history - the results
between 2003 and 2008, natchez clay developed into a nationally recognized teaching studio that taught classes, hosted workshops and provided studio space for clay artists. natchez clay attracted a variety of exceptional clay artists to teach workshops including steven hill, tom coleman, jed schlegel, nick joerling, alice chittenden and louise harter.
natchez clay provided space and training for early career artists through the artist-in-residence position. each of the past residents of natchez clay have developed into accomplished artists and continue to influence others in the positions they currently hold.
natchez clay was active in the community. the most notable is the creation of an empty bowls event in natchez to benefit the local stewpot which faithfully serves those in need of food. natchez clay's empty bowls benefit sold out each year and raised significant funds for the stewpot.
the first five years of natchez clay impacted the local community, the regional community and the nation. it was a catalyst for the development of a larger arts community in natchez. in june 2008, after nearly five years of operating natchez clay, conner sold natchez clay. conner continues to teach classes and workshops at natchez clay.