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209 franklin street

natchez, ms 39120

(601) 446-6334

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“conner old friends, new work

river oaks arts center

alexandria, la

june 3 - july 10, 2016




an exhibition of the artwork of conner burns and elizabeth cohen. these two met many years ago at a workshop were they appreciated each others artwork and visual aesthetic sense. over the years they have talked about art and have always wanted to exhibit together. they are now exhibiting together. their influences are similar but their artwork has taken different paths. come see the new art of old friends. conner will introduce his new series - monuments of the mind and possibly even something else unexpected.




river oaks arts center



conner burns - vase at morlan gallery“ style= midwest mentors

bracker’s good earth clay

lawrence, kansas

january 26 - march 26 2016




an exhibition an exhibition of artwork from artists that have taught workshops at Bracker’s Good Earth Clays. An amazing and diverse selection of artwork.  exhibition location is - Bracker's Good Earth Clays, Inc.1831 E 1450 Rd, Lawrence, Kansas 66044




bracker’s



conner burns - vase at morlan gallery“ style= generations: a legacy of mentorship

323 clay

independence, missiouri

march 15 - 19 2016




an exhibition of Steven Hill and the artists that he has mentored over his career.  exhibition is in Kansas City at - 1729 McGee St, Kansas City, MO.




323 clay



conner burns - at red star“ style= red star studios alumni exhibition

red star studios

kansas city, missiouri

march 14 - 19 2016




an exhibition of artwork from past residents of Red Star Studios (since 1998).  A great way to see the diversity of work that comes out of Red Star Studios, to catch up with past residents and to see the new artwork.  exhibition address is - 2011 tracy avenue, kansas city, mo




red star studios




the natchez project hosted by conner burns with aubrey bolan, kimberly brannon and amy glisan invited event and exhibition

natchez project

conner burns studio

natchez, mississippi



a project that gathers artists together and helps encourage creativity. 3 artists are invited to spend a week together at the studio of conner burns. at the end of the week an exhibition is held in the gallery of conner burns.


conner burns - river oaks“ style= tableware show

guess who’s coming for dinner?

river oaks arts center

alexandria, louisiana

october 6-25, 2015




an exhibition of the artwork of a small number of clay artists in a table setting. each artist will have a table completely set (as for dinner) with plates, bowls, drinking vessels etc. be sure to visit to see a variety of responses to tableware.




river oaks arts center



conner burns “ style= rosenzweig arts center

conner burns and chung-fan chang

columbus, mississippi

july 6-31, 2015




an exhibit of the artwork of conner burns and chung-fan chang. events and gallery talks will be announced soon.




columbus arts council



conner burns - vase at morlan gallery“ style= functional clay: works that contain

morlan gallery

transylvania university

lexington, kentucky

december 12, 2015




“Functional” is an exhibition of nationally recognized ceramic artists who earn their livings by creating vessels for everyday use and pleasure. The works contain the “things of life” and are an exploration of form, surface, and the space within. Curated by Michael Frasca.




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conner burns - mug“ style= dirty south mug show

apr 7 - may 23, 2015

river oaks arts center

alexandria, louisiana




river oaks arts center is hosting a pottery week. two different exhibitions of mugs and a workshop by tom coleman. the mug competition is a variety of mugs from across the united states that were selected to exhibit. the invitational mug exhibition is a group of mugs invited to exhibit by tom coleman, randy brodnax and conner burns. tom coleman will also teach a workshop. visit this amazing art center and you are certain to return.




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conner burns - refining a vase“ style= workshop series 2015

conner burns studio

natchez, mississippi



workshops taught by conner burns in his personal studio. these workshops are limited participation workshops on a variety of topics including making particular forms, glazing, mixing glazes and the creative process. for additional information - visit the link.



more about workshops



art of the cup at the ogden museum by conner burns workshop

altering wheel-thrown forms

ohr-o'keefe museum of art

biloxi, mississippi

sept 12-13, 2014



wheel throwing and altering in various manners in order to create more organic forms. wheel thrown vessels, slab components and more will be combined to form complete vessels. conner will demonstrate and discuss his processes. he will answer questions and will also show slides of his influences.



ohr-o'keefe museum of art
386 beach blvd
biloxi, ms 39530


www.georgeohr.org




artwork - oasis, disc series at the mississippi arts commission exhibit titled — artist roster show - conner burns artist roster show

july 20 - aug 31, 2014 …

mississippi arts commission

jackson, mississippi

the mississippi arts commission is hosting and exhibition of artists on the mississippi artist roster.

