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We're throwing a garden party . . .
Josette Steele shows off her luminaria
Resident artist Josette Steele
with a luminaria for the garden party
. . . and you're invited!

Just in time for the planting season, we're filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Our resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces, from bird houses to planters, to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. Let's get growing!

Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm

This show will continue throughout the month of May.
What can you make with clay?
Student making clay sheep
Find out in one of our spring classes in wheel throwing or hand building with clay. We've also scheduled a special summer class for the kids and, of course, our popular monthly Try It Once on the Wheel classes.
Classes starting this month

There's still time to enroll in our upcoming classes. Register today to reserve your place.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Apr 16-May 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, Kevan O. Wilson
  • Thurs, Apr 19-May 24, 12:30- 2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Apr 19-May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kay Yourist

Advanced/Intermediate Independent Study
  • Tue, May 1-Jul 31, 6:30-9:00 pm, Kay Yourist

Coffee and Clay
  • Sat, Apr 28-Jun 2, 9:30-11:30 am, Nancy Bulkley

Give the wheel a try

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Apr 14, 1:00-2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, May 12, 1:00-2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley

Introduce the kids to clay

Kids' Clay Mornings
  • Mon-Fri, Jun 18-22, 9:30 AM - 11:30 am, Nancy Bulkley

Our only summer class for children is limited to 10 lucky participants, so avoid disappointment and enroll your kids ages 7-10 now.

At the studio
We need to free up our bisque shelves
If you have bisque pieces from February remaining on our shelves, please come glaze them for firing or collect them and take them home by April 3 . We'll clear March bisque ware from our shelves on May 1 .
Ready, load, fire
Here's the tentative schedule for our next gas kiln firing:

Loading : Tuesday, April 24
Firing : Thursday, April 26
Unloading : Sunday, April 29

Remember, our gas kiln firing dates are based on the availability of enough works to fill the kiln, so start glazing now.
Tool time: do it all with the Do-All Trim Tool
By special request, learn the fun things you can do with the versatile Do-All Trim Tool from Michael Sherrill. Stop by the studio on Sunday, April 22, at 4:30 pm , for this free presentation by Kay. No registration is necessary. Just join us at demo time.
Now you've seen everything
Click on the photo to view our very special video for the April issue. You won't want to miss this compelling throwing demonstration by three of the world's greatest clay artists . N'yuk, n'yuk.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I'd like to master coil building, but so far it seems to be mastering me. How can I get the upper hand?

A . In this video from Ceramic Arts Network, potter Neil Patterson explains that coiling is a "slow and contemplative building technique," for which you should "give yourself some time and patience." Watch as Neil creates a sizeable shaped pot from coils.

By the way, coils don't have to be round. You might find it easier to work with another shape. ICYMI, Ceramic Arts Network Daily recently posted the article Tips for Forming the Best Ceramic Coils , which gives advice on making flat and triangular coils.
Ceramics events calendar
Piece by Susanne Stephenson
Susanne Stephenson's
"Turquoise Crevasse 05"
Pewabic Transfigurement exhibition

Butter. April 6–August 25, 2019. Third Biennial National Juried Exhibition presented by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design. Museum on Main Street. More . . .

Dining In Dining Out. April 13-15. International Museum of Dinnerware Design. Stone Chalet. More . . .

Susanne Stephenson: Transfigurement . Now-May 13. Pewabic . More . . .

Group Ceramics Show, WCC Faculty, Staff, and Students . Now-June 10. Gifts of Art Gallery. Taubman Health Center. More . . .

FUNction . Now-May 10. Janice Charach Gallery. Darcy Bowden, Nancy Bulkley, Stephen Kerr, and Kay Yourist are among the 50 artists whose work has been chosen for this exhibition of ceramics and furniture. More . . .

Masters of Ceramics: From Functional to Sculpture . Now-April 8. Midland Center for the Arts Museum. More . . .

Workshops and speakers

The Business of Being an Artist Speaker Series: Protecting Your Work as an Artist. April 18, 6:00-8:00 pm. Great Lakes Regional Training Center, Washtenaw Community College. More . . .
Resources for potters
Porcelain pot too dry to trim?
The best porcelain pot you've made so far got too dry to trim because "things happen." Don't panic. Your pot can be saved. Here's the simple method John Britt uses to handle the situation.
Gently used kiln seeks good home
Kiln for sale
Vital statistics

  • Olympic 2531E oval electric kiln purchased in 2009. Fired maybe 15 times, the last time in 2012. Never been used for glazing, so the inside is pretty immaculate.
  • Computer controlled, comes with a box of kiln posts, 15 or 18 kiln shelves, and breakers and a power cord for wiring to a circuit box.
  • Includes an extension ring, giving the option of making the depth of the kiln 8 inches deeper.
  • Original instruction booklet.
  • Price: $1,000.

Owner says this kiln always fired perfectly but warns that being unused for so long might have had an effect on the elements. There are a few chipped bricks that occurred in moving the kiln, but the damage is very minor and entirely cosmetic.

To purchase

If you are interested, send an email to the seller . Purchaser will need to bring a friend to help dismantle and move the kiln. It comes apart in rings that are light enough, but it's too large and unwieldy for a single person to handle. Purchaser will also need an open pickup truck or a trailer.
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

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  • Pottery tools for sale
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