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Our spring classes. . .
...are starting right now. But we still have room for you to enroll. So avoid disappointment and claim your seat in class today.
Great news: we have been able to expand our wheel use capacity to 13, so we can now accommodate 13 students in our wheel classes and 13 students on the wheel during open studio.

Classes in the spring lineup include

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Apr 5-May 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Thurs, Apr 1-May 6, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Apr 1-May 6, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Apr 1-May 6, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thurs, Apr 1-May 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Introductory Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Apr 4-May 9, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with David Timm

Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Apr 4-May 9, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)
  • Wed, Mar 31-May 5, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Apr 3-May 8, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Tues, Apr 13-July 13, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Apr 24, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Visit the classes page on our web site for more information about our classes and to enroll.

All of our studio health and safety precautions, including those for students, will be in effect for these classes.
Big pot by Beth Ogden
Coming this summer . . .
Big Pots +

Interested in learning how to build a big pot like this one by Beth Ogden? Then you'll want to sign up for our new class, Big Pots + with Diana Pancioli, coming this summer. Diana will teach you how to work an extruder to build the large vessel of your dreams. No experience is required to enroll in this class.

Watch for more information about this class, including dates and time.
Studio life
Kilns to be unloaded
We unloaded four kilns of work
on Saturday, March 27!
Ready, glaze, fire!

Here are the tentative dates for loading wares for our April gas kiln firings:

Sunday, April 4
Wednesday, April 14

As usual, we will load and fire on these dates in April when we have accumulated enough pieces to fill the kiln. Be sure to check with the studio for April gas kiln firing updates.
Clearing the decks

Our bisque shelves and our glaze shelves are crowded and need to be cleared of work fired in March by Friday, April 30. Regrettably, any unclaimed bisque ware and glazed pieces remaining after that date must be discarded to make room for new work. (And you know we hate doing that!)
Call for instructors

We are looking for professional ceramicists who are also experienced instructors to teach in our new studio. To apply, send your resume and six images of your work to Kay.

For more information, call the studio at 734-662-4914 and ask for Kay
Studio interns needed

Exciting opportunity to work in a spacious new studio. Interns should know how to mix glaze, mop floors, load kilns, and perform other typical studio duties. If you are interested, please send your resume and images of your work to Kay.

For more information, call the studio at 734-662-4914 and ask for Kay.
Potter's quick tip
Q. Metal, wood, rubber--there are so many different kinds of pottery ribs! Which one should I use for which task, and how should I use it?

A. Potter and teacher Ann Ruel of Little Street Pottery discusses various type of ribs and demonstrates how to use them. And she indulges in some humor along the way, if you don't mind a little ribbing.

You can see some examples of Ruel's nature-inspired pottery here.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's events
Royal Copenhagen vase, 1886-1888
Flint Institute of Arts
On-site exhibitions

Area art museums are beginning to open again. We'll let you know when new ceramics exhibitions are on display. Add these to your calendar.

Stacks: Ceramics. Lauren Herzak-Bauman. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. March 15-June 4. (Note: this exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors.) More . . .

Breakfast: Fourth Biennial Invitational and Juried exhibition. International Museum of Dinnerware Design. April 10-August 28. (Note: this exhibition will have both online and in-person components.) More . . .

3D: Focus on the Figure. Flint Institute of Arts. May 8-August 29. This exhibition features sculptures in various media, including clay. More . . .

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector. Flint Institute of Arts. July 12-November 27. More . . .
Virtual tours and videos

Here's a selection of pottery events, exhibitions, and museum tours that you can visit and enjoy online.

The Ceramic Congress. Online pottery workshops from The Ceramic School. May 27-31. Kudos to Joanne Daniels for this find. More . . .

One Table Oodles of Dishes. This exhibition from The International Museum of Dinnerware Design is now on display. Click on a cup and watch as the table is set with the tableware to which the cup belongs. (Be patient; this takes a second.) Scroll down to learn the story of the tableware.

Clay Art Center. Pay a virtual visit to the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, and enjoy their online lectures, demos, and exhibitions. Big thanks to our friend, Joanne Daniels, for this tip. More . . .
Resources for potters
Get a handle on it
Ever wish you could use those MKM hand texture rollers on your wheel-thrown pottery? Potter Hsin-Chuen Lin has come up with a clever way to turn a wire clothes hanger into a homemade roller handle. He shows how to make the handle, then how to use the roller to decorate wheel-thrown pottery.

Gas kiln for sale
Gas kiln for sale
20 cubic-foot outdoor gas kiln for sale. 28 x 28 x 48 loading capacity. Non-electric kiln with Venturi burners. Built by Tom Phardel. It fires beautifully, producing great shino results with carbon trapping and copper reds. We are moving and can't take it with us.

The kiln is held together with a steel frame and must be dismantled and rebuilt in its new location. You will need to supply a cement slab for the kiln, an overhang for weather protection, and a chimney. Some of the required gas piping is included with the kiln This is a superb kiln for a do-it-yourselfer.
The kiln cost $20,000 to build. We are asking $2,500.00. It will be available to move by May 15. Possibly sooner. For more information, call the studio at 734-662-4914 and ask for Kay.
Studio and Gallery hours
Here are our current open studio hours for 2021:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, Noon-6:00 pm

Please be aware that we will continue to adjust our open studio hours as additional classes on our schedule start and activity restrictions are lifted. As is customary, only registered students will be admitted to the studio during class times.

We limit our indoor capacity to 13 students at the pottery wheels, 2 students in the glazing room, and 2 students at the large work table. We will continue to observe all our health and safety precautions during open studio time.

Please remember to sign in when you arrive and sign out when you leave. And make sure to clean your work area thoroughly before leaving.

We also have curbside delivery of clay, tools, and pottery during our regular hours. If you have a specific need, please call Kay at the studio, during regular hours, at 734-662-4914.

Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

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