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artwork - aged, disc series at the peyton exhibit - conner burns contemporary clay 2014

may 16 - june 21, 2014

western colorado center for the arts

grand junction, colorado

conner’s artwork titled - aged - was selected by juror jim romberg for the exhibition at the western colorado center for the arts -

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artwork - smooth bead, disc series at the peyton exhibit - conner burns
tom peyton memorial

march 28 - april 6, 2014

alexandria, louisiana

conner’s artworks will be exhibited in the tom peyton memorial; showcasing exceptional art since 1967.

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conner burns interviewed by larry morrisey for the mississippi arts hour on NPR and MPB with the mississippi arts commission mississippi arts hour

interview with conner burns

NPR / MPB

december 1, 2013


conner burns is interviewed by larry morrisey for the mississippi arts hour on NPR / MPB radio. recorded in conner's studio, it airs december 1, 2013. it is available via podcast (itunes) or online. for additional information or to listen click here.




conner burns annual art event and open house in natchez, mississippi at his studio - promotional poster - burns invitational - curated by conner burns annual art event

conner burns studio and gallery

downtown natchez

november 30, 2013


saturday, 1-7pm

special guest artists: burns invitational artists - annette burns, tg mccary, loraine griffin, sarah teasley, elizabeth cohen and shirley byrne




disc series 2012 by conner burns in woodville exhibition

burns invitational

conner burns gallery

natchez, mississippi

nov 30 - dec 30, 2013



the burns invitational travels from the mississippi craft center to conner burns studio and gallery. seven artists - one show...



promo poster for burns invitational at mississippi craft center curated by conner burns exhibition

burns invitational

mississippi craft center

ridgeland, mississippi

november 4 - 26, 2013



an exhibition of conner burns, 7 selected artists at the mississippi craft center. a diverse array of artwork from these artists. curated by conner burns.



9 patch quilt collaboration by annette burns and conner burns - clay, firmer and aluminum exhibition

burns invitational

conner and annette collaborate

natchez, mississippi



conner burns and his mother (annette burns) will collaborate on a project for the upcoming show - the burns invitational. the collaboration will be a 'quilt' - of fiber, clay and aluminum.



ash tumbler at charlie cummings gallery by conner burns exhibition

cup: the intimate object IX

charlie cummings gallery

gainesville, florida

oct 5 - nov 2, 2013



an exhibition featuring the cups of 100 select artists. the exhibition is online with images of all the artwork. all artwork represents the cup form.



large pod form at alexandria museum of art by conner burns exhibition

september competition

alexandria museum of art

alexandria, louisiana

sept 6 - nov 23, 2013



the 26th annual september competition exhibition includes artists from across the nation selected by this years juror - stewart nachmias - a visual artist based in new york city. visit the museum during the opening and hear mr nachmias discuss his selections and hear the juror's awards announced as well as see amazing art in a exceptional setting.

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art of the cup at the ogden museum by conner burns exhibition

art of the cup:
functional comfort

ogden museum
of southern art

new orleans, louisiana

sept 6 - dec 15, 2013



an exhibition featuring the artwork of a variety of artists representing the cup form. the cup holds many forms and you will see a great variety at the exhibition.

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red star studios logo - exhibition - past resident show - reunion exhibition

reunion

red star studios

kansas city, missiouri

aug 3 - sept 27, 2013



an exhibition celebrating 15 years of operation by inviting the past residents to exhibit. a great opportunity to show the breadth of artwork of past residents. conner was the first resident for red star - arriving in january 1999.

presentation and demonstration by conner burns presentation

creating a vessel

simsboro baptist church

simsboro, louisiana

may 5, 2013



a demonstration and presentation regarding the pottery wheel and its biblical connections...




spinning earth nceca gallery expo -  conner burns at nceca exhibition

nceca 2013

spinning earth gallery

houston, texas

march 19-22, 2013



an exhibition at the national conference including the artwork of - conner burns, danny meisenger, cathy broski and susan filley.

