Austrian-born Burgues became a dentist to please his father, but later studied art. He and his wife Caroline moved to the U.S. in 1940 where he worked as an artist for many years. Burgues never worked with porcelain until 1960, but once he discovered the medium, he never looked back, producing works of exceptional quality.
Although he kept his studio closed to the public, by 1973, he had more than 30 employees. Burgues’ works spanned a wide range of subject matters, from wildlife to more whimsical subjects such as clowns and jugglers. His works are featured in many museums around the world.