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Starting in August

We have a great selection of wheel and hand building classes beginning this month.

Coffee and Clay (Choose on site or Zoom)
  • Sat, Aug 1-Sep 12, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley.* Hurry!
  • Wed, Aug 12-Sep 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

* On-site enrollment for the August 1-September 12 class is now full. Zoom enrollment remains available.

Coffee and Clay Zoom students : your clay will be available for pickup from the studio as soon as you enroll. You will deliver your works to the studio for firing. Curbside service is available.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Thurs, Aug 6-Sep 10, 1:15-3:15 pm, with Nancy Bulkley Hurry!
  • Mon, Aug 31-Oct 05, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
Early Bird Discount available through August 15 for Kevan's class.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Aug 23-Sep 27, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with David Timm
  • Sun, Aug 23-Sep 27, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount available through August 15.

September lineup

 Here's our preliminary schedule of classes starting in September. We will add our Coffee and Clay classes soon.

Advanced and Intermediate Clay
  • Tue, Sep 1-Dec 1, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Alex Pratt

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, Sep 2-Dec 2, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through August 15.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Thurs, Sep 3-Oct 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through August 15.

Important reminders: We've limited enrollment in our August and September on-site classes to preserve safe social distancing, so reserve your seat now to avoid disappointment. All of our studio health and safety precautions , including those for students, will remain in effect for our classes.

If you have any questions about our classes, please call Kay at the studio from 1:00-5:00 pm Monday through Friday at 734-662-4914.
Studio life . . .
Adorable ceramic pigs
Pigs are popular
In the Chinese zodiac 2019 was the year of the pig. But it seems the pig's popularity has continued strong into 2020, at least among potters here at the studio. According to the Chinese zodiac , people born under the sign of the pig are " diligent, compassionate, and realistic."

Other adorable animals enjoying special attention from potters include cats, dogs, rabbits, turtles, and more. In fact, we're developing quite a menagerie on the Wall of Flame. Perhaps creating ceramic animal friends brings us a special source of comfort during the pandemic.
Ready, glaze, fire!
Here's the tentative date for our August gas kiln firing:

Tuesday, August 18

 As usual, we will fire in August when we have accumulated enough pieces to fill the kiln, so glaze, glaze, glaze now. Be sure to check with the studio for August firing updates.
Your bisque ware . . .
. . . awaits you. If you have bisque ware on our shelves that was fired in July , please glaze it or pick it up and take it home by Sunday, August 30 . Regrettably, any unclaimed bisque ware remaining after that date must be discarded to make room for new work.
Potter's quick tip
Q. Slips? Underglazes? Glazes? W hich do I apply and when? I can't keep track. Please clarify for me.

A . Here's potter Jane Scott with a rundown on the differences between slips, underglazes, and glazes and when to use each one. Understanding these options will greatly expand your surface design palette.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's web events
Delicious Dish Distractions
With Pasta
The International Museum
of Dinnerware Design
On-site exhibitions

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

Monumental: The Art of Viola Frey. Now through October 25 . Flint Institute of Art. More . . .
Virtual tours and videos

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

Delicious Dish Distractions...with pasta. The International Museum of
Dinnerware Design. More . . .

Making In Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics . American Museum of Ceramic Arts. More . . .

New acquisitions. American Museum of Ceramic Arts. More . . .

26 Years of Art in Clay. Now - August. Online exhibition of the finest pottery being made by UK and European ceramic artists. More . . .

Spring Form: ICAN Online Exhibition. Now - August 20. Online spring exhibition by the International Ceramic Artists Network. More . . .
Call for entries

Michigan Ceramics 2020 Biennial Exhibition & Competition. October 16 - November 12, Michigan Ceramic Arts Association. More . . .

Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition: Breakfast.   April 10 – August 28, 2021, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design. More . . .
Resources for potters
From found form to mold
Have you come across a great form that you'd like to make again and again? Potter Bill van Gilder demonstrates from start to finish how to make a bisque hump mold that you can use repeatedly to reproduce your favorite found form.
Studio and Gallery hours
Here are our current open studio hours :

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-5:00 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.

During open studio hours we will limit our number to a maximum of 10 people in the studio at one time. We will continue to observe all our health and safety precautions during open studio time. Please sign in when you arrive and 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. We will keep you posted on changes in hours in our mailings and here on our website. If you have a specific need, please call Kay at the studio from 1:00-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, at 734-662-4914.

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

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