Lost Art Salon is a San Francisco-based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. Open to the public, the gallerys showroom offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.
1969 to 1982, 21st Street (San Francisco) resident Bill Burke made
pottery and sold his wares at street fairs. "Those were the years when
the street fairs were a very viable marketplace for crafts. In '82, I
went into other things. I eventually became a dot-com'er. Even more
eventually I became a failed dot-com'er," he laughs.
Burke returned to his studio, where he started creating sculptures that
are loosely based on functional forms. "I do wheel-thrown work and then
alter the form by paddling and by adding slabs to build a unique form
that looks like it might be a box, bowl, or bottle. I also do slab and
- The following excerpt was provided by publications of The Oakland Museum of Art
Bill Burke's home is a showcase for the art he loves. It's also where
he's created his own works for more than 35 years. It's a live/work
space designed to Burke's specifications and built before live/work was
a real estate buzzword. It's an art-filled, light-filled space and
everywhere you turn you see one of Burke's ceramic pots or that of
other admired artists.
Burke claims he didn't even know that
clay existed before a friend suggested they take an adult education
course at the San Francisco Art Institute. Luckily Burke wasn't
deterred from pursuing the medium when the class was canceled. Instead
he rolled in a nine-week residency program at Big Creek Pottery near
Davenport, California. That's all it took; he was hooked.
returned to San Francisco and began his career as a potter. He states
that learning to throw pots is a little like learning to play the piano
- practice, practice, practice. Of course it helped that he absolutely
loved spending time in the studio. Looking around his home you can see
the evolution of his work - from his early wheel-thrown, functional
production pots to today's imaginative, hand-built art pieces.”