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Throwing a pot on the wheel
Now's the time!       

You can still get into that wheel throwing class you want to take this fall, save when you register for our late fall classes, or give wheel throwing a try. Here's what's happening at the studio right now.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays

Looking for a fun, creative, and relaxing way to spend your Sunday afternoons? You'll find it in our Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays class, which starts on October 9. This class, which runs from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, is taught by Shannon Nelson, a noted potter and great instructor.

Early Bird Enrollment Discount for late fall classes
Tick-tock. Late fall classes are now open for registration and eligible for the Early Bird Enrollment Discount. Check out our class schedule and save $10.00 when you sign up for a six-week class by October 9.

Try It Once on the Wheel classes
If you've never thrown a pot before (or haven't in a long time), how about taking a wheel for a test drive in our upcoming Try It Once on the Wheel class on Saturday, October 8, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.? Can't make the October 8 class? Never fear, we have another Try It class scheduled for November 12. Many of our Try It enrollees make this class an extra-special experience by taking it with friends or family.
Sign up for a class today.
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Support local arts

You don't have to be a Medici or an Este to become a patron of the arts. Here's your opportunity to back the arts and artists in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area.

Yourist Studio Gallery has joined forces with over 150 artists across nine art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to launch the Winter Art Tour, an exciting new cultural event that will take place the weekend of December 9-11.

In addition to presenting the very best handcrafted art our area has to offer, the goal of the Winter Art Tour is to create and support a more vibrant arts community for artists and art lovers alike.

Over 8,000 people attended winter art shows hosted by our participating artists in 2015. This loyal following was largely built through word-of-mouth and grassroots advertising. By joining forces we have the opportunity to increase that number and bring even more visitors to the area. We hope to make the Winter Art Tour the weekend each year to shop for local art in Southeast Michigan.

To make the Winter Art Tour a success we need your support. We encourage you to consider investing in this event with a tax-deductible sponsorship contribution. You will join our other sponsors in building a more culturally rich and dynamic arts community in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. And did we mention it's tax-deductible?

You'll find more information about sponsorship and a sponsorship contribution form here. Thank you!
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Ready, load, fire 
It's time to get your glazing done for our next gas kiln firing. Here's the tentative schedule for the next firing:

Wednesday, October 12.
Firing: Thursday, October 13.
Unloading: Saturday, October 15.
Be aware that this schedule could change depending on the amount of work that's ready for firing. 
Tool time demo 
The tool time demo is on leave for the month of October. Be on the lookout for next month's newsletter to find out what the tool time demo has in store for November.

Got an idea for a demo you'd like to see Kay present? Let us know.

Upcoming classes
Late fall classes, including our Try It Once on the Wheel classes, are open for enrollment. Sign up for our six-week classes by October 9 to get an Early Bird Enrollment Discount of $10.00. Book a class now

Coffee and Clay

Saturdays, Oct 29 through Dec 3, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
Mondays, Nov 7 through Dec 13, 7:00-9:00 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson.
Thursdays, Nov 3 through Dec 15, 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley.
Thursdays, Nov 3 through Dec 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist.
Try It Once on the Wheel
Saturday, October 8, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm with Nancy Bulkley.
Saturday, November 12, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm with Nancy Bulkley.  

Registration closing soon. But there are still a few days left to sign up for our early fall wheel throwing class that starts on October 9.
Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
Sundays, Oct 9 through Nov 13, 1:30-3:30 pm, with Shannon Nelson.    
Potter's pipeline
Potter's quick tip
Make your own paper transfers

Q. I've noticed people at the studio using what they called paper transfers to print designs on their pottery. Instead of relying on commercial designs, I'd like to print designs of my own on clay. Is there an easy way to do this?
A. The studio seems to be buzzing with interest in image transfer techniques. Here's a great video from Ceramic Arts Daily showing how potter Erin Furimsky makes her own paper transfers and how she applies multiple layers of detail to her pieces.

Furimsky likes this method of image transfer because it is "super low-tech," requiring only simple ingredients, and therefore isn't intimidating like some other methods.
Why not give it a try? 

Readers, if you have a pottery question for Kay,
ask away .  And if you want to revisit a past tip, you'll find earlier issues in our studio newsletter archive .

Events to know about 
Brief notices
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Vessel by Silvie Granatelli 
Silvie Granatelli Workshop
Ann Arbor Potters Guild
The Ann Arbor Potters Guild is offering a two-day demonstration workshop with Silvie Granatelli on October 8-9. Granatelli will throw a variety of forms in porcelain clay, then alter and build on them to illustrate her methods and her thinking about design and function. She will also present surface design and embellishment techniques using slip trailing, carving, and line drawing. This workshop is open to the public for a tuition fee of $125. Learn more about the workshop and register here.

Dates: October 8-9, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Ann Arbor Potters Guild
201 Hill Street
Ann Arbor, MI
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Creating With Clay:
Clay-Art Friends
Ending soon. This eclectic exhibit at Ann Arbor's downtown library is designed to inform visitors about the materials and processes involved in making ceramic art and perhaps interest them in giving clay a try themselves. Clay-art friends exhibiting this year include Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Jessica Krivan, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Oni Werth, and Lineke Zuiderweg. You can learn more about the exhibit here.

