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Our studio doors will be closed August 6 through September 4 as we get away for a refreshing summer break. While we're away, please email us with any questions that you may have.

Attention students: Please clear your shelves at the end of your class semester and take your clay if you want it, or leave it to be recycled.

Here's our calendar for the months of July, August, and early September:

July 20-23: Open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm during Art Fair. At other hours, call to find out if the studio is open.

July 29: Last fired works of summer can be picked from today until 6:00 pm on August 5.
August 1: Last day for students to glaze their work for firing.

August 5: Student work glazed by August 1 will be available for pickup until 6:00 pm today.

August 6: Studio and gallery will be closed until September 5. Note: The studio will be available for use by unlimited community studio members during the month of August (except on August 12-13). * To accommodate our studio residents we will extend your monthly membership by two days.
August 12-13: RnR Ceramics workshop with Kristen Swanson. Studio will be open to workshop participants only. Contact RnR for more information and to register.

*Advanced and intermediate students are eligible to purchase a monthly unlimited studio membership for August. You must purchase the membership by August 5. The term of the membership runs for 30 plus two days.

September 5: Studio and gallery reopen at 12 pm.

September 12: Fall term begins with Alex Pratt's class for advanced and intermediate students.

Sign up for fall classes now . . .

Yourist students pulling handles
. . . and save. Our full roster of fall classes is open for registration and eligible for our Early Bird Enrollment Discount. Keep in mind that you don't have to come to the studio to register. You can sign up online here anytime.

Yourist students pulling handles

No matter what your level of experience is, we have a class on our fall schedule that's certain to be right for you.

Coffee and Clay: Yes, you can make beautiful and useful ceramic vessels off the wheel. Let teacher Nancy Bulkley show you how in this 6-week Saturday morning hand building class for everyone from beginner to advanced student. Begins September 16. Early Bird Discount deadline: August 15.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel: A friendly 6-week introduction to wheel throwing with teachers Nancy Bulkley, Kevan O. Wilson, and Kay Yourist. Choose a Monday evening,Thursday afternoon, or Thursday evening class to get started on the wheel or develop your skills. Monday class begins on September 18, Thursday classes on September 14. Early Bird Discount deadline: August 15.

New! Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays: To give you more scheduling options, we've added a Sunday afternoon Introductory and Continuing Wheel class with Kevan O. Wilson. Class begins October 8. Early Bird Discount deadline: September 5.

Advanced and Intermediate Clay: This 14-week Tuesday evening class with master potter Alex Pratt will present fun and challenging skill building projects for both intermediate and advanced wheel throwers and hand builders. Class begins September 12. Enroll soon! Early Bird Discount deadline: July 12.
Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study: Are you a skilled wheel thrower or hand builder who's ready to work independently? Realize your own artistic vision in clay under the guidance of Kay Yourist in this 14-week Wednesday evening class. Class begins September 13. Early Bird Discount deadline: August 15.

Register today.

If July is here, can Art Fair be far behind?

Art Fair announcement

Kay Yourist
Ann Arbor Potters Guild 
Booth #A300
North University Street
Hill Auditorium Plaza

Ann Arbor Art Fair
Thursday, July 20-Sunday, July 23 

Get all the details about the 2017 Ann Arbor Art Fair here.
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Collect your June bisqueware now
If you have bisqueware remaining on the shelves from June, be sure to pick it up by July 31. To keep our shelves free for new work, we regularly discard unclaimed bisqueware at the end of the month following the month in which the bisqueware was fired. Be sure to collect your bisqueware promptly.

Ready, load, fire: cone 10  
There will be two gas kiln firings in July. Here is the tentative schedule for them:

Tuesday, July 11
Firing: Wednesday, July 12
Unloading: Friday, July 14

Loading: Sunday, July 16
Firing: Monday, July 17
Unloading: Wednesday, July 19

Be aware that this schedule could change depending on the amount of work that's ready for firing. 
Tool time is on vacation . . .   
. . . and will return tanned, rested, and ready to go in September.

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

Upcoming classes for fall term
Be an early bird and save when you enroll in fall term classes by the Early Bird Discount deadline date. Our schedule also includes monthly Try It Once on the Wheel classes. Sign up now.

