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Clay Artist Opens Private Workspace for Holiday Open House

Posted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

NATCHEZ — Once a year since 1999, artist Natchez Conner Burns opens his private studio to the public and invites them to see what’s going on inside while creating his creations in clay.

This year, Conner Burns Holiday Open House will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 at his private studio at 209 Franklin St.

Burns gives tours of his studio and has artwork on display and available for purchase.

This annual arts event hosted by Burns since 1999 has drawn local and regional art lovers to Natchez for the weekend.

It’s a chance for them to see the artwork, the workspace, and the equipment used to create the artwork, and to buy the pieces they like.

Burns works with clay using natural materials and subtle forms in terms of color and texture. Organic fluidity is his intention – so each piece feels “grown that way” rather than made. Burns makes vessels – mugs, bowls, teapots, vases, etc. – as well as sculptural objects.

In addition to creating his artwork and operating his gallery, Burns teaches workshops across the country to professional and amateur artists.

Her work has been featured in books and received awards from galleries, art festivals, art associations and national clay organizations. Burns’ work has been widely exhibited and is part of collections across Europe, Asia and the United States.

More recently his work has been exhibited at the Meridian Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. One of his cups is currently on display in the Art of the Cup exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Art, as one of 24 different clay artists’ works on display.

In the invitational exhibition at the Meridian Museum of Art. His work – Tea for One – is one of 34 exhibited works from around the world.

The Conner Burns Gallery is located at 209 Franklin Street in downtown Natchez and is open by appointment. For more information, visit the gallery or

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