Conner Burns is a studio artist in Natchez, Mississippi.
Conner was exposed to a variety of visual and performing arts during his childhood. It was not the museums
that he visited during his youth, but the art that filled his home which produced his feeling that art is part
of life rather than simply entertainment. One of the more obvious influences was the handmade pottery that
he grew up seeing and using.
Although his father made pottery when he was a child, Conner showed little interest in clay. His interest
surfaced in his mid-twenties. After a number of years of fitting clay around his job in the Health and
Wellness field, Conner took a year off and spent the time working with clay.
One year turned to two as Conner spent the time as the Artist-in-Residence for Steven Hill at Red Star Studios
in Kansas City, Missouri. After completing two years at Red Star, Conner returned to his hometown and
established his studio, gallery and clay teaching studio. The gallery focuses on Conner's work but also
regularly represents some of the best artist's working today in the United States. Conner opened Natchez Clay in 2003
and helped create a community of clay artists in Natchez. After 5 years of splitting his time between his own artwork
and the administration of Natchez Clay, he sold Natchez Clay to two of his students. Conner continues to teach classes
and workshops at Natchez Clay and at universities and art centers throughout the United States and Canada.
Currently, Conner focuses his attention on creating work for fine galleries and museums and teaching workshops to clay artists throughout North America.
Rich subtleties and organic influences are important in his work. Conner's intention is for his work to
look as if it grew that way - rather than being 'made'. Texture, both visual and tactile, are components
that are used to encourage the user to take a closer look - to reach out and touch.