nceca 2013 - gallery expo
houston convention center
houston, texas


http://www.spinningearthpottery.net





small bowl with dark rim - conner burns empty bowls benefit 2013

for the natchez stewpot



the natchez stewpot faithfully serves those that are in need. empty bowls is a project to help raise money and awareness for the stewpot. empty bowls was a great success. local clay artists (with help from clay artists throughout the region) raised over $11,000 for the local stewpot. although the weather was questionable, everyone came out and made this event a success another year.





i am a craftsman - 40 at 40 book, celebrating 40 years of the craftsmen's guild of mississippi with 40 exceptional mississippi craftsmen publication

i am a craftsman: 40 at 40

published by university press



conner is included in a book - i am a craftsman: 40 at 40 - celebrating the 40th anniversary of the craftsmen's guild of mississippi with 40 of its exhibiting members. the book was released on october 18, 2012 at a large gathering at the mississippi craft center with introductions from our current executive director, the governor and a presentation of the craftsmen by our past executive direction (julia daily). the 40 were led into the room by a new orleans brass band - this was the first that anyone was able to see those included in the book.





three artist demonstration at the mississippi craft center with conner burns, margaret barber and byron myrick demonstration

mississippi craft center

ridgeland, mississippi



conner will demonstrate at the mississippi craft center with margaret barber and byron myrick. this three artist demo is free to the public and will be hosted by the mississippi craft center.







pod series detail by conner burns exhibition

jan katz gallery

woodville, mississippi



conner will show artwork at the jan katz gallery in woodville. the opening corresponds with the art under the oaks festival.



new works - pod series by conner burns exhibition and workshop

river oaks arts center

alexandria, louisiana



conner returns to river oaks and introduces his new sculptural forms at this exhibition and teaches a workshop the two days before the opening.

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 conner burns making a vessel juror

renaissance art festival

madison, mississippi



conner will be one of three jurors for the 2012 ren art festival hosted by chris porter.

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the natchez project hosted by conner burns with billy ray mangham, lynn smiler bowers and steve hasslock invited event

natchez project

natchez, mississippi



a project that gathers artists together and helps encourage creativity.



talk and demonstration at garden club in natchez  by conner burns presentation

natchez coffee - garden club

natchez, mississippi



conner presents his process and inspirations.







exhibition at ogden museum of southern craft and design by conner burns exhibition

ogden museum

new orleans, louisiana



conner exhibits his artwork at the ogden museum with a select group of mississippi clay artists for the exhibit mississippi mud … as well as an exhibit in the annual cup show - art of the cup, southern comfort.







exhibition at mississippi craft center by conner burns exhibition

mississippi craft center

madison, mississippi



conner exhibits his artwork at the mississippi craft center.







exhibition at hinds gallery exhibition and presentation

hinds gallery

mississippi



conner presents a variety of his artwork at hinds and gives a demonstration to the ceramics students.

       





conner burns at parkway presentation

biblical references

parkway baptist church

natchez, mississippi



a presentation of conner throwing on the wheel and providing insight into biblical references as he creates a pitcher. to see the entire presentation, click the link below - conner's presentation starts at minute 25 and is about 35 minutes in length.

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artwork by conner burns at la mesa tampa nceca 2012 exhibition

nceca la mesa

santa fe clay

tampa, florida



an exhibition at the national clay conference with multiple artists all contributing dinnerware to this exhibit.

       





artwork by conner burns at tampa nceca 2012 exhibition

nceca

dolphin song gallery

tampa, florida



an exhibition at the national clay conference with artists conner burns, danny meisenger, cathy broski and jed schlegel.

       





margaret watts, conner burns and stephanie punches at the mississippi museum of art exhibition

natchez day

mississippi museum of art

jackson, mississippi



a day where the mississippi museum of art focuses on the natchez contribution. a wonderful day of music and art.

       





exhibition poster exhibition

the natchez project exhibition

conner burns gallery

natchez, mississippi



an exhibition of the artwork of natchez project fellowship recipients at the gallery of conner burns. the artists will be present at this ONE-DAY exhibition. we are pleased to offer the opportunity to see the artwork, talk with the artists and take home artwork from these exceptional artists. in addition to the completed artwork in the gallery, artwork in process in the studio will be on display.

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conner burns at first baptist of pineville presentation

first baptist church

pineville, louisiana



conner discusses the biblical reference to pottery and the relationship between those references and daily life.

