kIMBERLI (BURNS) CUMMINGS

Artist Statement

Kimberli (Burns) Cummings is a Tampa clay artist and theater instructor. Cummings is a founding member of Tampa Tour de Clay and a current and two-term past president of Las Damas de Arte. Cummings is an Arts Council of Hillsborough County 2016 Individual Artist Grant recipient and a member of the Tampa based Creatives Exchange women’s artist collective. Her ceramic artworks were featured on HGTV’s National TV show; “That’s Clever!”. 

Kimberli Burns Cummings creates art that is meant to be touched and used – to serve the homes in which  her pieces hold a special place.  Her clay/ceramic vessels elevate the tools of ‘women’s work’ , the nourishing of body and soul. Inspired by the verdant and often ecstatic flora of Florida, her energy and joy is imbued in the colors and hand-drawn designs that distinguish her work.   

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Biography – KIMBERLI BURNS CUMMINGS

I began my love for pottery at Tampa’s Clay Factory in 1991. Originally, it was to heal from a broken marriage. On my daily drive home, the clay store’s sign blared the words ‘Come on and call, you know you’ve always wanted this!’. That was the first ‘sign’ that this was the right path to follow. There, I was able to to study with many local and internationally recognized potters. I learned to RAKU (in Japanese, means ‘to have fun’) with Robert Piepenberg, make raw, organic forms with Paul Soldner and Peter Voulkos (American Modern Masters), structure and form from Hyde Park Studio’s Scott L. Aubrey and paint fantastic creatures with colorful glazes by my favorite instructor, the late Rudy Autio (Archie Bray Foundation). A crucial change occurred after a summer spent side by side with the reigning leader in Majolica ceramic decoration; Linda Arbuckle. I have since received awards, inclusion into many art shows and am a founding member of Tampa Tour De Clay, now in our 12th year. I proudly have work for sale in the University of Tampa’s famed Museum gift shop, Smith Gallery and Framing and Florida Craft Art Gallery, St. Pete, Florida, where I currently hold a board member position.

These days, I have enjoyed bringing my mother’s 1960’s fashion illustration’s alive in my serving platters. I continue to grow my inventory with my Majolica glaze finish of Florida sunsets and gardens of fruit. A happy marriage to Bill is evident in a landscape of birds from our garden, apples, lemons,Fl. fish and Tango Dancer vases. I was chosen to represent Tampa on National television as a potter on HGTV’s That’s Clever!, demonstrating how to make my Tango Dancers dance! Recently, I earned the Hillsborough County Arts Council 2016 artist grant, converting part of my home to a full time studio.

Born and raised in Tampa, I attended John Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle, Plant High, H.C.C. and University of South Fl.. After an extended acting career both in Tampa and Los Angeles (among a few; Gidget’s best friend on The New Gidget Show, Knot’s Landing, Enos, Ace Crawford;Private Eye with Tim Conway, Superboy, Second Noah and varied TV commercials, I moved back to Tampa.

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