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ABOUT  ME

 

As an undergraduate I concentrated on printmaking and as a graduate student I focused on ceramics.  Along with teaching, I worked as a part-time studio potter and adult pottery instructor.  I enjoyed working in clay and did so for nearly twenty years.   

So why did I decide to make books?  I took a break from ceramics to think about what I might like to do in the future.  Thinking about the future led me to thinking about the past.  

I remembered the hours I spent as a child making “imaginary maps.”  Making maps let me draw, color, paint, paste, cut and fold paper. And many of the maps I turned into small books.  With those childhood memories in mind I took a basic bookmaking workshop at Peters Valley in Layton, NJ.  

I really enjoyed the workshop and found this was the new creative direction I wanted to head in.  I sold my potter’s wheel and my kiln and became a book artist. 

Of course no one creates art in a vacuum.  I would like to thank the book artists who have been my instructors or have encouraged me in my bookmaking explorations – Carol Barton, Susan Lightcap, Miriam Schaer, Mary Phelan, Jude Robison, Hedi Kyle, Karen Henderson, Maria Pisano, Carolyn Chadwick, Ed Hutchins, Paul Jackson and Barbara Mauriello.

I would also like to thank the members of the Book Arts Roundtable for their ongoing support, especially Karen McDermott, Benita Wolfe, and Chuck Miley. 

Since 2004 I have exhibited in numerous galleries in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Colorado and Oregon.  I have completed a month-long residency in book arts at the Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ, and was invited to teach a summer workshop there. 

I’ve taught book arts workshops in many venues to all ages from preschoolers to adults.


WHERE I CREATE

 I was born and raised in Kansas, and moved from the Great Plains to the Coastal Plain of New Jersey following college graduation.  I now live and maintain my studio  in Havre de Grace,  Maryland  where the Susquehanna River flows into the Chesapeake  Bay.  
 


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Art Education - Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

Master of Arts in Studio Arts - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Post-Graduate

  • Kean University, Union, NJ - Arts Education

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC - Teacher Institute, Renaissance Art

  • Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ - Book Arts, Papermaking, Jewelry

  • Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ - New Jersey Artist/Teacher Institute, Book Structures

  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - Art History-19th century European Art

  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Book Arts, Printmaking, Adobe Photoshop

  • Center for the Book, New York, NY - Book Arts


BOOK SALES

 I am represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers LLC located in Birmingham, AL.
You can view the artist books I have for sale at their website:
http://www.vampandtramp.com/finepress/r/RD-Burton-Books.html


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Book Arts Roundtable - South Orange, NJ

  • Book Arts Group Upper Chesapeake - Elkton, MD

  • Cecil County Arts Council - Elkton, MD

  • Moveable Book Society - Salt Lake City, UT

 

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Last modified: January 19, 2017