Colonial Ceramics Symposium Nov. 10-12 in Natchez

A ceramics symposium organized by MDAH will examine French, Spanish, English, African American, and Native American pottery and the ways in which these traditions have influenced one another. “Colonial and Post-Colonial Ceramics of the Mississippi Delta” will be held Nov. 10-12 at the historic Eola Hotel in downtown Natchez. Presentations will address historic Indian ceramic traditions, research in France, and ceramics from southern slave houses, among other topics. All events associated with the conference are free and open to the public.

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, and be followed by a reception at Elms Court from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday’s presentations are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day. A driving tour of archaeological sites in the Natchez area departs at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Sites include the Grand Village, Fort Rosalie, Emerald Mound, Mount Locust, and Spanish sites in Vidalia, Louisiana.

During the conference participating artisans will display their works, including reproduction ceramics in the styles of Native American, French, English, and Spanish. Original and reproduction works will also be for sale.

The symposium is made possible with support from the Lower Mississippi Delta Region Initiative of the National Park Service, with assistance from Cane River Creole National Historical Park and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Other sponsors include the Natchez National Historical Park, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Southeast Archeological Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, University College London, University of Houston, and the Williamson Museum at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

This symposium is a follow-up to a 2002 conference held at the Tunica-Biloxi tribal headquarters in Marksville, Louisiana. The proceedings of that meeting, “French Colonial Pottery: An International Conference” edited by George Avery, were published in 2007 and are available for purchase at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians museum shop.

For more information call Jim Barnett 601-446-6502 or email

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