Karen Burns is an artist and graphic designer who has painted her whole life. Living in Syracuse, NY, she finds inspiration in her immediate surroundings and in the beauty of our region. In the past few years she has concentrated on oil painting and digital art. Her work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States.
Chris received his B.F.A. at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He also studied at the University of The Arts, in Philadelphia, and received his M.F.A. in ceramic art from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1992. He now lives and works along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Afton, NY
“Since my background is in ceramic sculpture, we baked and cooked and ate and drank from everything we made for about a year before even trying to sell a single pot”, says Chris, “because we wanted to make sure they worked properly and were sturdy enough for everyday use.” They settled on white stoneware and porcelain clays for their work, and are glaze fired to Cone 10 (2350 degrees F.) in electric kilns with glaze made from nontoxic materials. “We formulate and make all of our own glazes from raw materials in our studio, to be sure that they are safe not only for people to use, but for us to work with as well.”
Their work is in use and in private collections across the United States and around the world.
Tony Thompson is a Syracuse area native who currently lives and works in Utica, New York. Growing up near and around Syracuse N.Y. allowed him to be surrounded by a strong art and graffiti scene which had a huge influence on his pursuit in the arts. While experimenting in graffiti and other forms of street art as a young aspiring artist, he eventually began to find interest in stencils and screen-printing. After living in Utica for a few years, he became a full-time screen printer and continued with that for several years before taking the leap to becoming a full-time artist.
That same year was the year Tony started to suffer from seemingly random, extremely debilitating and life-threatening strokes. These strokes took away almost every bodily function from walking to drawing and Tony had to relearn and develop new skills to function. His art style has been formed through a mixture of the artistic inspirations he grew up with as well as the life changing events of his recent past.