Dates: Now through October 13
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Resonance exhibit 
Eastern Michigan University Ceramics Alumni Under the Tutelage of Susanne Stephenson & John Loree
Extended through October 13 at EMU's Ford Gallery. Resonance is a collaboration co-curated by Greg Tom at Eastern Michigan University and Steve Glazer at Henry Ford College in honor of Susanne Stephenson and John Loree, It features the work of 30 artists that studied ceramics under them between 1962 and 1988, including Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists Darcy Bowden and Linda Colman.

Exhibit dates: Now through October 13
Eastern Michigan University
Ford Gallery, 114 Ford Hall
Ypsilanti, MI
Ceramic brush washer 
Clay Through Time:
Ancient to Contemporary Ceramics, now through October 30 at the Flint Institute of Art 
Ending soon. This exhibition explores over 3,000 years of ceramics and "features a glimpse into the many styles and functions of ceramics as well as the forming, glazing, and firing practices that distinguish the medium throughout history." Learn more about the exhibition here .

Dates: Now through October 30
Flint Institute of Art
1120 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI
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Ending soon. This exhibition at Pewabic has been curated by College for Creative Studies Ceramics Section Chair Tom Phardel and features sculptural ceramics by artists Thom Bohnert, Emily Duke, Chris Mayse and Yui-Keung Lee. It also includes a Visiting Artist Workshop with Yui-Keung Lee on October 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Visit Pewabic for more information about this event.
Exhibit dates: Now through October 24
10125 E. Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI
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Potters Guild Winter Sale
The holiday event calendar is filling up fast. The Ann Arbor Potters Guild is holding its annual Winter Sale on Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Learn more here.

Dates: December 3-4
Ann Arbor Potters Guild
201 Hill Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Snowflake plates by Nancy Bulkley
Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Sale 
At Yourist Studio Gallery, we're known for throwing great parties, and our upcoming annual Holiday Sale on December 9-11 will be no exception. This is your invitation to join us for dazzling new works of ceramic art by our Studio Resident Artists and selected students, good company, festive food and drink, and seasonal conviviality. We'll also have a few surprises in store for you. Watch for more details soon.

We're participating in the December 9-11 Winter Art Tour this year. So be sure to get a Passport and make Yourist Studio Gallery your first stop on the Tour.

Sale dates: December 9-11
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI
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Passport to the Winter Art Tour 
From pottery to prints to pashminas - you'll find a lot to choose from when you take the Winter Art Tour on December 9-11. Shop handmade products from 150+ different artists and craftspeople at nine diverse venues around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, all at your own pace.

This concentration and access to local art only happens once a year!

You'll also have the opportunity to win art pieces donated by participating artists. Just pick up or print our Winter Art Tour Passport to Art. Visit four or more Winter Art Tour stops. Stamp your Passport at each stop. Then enter to win. It's that easy. Photos and more information about the art prizes will appear soon on the Tour web site.

Stops on the Tour include artists' home studios, galleries, the Riverside Arts Center, and the downtown Ann Arbor District Library. Your Passport will include a map directing you to all the venues, where you'll be able to meet artists personally and learn more about what they do. To add to the fun, many Tour venues are offering customers more than shopping - like music, eats, and creative activities.

Participating art shows include the Ann Arbor Art Center, Art on Adare!, Clay Work Studio, DIYpsi, Front Porch Textiles, Kate Tremel and Friends Art Studios Sale, Tiny Expon, Yourist Studio Gallery, and Ypsi Alloy Studios.

Tour dates: December 9-11
9 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
Tray by John Glick
John Glick: A Legacy in Clay
Cranbrook Art Museum is presenting "the first major exhibition and publication to survey the immense range of ceramic vessels, tableware, and sculpture that has made Glick one of today's premier figures in American studio pottery." The exhibition will feature nearly 200 pieces from throughout Glick's career as a potter.

For details, visit Cranbrook Art Museum. View a catalog of the exhibit here.

Dates: June 18, 2016-March 12, 2017
Cranbrook Art Museum
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Stop, look, listen . . . and learn
Give your pots a saucy slant

Potter Nancy Gallagher likes to give her pots "a feeling of movement" and "a bit of personality" by altering the angle at which they sit.

In this video, Gallagher demonstrates her easy method for cutting pots on an angle using a clay coil and a simple homemade tool.

You can make this tool yourself, but if you're not a woodworker, read the comments on the video to find out how to make the tool using clay!

Stinky ancient cookery fail

Broken vessel
Thanks to pottery relics we know more about the lives of our ancient ancestors than we might have been able to learn from other sources. Because of their condition, however, the relics don't often deliver evidence of what, if anything, was cooked in those pots.

Now the discovery in Denmark of an intact Bronze Age cooking pot gives us new information. So what was cooking 3,000 years ago? Cheese. According to this article from NPR, "a cheesy and charred residue" was burned to the inside of the pot.

Archaeologists speculate that the pot survived intact because ". . . this vessel was smoking and stinking the place up, so somebody had to get rid of it. The easiest way was to carry it outside and deposit it upside down in the pit and then cover it . . ." Something rotten in the state of Denmark?
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
Clay studio . . .  or music video star?

Chances are, you know that famous scene from the movie Ghost, in which Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze more or less throw a pot together to the music of "Unchained Melody."

Singer Lisa Ritchie used a similar visual metaphor to convey a message about a relationship in the video of her song, "If Words Could," which she recorded last year at Yourist Studio Gallery. Check it out.

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

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