Jason Bige Burnett graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BFA in ceramics and BA’s in both printmaking and graphic design. He continued his education as a core fellowship student at Penland School of Crafts in western North Carolina. Since then he has exhibited nationally, been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft Magazine, and regional magazines Carolina Home + Garden and WNC Magazine. Jason’s work is featured in 500 Prints on Clay (Lark Books) and he’s the author of Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfer Techniques (Lark Books, 2015).
Burnett’s inspiration comes from the homey interiors depicted in cartoons and the imaginative atmospheres of theme parks he grew up with, all of which painted a safe place removed from his own reality—being a latch-key kid who was often home alone, growing up gay in a Catholic family and community, in addition to working through the pain of his parents’ divorce. Graphic imagery and repetitive pattern reflect influences from pop, queer and summer camp cultures, domestic landscapes, as well as personal narratives of relationships and experiences—from frustrations to infatuations.