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Can you believe...

...that January is almost over? But you still have time to be an early bird and receive a tuition discount when you register for our 2nd-term wheel classes by February 2. So sign up today and save.

Here's the 2nd-term class schedule:

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Feb 22-Mar 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Thurs, Feb 18-Mar 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Feb 18-Mar 25, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Feb 18-Mar 25, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thurs, Feb 18-Mar 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early bird discount for these classes available through February 2.

Introductory Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Feb 21-Mar 28, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early bird discount available through February 2.

Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Feb 21-Mar 28, 1:30-3:30 pm, with John Leyland
Early bird discount available through February 2.

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)
  • Wed, Feb 17-Mar 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Feb 20-Mar 27, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

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.

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
Making stamps in class
Make an impression

Carving texture stamps in clay is a popular activity at the studio. Stamps you've made yourself enable you to put your own original impressions on the pottery you make. And you can create stamps in all sorts of shapes, from simple press stamps with handles to texture rollers and balls. Try it.
Ready, glaze, fire!

Here's the tentative date for loading wares for our February gas kiln firing:

Saturday, February 20

As usual, we will load and fire in February when we have accumulated enough pieces to fill the kiln. Be sure to check with the studio for February gas kiln firing updates.
Free the shelves!

Our bisque shelves are once again jam-packed with bisque ware, and we need to free them for new work. If you have bisque ware on our shelves that was fired in January, please glaze it or pick it up and take it home by Saturday, February 27. Regrettably, any unclaimed bisque ware remaining after that date must be discarded to make room for new work. (And you know we hate doing that!)
Potter's quick tip
Q. Is there a way to glaze both the outside and inside of a pot in a single dip?

A. Potter Sam Scott demonstrates his method of glazing the outside and inside of a pot "in one fell swoop" in this video from Ceramic Arts Network.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's web events
Tepco Confucius Tableware
International Museum of
Dinnerware Design Exhibition
On-site exhibitions

Area art museums are beginning to open again. We'll let you know when new ceramics exhibitions are on display. Here's one to put on your calendar.

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.

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.

Great Pottery Throw Down. Yes, fans, it's back for a 4th season, with Keith Brymer-Jones. (Note: registration is required). Thanks so much to Cara Rosaen for this tip. More . . .

Rivers, Reflections, Reinventions. 2021 NCECA Virtual Conference, March 17-21. More . . .
Resources for potters
Simple pinch pots?
Not in the hands of potter Lori Phillips. This video clocks in at almost 43 minutes, which is longer than we usually feature. But take our word for it, this video is worth taking the time to watch to see how Phillips creates truly complex pieces from simple pinch pots and simple tools. At her kitchen table!

If you're a thrower rather than a hand builder, you might want to try creating components on the wheel to build more complex forms.

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 have fresh-air tent space available and limit our indoor capacity to 10 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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