Coffee and Clay

Saturdays, Sep 16 through Oct 21, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley.
Early Bird Discount available through August 15.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
Mondays, Sep 18 through Oct 23, 7:00-9:00 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson.
Thursdays, Sep 14 through Oct 19, 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley.
Thursdays, Sep 14 through Oct 19, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist.
: These classes are designed for adult participation. Please call before registering students 13 and under.
Early Bird Discount available through August 15.

New! Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays 
Sundays, Oct 8 through Nov 12, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson.
Early Bird Discount available through September 5.
Advanced and Intermediate Clay
Tuesday, Sep 12 through Dec 12, 7:00-9:30 pm, with Alex Pratt
Early Bird Discount available through July 12.

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
Wednesday, Sep 13 through Dec 13, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist.   
Early Bird Discount available through August 15.
Try It Once on the Wheel
Saturday, Sep 16, 1:00-2:30 pm with Nancy Bulkley.

Potter's pipeline
Potter's quick tip
Making low-tech molds

How can I make some quick, inexpensive clay slump/hump molds?
A. Watch this short video from Ceramic Arts Daily to see how potter Keri Radasch makes slump/hump molds using a plastic bucket, her "boom-boom" tool, and a pounce. You'll have dozens of new molds in no time.

Get a look at Keri Radasch's bright new graphic pots 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. John Glick reminisced here about his days as a student of Grotell.

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 Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
House by Olga Stowers 
Ceramic Houses
A beautiful collection of intricately detailed and carefully constructed houses by Olga Stowers is showcased in this exhibition. You may have marveled at some of Olga's houses as they were under construction here at the studio.

Although Olga, who was born in Siberia and raised in Moscow, has a degree in finance, she says that she has always been drawn to art. Olga took up ceramics a mere three years ago here in Ann Arbor. As shown in this collection, she especially enjoys making houses and buildings.

Dates: June 19-September 10, 2017
Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center
North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Sculpture by Thom Bohnert
The Shifting Circus:  Drawing & Sculpture by Thom Bohnert
Thom Bohnert, an award winning artist from Michigan, is showing drawings and sculptures that "range from lyrical to poetic, playing with tension and balance in a kind of whimsical theatrical arena." Bohnert's work is included in the collections of the Minneapolis Art Institute and Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Dates: June 19-September 10, 2017
Gifts of Art Gallery, University Hospital
Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Kristen Swanson to lead RnR workshop on August 12-13
This 2-day, hands-on workshop is tailored for intermediate to advanced ceramicists experienced on the pottery wheel. During the workshop participants will create several thrown pieces and have the opportunity to explore surface techniques using sgraffito and slip trailing.

Swanson says of her work that "I enjoy manipulating the elements of line, pattern and color to achieve a surface that is both controlled and spontaneous, graphic and soft." You can see a gallery of her pieces here.

To learn more about the workshop and to register, visit the RnR web site.

While the workshop is limited to registrants, this event offers something for everyone interested in ceramics. The public is invited to attend the reception, gallery sale, and artist's talk at trustArt Studios on Friday, August 11, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Dates: August 11
Artist Talk and Gallery Sale - Open to the public
6:30 to 9:00 pm
7885 Jackson Rd. (look for signs)
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 223-0760

August 12-13
Hands on Workshop - Open to registrants only
8:30 - 5:00 pm
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 223-0760

Stop, look, listen . . . and learn
Peek-a-boo clay layers

What happens when you layer clay of different colors and then carve through it? This 6-1/2 minute video featuring the carving of potter Sean Forest Roberts will show you. There's no narration, but the images clearly demonstrate what's going on. Roberts says he's "deeply fascinated by the underlying randomness in the patterns and structures of nature."

You can see more of Roberts's carving (and his colored slip layering) on his Instagram site and on his web site.

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.

Just for fun
The moment of truth has arrived!
Who will be declared the top potter in season one of The Great Pottery Throw Down ?

The four remaining potters get a final opportunity to make a case for themselves by whipping up a 12-piece porcelain tea set with a teapot, four cups, four saucers, a sugar bowl, milk pitcher, and cake stand, and do it all in four hours. Whew!

They must also conquer a spot challenge known as "The Devil's Work." Hmmm, that sounds intriguing.

Binge-watcher? Here are links to the earlier episodes:

Episode 1, Episode 2
, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5

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