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The studio is abuzz with preparations for our 2017 Holiday Show and Sale, which begins with our festive Preview Reception on Friday, December 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. * Please join us during the weekend of December 8-10 to view our selection of superlative pottery made here by 20 of our talented Resident Artists and selected students. As you browse, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and lots of fun and good cheer. We also have a special holiday treat in store for you. So don't miss our lively annual event!

Participating artists
This year we are pleased to offer fine works by Darcy Bowden, Nancy Bulkley, Marilyn Edington, Rose E. Gomez, Stephen Kerr, Jessica Krivan, Mike Krivan, Oksana Linda, Deborah Renner, Jesse Richards, Cara Rosaen, Josette Steele, Olga Stowers, David Timm, Marilyn Tripp, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Steve Warrington, Kevan Wilson, Brian Xiao, and Kay Yourist.

Special holiday treat
Have you ever seen anyone throw a pot with their toes? Be at our Holiday Show and Sale on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 pm to watch Yourist artist and teacher Nancy Bulkley perform this feat.

Winter Art Tour
Yourist Studio Gallery is sponsoring host to the Winter Art Tour, which features more than 300 artists at 10 shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Tour Passports are available at every participating show. Make Yourist Studio Gallery your first stop on the Tour, pick up a Passport, and get your first Tour stamp. Then visit at least three more Tour shows, stamp your Passport at each one, and enter to win one of 10 prizes made by local artists. You'll find full details on the Tour web site.

The gift of choice
Delight the art lovers in your life. Give them the gift of choice with a Yourist Studio Gallery gift certificate for ceramic art or pottery classes.

* Note: In our Winter Art Tour mailing we gave the wrong date for our Preview Reception. The correct date is Friday, December 8. See you then!

Students glazing their pots
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The countdown has begun. Be sure to sign up for winter term 2018 classes by December 10, 2017 to receive our Early Bird Enrollment Discount of $10 off the tuition price. This discount applies to all introductory and advanced classes of six weeks and longer.  
Good news! We've just added a Sunday Introductory and Continuing Wheel to our winter class schedule. The Early Bird Enrollment Discount for this class is available through December 25, 2017.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, we have a class on our schedule that's just right for you:

Advanced and Intermediate Clay
Tuesdays, Jan 9 through Apr 10, 6:30-9:30 pm, with Alex Pratt
Early Bird Discount available through December 10. 

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
Wednesdays, Jan 10 through Apr 11, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through December 10. 

Coffee and Clay
Saturdays, Jan 13 through Feb 17, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley
Early Bird Discount available through December 10. 
Introductory and Continuing Wheel
Mondays, Jan 8 through Feb 12, 7:00-9:00 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson
Thursdays, Jan 11 through Feb 15, 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
Thursdays, Jan 11 through Feb 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through December 10. 

Note: These classes are designed for adult participation. Please call before registering students 13 and under.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
Sundays, Jan 28 through Mar 4, 1:30-3:30 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson
Early Bird Discount available through December 25. 

Note: This class is designed for adult participation. Please call before registering students 13 and under.

Try It Once on the Wheel 
Saturday, Jan 13, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

2017 Winter Art Tour: largest outside of Art Fair!

2017 Winter Art Tour prizes
Handmade works of art by 300+ local artists await you on the December 8-10 Winter Art Tour, the second largest show and sale of art in the area outside of the Art Fair. The Winter Art Tour spans 10 diverse shows across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

When you take the Tour, you'll experience the best handmade art the area has to offer. You'll also be treated to music, refreshments, creative activities, and artists' demonstrations at many of the shows.

Collect your Passport to the Winter Art Tour at any participating show or download it here. Then stamp your Passport at four or more shows to become eligible to win one of 10 prizes from local artists. Click the image at left for a close up look at the prizes.

Learn all about the Tour at the Winter Art Tour web site.

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Studio Gallery holiday schedule 
Here's wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful new year. The studio and gallery will be closed from Sunday, December 24, through Wednesday, January 3. We will reopen for regular hours on Thursday, January 4. 
Remember, the studio will be unavailable for doing any work with clay during the Yourist Studio Gallery Annual Holiday Show and Sale from December 8 through December 10. But you are cordially invited to join us at the show. 
Reminder to pick up your pots
Bisque ware or glazed pieces remaining on our shelves from November will be discarded on December 23. Please come and collect them now. 
Ready, load, fire: cone 10  
We've tentatively scheduled one more gas kiln firing this year after the Holiday Show and Sale, so glaze, glaze, glaze! H ere is the provisional schedule for the December firing:

Tuesday, December 12
Firing: Thursday, December 14
Unloading: Sunday, December 17

Be aware that this schedule could change. Be sure to check in with us from time to time on the current schedule.  
Tool time: off for the holidays       
Tool time has gone home to celebrate the holidays and will be back after the beginning of the new year. Check our February newsletter for the date and topic of the next tool time.

Got an idea for a demo you'd like to see Kay present? Let us know. We're interested in hearing from you.

Potter's pipeline
Potter's quick tip
How to keep lids from sticking to pots 
What can I do when glazing to make sure the lids don't stick to my lidded pots?
A. There's nothing more disappointing than getting a lidded pot out of a glaze firing only to discover that the lid has stuck immovably to the pot. Here are a couple of clever tips from potter Nancy Gallagher that will help you make sure this doesn't happen to you again.
Heads up: At the end of the video, Gallagher misspeaks when she says she adds alumina to her glaze. She adds it to her wax, as correctly shown in the caption.    
You can visit Gallagher's web site here.

Readers, if you have a burning pottery question for Kay, ask away . We'd like to know what you want to know.  

