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I grew up in a small town in central Minnesota surrounded by pastures and lakes.  I found my way to clay at Berea College in Kentucky and found my inspiration in the pots being made in Minnesota and England.  I worked in potteries in England, Canada and Minnesota before setting up a studio in Portland, Oregon with Andy Balmer.  

I work primarily in porcelain and it has always been my aim to make sturdy as opposed to paper-thin porcelain. I’ve been playing around with simple lines that are inlaid with a colored slip. I love the process of carving the lines, brushing in the slip and scraping away the residue to produce a clean line.  It requires a meditative concentration that I find soothing.  I soda-fire the porcelain to add an unpredictable element to the work.


Pat Burns    
11131 SW Lancaster Rd 
Portland OR    97219
(503) 246-6296

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