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Hi, I'm Tina Burk. I began working with clay in college and found it a wonderful medium through which I could express my creativity. When I became a mother, I realized motherhood was the most rewarding experience I could ever have. I decided that raising my children would always come before playing with clay. Now, my children are grown and I again have time to create with clay.
When I first returned to the studio, I made lots of bowls. They were useful, people wanted them, and they were easy. But I wanted to grow as an artist, try new ideas and learn from others. So I began to experiment with new forms and decorative techniques. I created story pieces that reflected emotions I was experiencing.
As I allowed myself to experiment with my work, my creativity blossomed. I grew more confident with my creativity and artistic vision. My work was accepted at “The Tangible Mystery of Fire,” at The County College of Morris, at CareOne Celebrates the Arts, and won second place in sculpture at the annual juried show at the Gaelen Gallery. Susan Onuma, owner of Kokoro in Maplewood, has carried my work for five years. Now, my work can be found at Chasen Galleries in Sarasota, Florida. How far I have come, both personally and artistically. Yet, I never want to stop learning. So I continue to experiment with clay and my work continues to evolve.