Events to know about 
Brief notices
Clay community digest
Pot by Maija Grotell 
Finland 100: 
The Cranbrook Connection
This exhibition examines the "profound influence" Finland "has had on the development of the arts in America." Of particular interest to potters are the works of Maija Grotell, former visiting artist and head of ceramics at Cranbrook.

Visitors to this exhibition will also see treasures by Eliel Saarinen, his wife Loja, and his children, Eero and Pipsan, as well as other Finnish artists associated with Cranbrook. Get more information about the exhibition here.          

Dates: Now-January 14, 2018
Cranbrook Art Museum
deSalle Gallery
39221 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
William Kidd pot Flint Institute of Arts exhibit 
The Art of Containment: Vessels From the Sidney Swidler Collection 
The Flint Institute of Arts is exhibiting more than 100 pieces of ceramics that architect and collector Sidney Swidler donated to the FIA this year from his sizeable collection. 
"The Swidler Collection of ceramics encompasses pieces by ceramicists working predominantly with the vessel form. Some consider the straightforward functionality of a bowl or pot while others consider the cultural or social implications of the vessel." The vessel at left is by ceramic artist William Kidd. See more of his astonishing pieces here. For details about the Swidler exhibition, visit the FIA.          

Dates: Now-March 31, 2018
Flint Institute of Arts
Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
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The Business of Being an Artist
This free speaker series, which "is intended specifically for creatives looking to build a sustainable business around their art," will resume on March 21, 2018. We'll provide more information when the next topic is announced.
So far this series has covered how to connect with customers, market your art, and price your art. 

March 21, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Great Lakes Regional Training Center, 
Room GL202
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Drive  
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Ann Arbor Potters Guild Sale 
The next Ann Arbor Potters Guild sale is set for Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The sale will be held in a large tent in front of the Guild space at 201 Hill Street, Ann Arbor.  
Visit the Guild web site here.

Dates: December 2-3,  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Potters Guild
201 Hill Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Yourist Studio Gallery Annual Holiday Show and Sale 
Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Sale 
Make the Yourist Studio Gallery Annual Holiday Show and Sale your first stop on the 2017 Winter Art Tour. The gala opening reception is on Friday, December 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. You're invited to join us, browse new works of ceramic art by our Studio Resident Artists and selected students, and enjoy good company, festive food and drink, and seasonal conviviality. Yourist Studio Gallery is pleased to be sponsoring host of the Winter Art Tour. 
Dates: Friday, December 8, 5:00-8:00 pm (Opening reception)
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Passport to the 2017 Winter Art Tour  
Take the Winter Art Tour on December 8-10 and shop handmade products from 300+ different artists and craftspeople at 10 venues around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, all at your own pace.
For an opportunity to win art pieces by local artists, pick up or print our the WAT Passport, visit four or more Tour stops, stamp your Passport at each stop, and then enter to win. It's that easy.  
You'll find photos and more information about the art prizes on the Tour web site, as well as a printable version of the Passport
Dates: December 8-10  
10 art shows in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor

Resources for potters
A new source for creative ideas in clay, plus a deal

ClayCraft Issue 1 Cover
Here's something to put on your holiday wish list, or to treat yourself to for the holidays. It's a brand new pottery magazine from the UK. ClayCraft was inspired by The Great Pottery Throwdown, a popular TV show that has sparked a renewed interest in ceramics in the UK.

ClayCraft's selling line is "Pinch, Coil, Slab and Throw," and the magazine does an outstanding job of covering all those bases. Each issue is packed with ceramics projects that are clearly explained and well illustrated with photographs. Some offer templates as well. There are also articles on surface decoration, glazing, tools and equipment, firing, making molds, and much more. And you'll meet practicing potters, visit pottery studios, and learn about pottery history. ClayCraft is a genuine treat for potters. No matter your skill level-from beginner to professional-you'll find useful information here.

Best of all, ClayCraft's publisher has kindly offered our newsletter readers a special subscription price, which is available here. (You'll know you're on the right page if the Order Delivered To line says North America.) Visit the ClayCraft web site to learn more about the magazine and see a sampling of past articles.
Stop, look, listen . . . and learn
Dry throwing a bowl

Ayumi Horie has been dry throwing bowls, dishes, and plates-with no water-for more than 20 years She explains that she likes using this technique, which she developed as an undergraduate at Alfred University, because it allows her "to preserve the inherent textures in clay that I love-the stretching, cracking, and sagging." Dry throwing also enables her to "work more spontaneously and intuitively because I don't have to wait for the clay to dry out quite so long."

Don't miss the hilarious shot of Horie's puzzled-looking dog in this 3-minute video.

Read more about Horie here and see a selection of her work here.

Share what you know

Do you know of resources or upcoming events of interest to the clay community? We invite you to pass the information along to us so we can feature it here.

Especially for the holidays
Mr. Rogers makes pottery
To celebrate the holidays, we're giving you not one but two delightful videos of Fred Rogers learning to make pottery.
In the first video, potter Dolly Naranjo, member of a famed family of artists from Santa Clara Pueblo, shows Mr. Rogers how to hand build. Read more about the Naranjo family and their artistic legacy here.
In the second video, potter Bill Strickland guides Mr. Rogers as he tries his hand at the wheel.
Strickland is founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, which began as an after-school arts program in inner-city Philadelphia. Discover Strickland's inspiring story here.

We hope you enjoy our holiday treats for you.

The trials of a young pottery teacher

Oops, where is The Great Pottery Throw Down? Unfortunately, Season 2 episodes on YouTube have been blocked on copyright grounds. We'll resume linking to them if and when they become available.

Meanwhile, we hope you'll enjoy this brief, charming video of Zalla, age 10, teaching her sister Zoey, age 5, how to throw on the wheel. Teaching pottery can be a tough job, especially when your student is your sister and she's only 5.

Yourist Studio Gallery | 1133 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 | www.youristpottery.com

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