Mark Burleson received his MFA from the Mills College in 1994 and a BFA from Tuft's University in 1992. He joined the Ceramics Faculty of the School of Art and Design in 2004. He is a studio artist in Atlanta, GA. Burleson was an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Director of Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. He was also a Visiting Artist atSieirra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, NV, The University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, Georgia State University, South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind in Greenville and others. Burleson has also taught workshops that include the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, Santa Fe Clay, in Santa Fe, NM, Roswell Visual Arts Center in Roswell, GA.
Burleson has authored an award winning book, "The Ceramic Glaze Handbook", published by Sterling Publishing of New York in 2001 The book was awarded the Mary Ellen Lopreseti Award for Excellence in Art Publishing by the Art Libraries Society of North America. He has also authored several magazine articles and includes work for American Craft Magazine, Ceramics, Art + Perception and Clay Times Magazine.
Burleson was featured in Solo exhibitions at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville,NC, at Odyssey Gallery in Asheville, NC and "Atomic" at the Rocky Mount Art Center. . Other recent exhibitions include two-person shows with Kathy King at Signature Gallery in Atlanta, and Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA., and group and invitational exhibitions that include, "Wallworks, curated by Michael Sherrill at Baltimore Clayworks," Baltimore, Md, One Hundred Cups, at Santa Fe Clay in Santa Fe, NM, "Biological Mutations" at Sonoma State University in Sonoma, Ca, "Digital Ceramics" at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC.
Additionally, Burleson has curated numerous exhibitions including the "NCECA National Clay Invitational" at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC, "Politiclay" at Odyssey Gallery in Asheville, NC andPhoto/graphic ceramics at the Roswell Visual Art Center in Atlanta. His work has appeared in Numerous publications including Ceramics Monthly Magazine, American Craft Magazine, Southern Voice, The AtlantaJournal and Constitution and the Boston Globe.