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conner burns on cover of bluffs and bayous bluffs & bayous cover

september issue



bluffs & bayous, a regional publication of news and events along the mississippi river, has used an image of conner burns on the cover of the september issue. the september issue focuses on art and art events. bluffs & bayous is a free publication that can be found in many businesses in the region, or by visiting the bluffs & bayous website.

nj mug - conner burns la mesa

santa fe clay at nceca



an annual invitational dinnerware exhibition at the national clay conference (nceca) in philadelphia.

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mark chatterley working in his studio natchez project 2010

announces fellowship artists



the 2010 natchez project fellowship is a project that gathers a small number of artists together in one studio and then provides time and space for artists to create. 2010 fellowship recipients are: mark chatterley, scott bennet and steven hill.

the natchez project fellowship artists will converge at the studio of conner burns on january 10th for a week of making artwork. on january 16th from 7-9pm at the gallery of conner burns the natchez project fellowship recipients will have an exhibition of their artwork and a peak into the creative process of the week.

the natchez project was created by conner burns to provide an environment in which a small number of artists could converge at his studio and be free of distractions to experiment and explore their own artwork as well as enjoy the company and learn from other exceptional clay artists. for additional information, click the link below.


natchez project 2010        

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nj mug - conner burns art of the cup: functional comfort

ogden museum of southern art



conner was one of the artists invited to send work to the 'art of the cup: functional comfort' exhibit at the museum. jan katz curated the event which includes work from a variety of exceptional artists.

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image - bowls and hammer article published in ceramics monthly



the international ceramics journal - ceramics monthly - published an article by conner burns in the november issue. the article titled 'bowls under the table' is a glimpse into an interaction in the studio of conner burns.

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clay sandwich event conner exhibits in

clay sandwich at center street clay



clay sandwich is the first annual fall artwork extravaganza at center street clay. steven hill and kim minor have invited a diverse group of artists to participate in this event including - doug jeppesen, bede clarke, simon levin, cory mccrory, sarah mizanin, lindsey heiden, and richard boehnke.



vase by conner burns presentation - biblical references

grace united methodist church



conner burns will bring his pottery wheel to grace united methodist church and demonstrate the process of making pottery while discussing biblical references.


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conner burns - working on a bottle fellow

craftsmen's guild of mississippi



conner burns becomes a fellow in the craftsman's guild of mississippi.

fellow status is an honor and means that conner burns will not longer be required to submit work every three years for acceptance to continue membership in the guild, but has been granted life membership status in the craftsmen's guild of mississippi.

upon receiving the award, conner expressed - "I am grateful for this honor by the Craftmen's Guild of Mississippi and I appreciate the work that the Guild performs in the state of Mississippi and across the nation."




river oaks exhibition

and louisiana college workshop



conner burns will exhibit his work in an individual exhibition at river oaks arts center in alexandria, louisiana.

conner will also teach a workshop at louisiana college in pineville, louisiana.

both the exhibition and the workshop are open to the public.


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natchez project

announces 2009 fellowships



conner burns has announced the fellowship recipients for the natchez project 2009. cathy broski and danny meisinger have each been awarded a natchez project fellowship and will converge at the studio of conner burns on january 4th for a week of making artwork. on january 10th from 7-9pm at the gallery of conner burns the natchez project fellowship recipients will have an exhibition of their artwork and will give a brief gallery talk.

the natchez project was created by conner burns to provide an environment in which a small number of artists could converge at his studio and be free of distractions to experiment and explore their own artwork as well as enjoy the company and learn from other exceptional clay artists. for additional information, click the link below.

the natchez project 2009        

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conner burns sells natchez clay

natchez clay moves to new location



conner burns created and operated natchez clay for 5 years. in that time natchez clay has had an amazing impact on the local, regional and national clay community as well as acting as a catalyst for the local artist community of natchez and the region. in june 2008, conner burns sold the teaching studio called natchez clay to local potter's donna jones and jaque stahlmann. natchez clay has a new location at 101 clifton avenue in natchez (just blocks away) and conner's gallery and personal studio will remain at the current location of 209 franklin street. conner will continue to be a part of the natchez clay community including teaching classes and workshops at natchez clay. this change will help natchez clay move to the next phase as it continues to develop and support a creative clay community that serves our local, regional and national populations.

