Mississippi School of Folk Arts is proud to now own and operate the former Natchez Clay, then Natchez Pottery, a creative community studio which has been providing a place for people to work with clay for over twenty years. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to continue this tradition when approached in December of 2019. Our Clay Center is a community clay studio with monthly memberships and both weekly classes and single and multi day workshops.
Pottery classes are held at our 101 Clifton Campus in our Clay Center. We have a fully equipped studio including eight community wheels, a large slab roller, a wall mounted extruder, numerous texture pads, templates, work tables and other helpful studio items. We fire electric oxidation kilns to mid-range (cone 5-6) and use Laguna Clay bodies for our work. Clay is available for purchase at $15 per bag which includes tax. We currently have over a dozen glaze formulas we provide for both classes and studio members. Glaze firing fees are competitive with other studios and we do our best to keep those low and reasonable. Pottery Studio members have 24/7 access to the studio and its equipment. Membership includes a storage shelf and access to the studio and equioment at any time other than when a workshop or class is in session. Membership is open to those who have either completed one of our six week beginner courses or to those who have prior clay experience. Please inquire about becoming a clay studio member.
A variety of ongoing classes for both adults and children, intensive workshops, work sessions for community projects like Empty Bowls which supports Natchez Stewpot, and more happen throughout the year in our pottery studios, we invite those interested contact us to learn more.
Are you interested in becoming a Clay Center member?
Clay Center members have 24/7/365 access to the studio and equipment. Members are provided a shelf for personal storage. A limited number of private studios are available for members wishing to have more space for working. MSFA provides a range of glazes mixed by the studio for use by members. Clay is available for purchase, members agree to only use clay bodies purchased or provided by MSFA.
To become a member, contact us. All members must complete an orientation session for full access to the clay center. Orientation sessions are scheduled for both individuals and small groups as needed.
Several different membership options are available for the Clay Center. All members agree to the studio guidelines (available upon request). All members are invited to join the Clay Center on Tuesday nights from 6:30 until for community working time. Members are asked to help make bowls for Empty Bowls, the biennial fundraiser coordinated by MSFA for The Natchez Stewpot, our local food service program for housebound needy members of our community.
Basic Membership: $80 per month, unlimited access.
Short Term Membership: $100 per month, for members who wish to join the studio for a short term, up to three months. Unlimited access.
Family Membership: $120 per month, unlimited access. For one adult and up to three children related to or in the custody of adult member. Children must be accompanied by adult member at all times. For details and more information on family membership, contact us.
Junior Membership: $40 per month, limited times for studio access. For teenagers who have taken clay classes and been recommended for membership.
Visitors: $25 per session with Clay Center member. Limited to three visits, after three visits, visitors will be asked to join the Clay Center. For details on bringing guests, members please contact us.
Drop-In Membership: $150 for four sessions. Sessions must be scheduled in advance.
Questions? Email us email@example.com or call 601-493-4242