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New works in the gallery

We're regularly refreshing the gallery display with exciting new ceramic works by our Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists. Here are examples of the latest works by Darcy Bowden (center) and Kay Yourist (left and right). Be sure to stop by to see the full display of pieces now available. You're sure to find something to delight your mom on Mother's Day, May 14.

Be a summer class early bird!    
Yourist student at the wheel
Another happy student kicks off her high heel shoes for the sake of making a pot on the wheel!

Our summer classes are now open for registration, including our ever popular Coffee and Clay, a choice of three Introductory and Continuing Wheel classes to fit your schedule, and, for youngsters ages 7 to 10, Kids' Clay Mornings.

Coffee and Clay
Saturdays, Jun 17-Jul 22, 9:30-11:30 am.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel

Mondays, Jun 19-Jul 24, 7:00-9:00 pm
Thursdays, Jun 15-Jul 20, 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
Thursdays, Jun 15-Jul 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Kids' Clay Mornings   
Monday, Jun19-Friday, Jun 23, 9:30-11:30 am

We also have a Try It class coming up soon for those who would like to experience getting their hands in clay.

Try It Once on the Wheel
Saturday, May 13, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. 

Sign up for our six-week wheel throwing and hand building classes through May 15 and receive an Early Bird Tuition Discount. Enroll now to take advantage of this discount.  
In memoriam: John Glick and Robin Hopper

The pottery world lost two of its giants on April 6, 2017: John Glick and Robin Hopper.
John Glick
John Glick

"The potter who finds life in his work finds it daily in small glimpses, and perhaps these are the successes as much as anything."

John Glick (1938-2017) was a Michigan potter. He was born in Detroit and received his BFA from Wayne State University in 1960 and his MFA from Cranbrook in 1962. After a stint in the army, Glick came home in 1964 and founded Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, where he worked until he closed the pottery in 2016. Glick recently had a major retrospective exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum from June 18, 2016-March 12, 2017. On June 10 at 12:30 pm, a memorial service for Glick will be held at the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills. (Attendees are asked to car pool if possible because of limited parking.) Glick's web site will remain available and is a treasure trove of information about the man and his work. The Cranbrook Academy of Art has published a remembrance of John Glick here.
Robin Hopper
Robin Hopper

"Once I was hooked on clay, I knew it was to be both love affair and livelihood."

Robin Hopper (1939-2017) was born in Selsden, Surrey, England, and first found clay at the age of three after Nazi bombs exposed it in his south London neighborhood during the Blitz. Hopper began studying art at Croyden College of Art in 1955 but failed to receive his degree (the British equivalent of an MFA) because he left the exam room early to go to an acting job he'd taken to support himself. Hopper moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1968, where he taught and established a studio. Not finding the Ontario climate to his liking, however, he relocated to Vancouver, where he settled permanently and opened his studio, Choisin Pottery. You'll find an extensive appreciation of Hopper and his work at Studio Ceramics Canada. The author frequently quotes Hopper about his life and work, which Hopper describes with his characteristic wit.

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Don't forget your bisqueware!
Bisqueware remaining on the shelves from April will be discarded on May 30. 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  
The next gas kiln firing is coming up soon, so please start getting your pieces ready. Here's the tentative schedule for the next firing:

Tuesday, May 9
Firing: Thursday, May 11
Unloading: Sunday, May 14

Be aware that this schedule could change depending on the amount of work that's ready for firing. 
Tool time demo: candle holders  
Drawn to candlelight like a moth to a flame? Then you'll need lots of lovely ceramic holders for your candles. Come to the studio on Sunday, May 7, 4:30 pm, and let Kay show you how to throw stylish, shapely candle holders. This demonstration is free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Just drop by the studio at demo time.

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: summer schedule
Our summer pottery classes start in mid-June. The Early Bird Enrollment Discount for our 6-week summer wheel and hand building classes is good through May 15, so sign up now.

Coffee and Clay

Saturdays, Jun 17 through Jul 22, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley.  

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
Mondays, Jun 19 through Jul 24, 7:00-9:00 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson.
Thursdays, Jun 15 through Jul 20, 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley.
Thursdays, Jun 15 through Jul 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist.
Note: These classes are designed for adult participation. Please call before registering students 13 and under
Try It Once on the Wheel
Saturday, May 13, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm with Nancy Bulkley. 

Kids' Clay Mornings   
Monday, Jun 19, through Friday, Jun 23, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley.