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natchez clay website        

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conversations with an artist

craftsmen's guild of mississippi



conner burns was selected to speak about his art and the art process at the ceramics focus exhibit at the craftsmen's guild of mississippi facility - the mississippi craft center.



geil promotion 2008

geil kiln company



conner burns had his image of a tall lobed lidded vessel included on the limited edition 2008 geil promotional poster. the promotional poster for 2008 was introduced at the national council on eduction in the ceramic arts (nceca) national conference in pittsburg in march. the poster included images from selected artists that fire in a geil kiln. tom coleman designed the 2008 poster. conner burns, tom coleman and paul geil were available at the conference to answer questions and sign the limited edition poster for nceca participants.

geil website        




promotional photo

nurse practitioner conference



the nurse practitioner conference held in natchez in may 2008 selected an image of conner burns working in his studio to use on the registration brochure. this image was one of three used to represent the community of natchez. in addition to the image, conner was invited to be a part of the conference during the reception where his work was on display.






3rd annual UAM cup show

university of arkansas - monticello



conner burns curated the 3rd annual national cup show at the university of arkansas at monticello. over 150 images of cups were submitted and had to be reduced to 40. there entries were of exceptional quality. conner regrets that he could not include more than 40 cups in the show. the competition was of great quality.

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2007 fellowship award

mississippi arts commmission



conner burns was awarded the 2007 fellowship and grant from the mississippi arts commission. this award is given annually to an individual artist that creates work of exceptional quality.

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conner burns speaks

on art and business


conner burns speaks at local kiwanis meeting on the economic impact of art and craft in the united states. he speaks of national impact, state of mississippi impact, natchez impact and also discusses the impact on individuals.

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conner listed on artist roster

of mississippi arts commission



conner burns is listed on the artist roster of the mississippi artist commission recognizing his artist ability and contribution not only to the arts but to arts education. the artist roster provides a location for facilities seeking artists to easily locate artists that are endorsed by the mississippi arts commission. facilities hiring artists on the artist roster can apply for grants from the mississippi arts commission specifically to pay the teaching fees of these artists.

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burns pottery becomes natchez clay



burns pottery is changing to natchez clay. founded by conner burns, natchez clay is a community of clay artists that hosts weekly classes, weekend and week-long workshops and has studio space for clay artists. the name change helps to accurately reflect and clarify the difference between the studio of conner burns and the community of clay artists - natchez clay.

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2007 fellowship award

mary anderson center



conner burns was awarded the first ceramic fellowship award at the mary anderson center - an artist colony at mount st francis indiana.



installation

mississippi craft center



conner burns was selected to install a panel of artwork in clay in the new home of the craftsmen's guild of mississippi - the mississippi craft center. the installation can be seen in the entry foyer of the mississippi craft center.

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kids clay camp

educates young artists



once a year the studio transforms and hosts a kids clay camp during the last week of july. two sessions of 16 students come daily for a week to the studio where three teachers guide them through the ceramic process.

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empty bowls benefit raises $11,700



burns pottery holds empty bowls benefit to raise money for local stewpot which faithfully serves food to those in need. burns pottery raises $11,700 for the stewpot. local artists donate bowls, burns pottery donates kiln space and glazes for firing and a great friend of the stewpot makes great gumbo. only about 270 tickets were sold (sold out two weeks prior to the event) for $25 each - which gave ticketholders the choice of a handmade bowl, allowed them to fill it with great gumbo and either eat on the courtyard at burns pottery or take it to go. the bowl is belongs to them - to remind them that there are those in our community with empty bowls and that the stewpot strives to fill those bowls. 100% of ticket sales goes to the stewpot. this event occurs in february of even odd years. (2005, 2007 etc)...

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best of mississippi

mississippi tourism association



conner burns studio and gallery was added to the BEST OF MISSISSIPPI list in 2005 by the mississippi tourism association. as the name implies the list is a compilation of the best mississippi has to offer. the list helps both mississippians as well as visitors locate exceptional mississippi events and sites.




burns pottery opens

holds first event for future artists



burns pottery, a studio that teaches classes from beginners to professionals, hosts workshops, rents studio space to clay artists and houses a gallery.

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conner burns returns to hometown

of natchez in 2001


conner burns returns to his hometown if natchez, mississippi and sets up his studio.

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burns pottery © 2006