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 create for over twenty years. We were thrilled with 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.