Potter's pipeline
Potter's quick tip
Quick and easy image transfers

I'd like to put some images on my pieces, but Leonardo da Vinci I'm not. Can you help me?
A. We understand. As long as you can trace, you can put images on your pots. This 2-1/2 minute video shows you three simple but effective methods of image transfer using contact paper, carbon paper, and tissue paper.

Transfer printing on pottery is a venerable technique, which was developed at Spode in 1784 and adorns their elaborately illustrated pottery. See a master Spode engraver and printer at work in this short video.

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
Ends soon. What will the functional ceramics of the future be? See what "artists from a variety of backgrounds" think in this exhibition at Pewabic.  The works shown "represent many takes on the notion of what makes functional ceramics." Get details here

Dates: Now-May 14, 2017
10125, E. Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
Blossom by Blossom:
Elvish Ceramics
Ceramic artist Gabrielle Soltis makes these porcelain blossoms, which she painstakingly assembles petal by petal, in the tradition of the Gyldenstjerne Porcelain Company. Find out more about this exhibition and the enchanting story of the Gyldenstjerne Porcelain Company here

Dates: Now-June 11, 2017
Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center
South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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 reminisces 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
Ceramics by Hailey Banda
Hailey Banda Artist Talk
The public is invited to attend potter Hailey Banda's reception, gallery sale, and artist's talk, sponsored by R nR Ceramics, at trustArt Studios on Friday, May 5, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. This event is free.

In her artist's statement, Banda says " I create stylized utilitarian work to enhance an individual's day and to create a connection between the handmade object and the user."

Learn more about Banda and her work here.

Date: May 5, 2017, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
trustArt Studios
7885 Jackson Road, Suite 1
Ann Arbor, MI
Cups by Catie Miller
Catie Miller Artist Talk
Rovin Ceramics invites the public to come to potter Catie Miller's artist's talk, reception, and sale on Friday, May 19, at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Miller uses a monoprinting transfer technique to add narrative imagery to her functional ceramics. " This method results in diverse representation of my drawings, creating a timely, aged, and weathered appearance on the red clay foundation," says Miller.

Visit Miller's web gallery to see more examples of her colorful work here.

Date: May 19, 2017, 6:30 pm
Rovin Ceramics
253 Dino Drive, Suite A (off Jackson Road)
Ann Arbor, MI

Stop, look, listen . . . and learn
Making a soft-slabbed bowl using a template

Join Sandi Pierantozzi as she demonstrates how to make and use a template to build a soft-slabbed bowl with a rim.

During this 14-minute video, Sandi clearly guides you through her bowl-making process, explaining how to make the template, construct and form the bowl, and apply the rim so it doesn't crack.

Along the way, Sandi gives handy tips for cleaning up the seam in the bowl, making the bottom of the bowl, shaping the bowl, and coaxing the clay for the rim to behave.

See Sandi's current work at Neighborhood Potters, the studio in Philadelphia that she shares with husband and fellow potter Neil Patterson.

Attention Peter Voulkos fans

Piece by Peter Voulkos
The Smithsonian has published a new article about Voulkos and his work, The Ceramicist Who Punched His Pots.

The article accompanies the exhibition, Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, which is on display at the Renwick Gallery of Smithsonian American Art Museum through August 20, 2017.

View the Renwick's Voulkos online gallery here.

Thanks to Cara Rosean for this tip.

Meet Google Arts and Culture

Japanese Ceramic Dish
If you're feeling the need to binge-browse some ceramics, you couldn't do better than a visit to Google Arts and Culture, which boasts almost 20,000 examples of ceramics of all periods and styles. That should keep you busy for a while.

And if you want more variety, you can browse all the other collections of art on this site, which Google created to "bring the world's treasures online."

                                                                                            Japanese ceramic plate

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Just for fun
Blessed event

Judy and Yuliya
Welcome to the Yourist family, Yuliya Batchelor!

Proud parent Judy Batchelor is pleased to announce the birth of her new porcelain baby, Yuliya, on April 1, 2017. Weighing under 5 lbs. and measuring 11 inches long at birth, Yuliya is small but mighty and healthy.

This photo shows Yuliya just after she emerged from her bisque firing. She is being adorned with underglaze transfers and will then undergo a glaze firing. We'll have another photo of Yuliya when she makes her formal debut. 

Meanwhile, at The Great Pottery Throw Down . . .

Only six potters remain to take up Episode 4's task of hand building a 5-foot-tall garden sculpture. Who will rise to the challenge and who will fall down on the job?

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

Episode 1, Episode 2 
, Episode 3

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