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BURNS, PATRICIA
BURNS, PATRICIA
OREGON
I’ve always had an affinity for porcelain. I’m intrigued
with its clarity and the way light is drawn to and
through it. I soda-fire to add warmth and an element
of serendipity to what can be a formal medium.

Every time I choose a particular pot from my cupboard I think of the potter who made it. They each have a story to tell. The potter who made one of my favorite porcelain cups died recently. When I use this cup I remember her elegant way of being in the world.

On my windowsill sits a mysterious paper-thin bowl
I’m trying to get to know. It has uneven blue lines
coursing through it, and patches of yellow and grey
glaze. The bowl was hand built by a French potter
I’ve never met. Nevertheless, she and I are having an intriguing conversation. This human connection is what drew me to pots, and keeps me engaged with making them after three decades.

EDUCATION
1970-72
Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota
1972-74
Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
B.S Ceramics and English

WORK EXPERIENCE & APPRENTICESHIPS
Ceramic Apprenticeship Program of Berea College
Apprenticeship with Bryan Newman, Aller, England
Apprenticeship with Vaughn Stewart, St. Thomas, Ontario 1974-75
Worked with Jeff Oestreich 1975-76
Graduate Assistant, Berea College Ceramics Dept. 1976-78
Established a studio pottery in Portland, Oregon with Andrew Balmer in 1978

EXHIBITIONS
2011
Functional Ceramics Exhibition, Wooser, Ohio
2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2003, 1998
St. Croix Valley Potter’s Tour, Minnesota
2007
Group Sale Red Lodge Gallery, Montana
1984
Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellevue, Washington
1983
Invitational Show, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, Oregon
1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978
Group Sale, Oestreich Pottery
1983, 1981
Group Show, Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, Oregon
1982
One-Man Show, Multnomah Art Center, Portland, Oregon
1982, 1980
One-Man Show, Valley Art Association, Forest Grove, Oregon
1981, 1980
Artquake, Portland, Oregon
1976
Group Show, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky