Burkett’s ceramics are contemporary interpretations of common pottery forms such as teapots, covered jars, and pouring vessels. His highly distinctive “Gear Cups” have bases and handles that resemble industrial gears and machine parts.
Burkett is perhaps best recognized for his prolific output of cups, each one having a unique shape, a different glaze, and individual decoration. Burkett is fascinated by the sense of intimate touch that happens when one holds a piece of small scale ceramic work such as a cup. Burkett’s gear series is his most recent effort to balance the mechanical with the personal, and the impersonal with the poetic.