and Burnett invite participants to get their hands dirty and join in the exciting collaboration between ceramic form and surface. Cobb and Burnett will demonstrate their unique approaches to wheel throwing and hand building and show how to personalize work with alteration techniques. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of surface techniques using slips, stamps, screen-printed imagery and sandblasting glaze. Participants can expect creative exercises and critical discussions relative to form and surface and how to find harmony between the two. Students will take home finished work.

The Printed Figure: Cristina Cordova & Jason Burnett
Cordova Studio
Penland, NC
October 8-12, 2018
A unique course combining figurative ceramic sculpture and surface development through the use of underglaze transfers and monotypes!
photo album of images from our first two Printed Figure sessions in 2014.

Swipe Right for Screen-Printing!
Penland School of Crafts
Penland, NC
April 7-13, 2019
Build a new relationship with your creativity and learn the techniques of screen printing! Whether you prefer working loosely with raw and unrefined marks or making prints that are polished and pristine, consider “swiping right” for screen printing. We’ll cover printing, mixing inks, creating stencils, registration, and more. There will be plenty of time for exploration, play, and making prints to take home. Students of all levels will leave with the knowledge needed to make screen prints in their own studios and the foundation for incorporating the process into other mediums.