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News, Events, Inspiration ◊ February 2024

Inside this issue: So much news! Our 2nd-term classes, a prize-winning resident artist, the Canadian Great Pottery Throw Down, IMODD online lectures, potter Susanne Stephenson interview on WEMU. Plus other exhibitions, events, and informative videos.

A pot with stripes by Amy Frysinger

Student Amy Frysinger creates

a fashion-forward striped pot

Boost your clay IQ... our 2nd-term pottery classes. Get started with wheel throwing or build on your fundamental skills in our full selection of Introductory and Continuing Wheel classes. Move on to Intermediate Wheel Throwing on Sundays. Or learn the oldest methods of working with clay in our hand building classes.

Register now to take advantage of our Early Bird tuition discount, in effect through February 5.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel

  • Mon, Mar 4-Apr 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Mon, Mar 4-Apr 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Wed, Feb 28-Apr 3, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Jenneva Kayser
  • Thu, Feb 29-Apr 4, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thu, Feb 29-Apr 4, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thu, Feb 29-Apr 4, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thu, Feb 29-Apr 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Nick Glynos
  • Fri, Mar 8-Apr 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kristina Greenstone
  • Sat, Mar 9-Apr 13, 9:30-11:30 am, with Laila Chalati

Early Bird Discount in effect through February 5.

Introductory Wheel Sundays

  • Sun, Mar 3-Apr 7, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with Jenneva Kayser

Early Bird Discount in effect through February 5.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

  • Sun, Mar 3-Apr 7,1:30-3:30 pm, with Jenneva Kayser

Early Bird Discount in effect through February 5.

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)

  • Wed, Feb 28-Apr 3, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Mar 9-Apr 13, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Early Bird Discount in effect through February 5.

Hand Building

  • Thu, Feb 29-Apr 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, with David Timm / Nancy Bulkley

Early Bird Discount in effect through February 5.

Reserve your seat today.

February Try It

Experience the appeal of throwing clay on the wheel in our Try It Once on the Wheel class.

Try It Once on the Wheel

  • Sat, February 17, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Laila Chalati.

Sign up now.

Studio life

Star potter

Savanah Conrad displays her award

Resident Artist Savanah Conrad has won second place in the Anything Goes exhibition at the Gutman Gallery, an inclusive fine arts space in Ann Arbor. Learn more here about Gutman Gallery and the Anything Goes exhibition, on display through March 2.

Anything Goes: All Media Exhibition

       January 26 – March 2, 2024

Congratulations, Savanah!

Community studio

If you need a place to practice your ceramic artistry, our community studio program is the perfect solution. We offer unlimited access to our community studio with tiered Stoneware and Porcelain monthly memberships.

We also offer packages of hourly community studio time.

Learn more about our community studio facilities here.

Going, going...

...gone? To make room for new work, we must remove all bisque ware and glaze ware that has accumulated on the shelves in January.

  • Please pick up your glazed pieces and take them home to enjoy.
  • Please glaze your bisque ware now or take it home for glazing in the future.

Regrettably, any unclaimed bisque ware and glazed pieces remaining after February 29 must be discarded to make room for new work. Make the most of that leap year grace day to claim your pieces.

Job opportunity

Studio intern

We're interviewing potential studio interns for winter and spring to help with studio maintenance in exchange for studio use. The successful applicant should know how to mix glaze, load kilns, mop floors, and perform other typical studio duties. An internship is a great experience and resume building opportunity. Please send a letter of interest, including your previous pottery studio experience, to Kay Yourist.

Potters quick tip

How to jazz up clay coils video

Q. I love building pots from coils, but I'd like to move beyond plain coils and jazz them up a bit. Any suggestions?

A. What a timely question! Potter Ann Ruel of Little Street Pottery recently posted a video with three examples showing how she adds interest to her coils. So enjoy, hand builders. And wheel throwers, why not add an interestingly coiled rim or handles to a pot?

These videos are part of our continuing series for beginners at all levels.

Clay lover's events

How making pottery aids inclusion video

Providing opportunities for people with disabilities

to learn pottery and ceramics

On-site exhibitions

We'll let you know when new ceramics exhibitions are on display and open to the public. Before you go to an on-site exhibition, be sure to check the art museum's web site for any current health precautions.

Pewabic: Detroit's Pottery: documents the pottery's past while celebrating the present. Pewabic Pottery. Ongoing. More . . .

Around the World in Blue and White. Selections from the William C. Weese Collection of Chinese Ceramics. University of Michigan Museum of Art. December, 2021-February 2024. More . . .

Ruth Duckworth: Life as a Unity. "Traces the influence of geomorphology and the nascent environmental movement" in Duckworth's sculptural work in clay. Smart Museum, University of Chicago. September 21, 2023–February 4, 2024. (Thanks to Jess Krivan for this submission.) More . . .

The Life We Make. Award-winning documentary follows "diverse, often eccentric" artists displaying their work at street shows in cities and small towns across the United States. Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Sunday, February 11, 2024. More . . .

Decorative by Design: 250 Years of Japanese Objects. Illustrating the Japanese concept of kazari, or the art of decoration and ornamentation. Flint Institute of Arts. September 23, 2023-April 14, 2024. More . . .

Spotlight—Magdalene Odundo: A Dialogue with Objects. The largest ever presentation of Odundo's work in North America. Gardiner Museum, Toronto. October 19, 2023–April 21, 2024. More . . .

Fragile Bodies: The Figure in Glass and Clay. "Illustrate[s] the human form’s powerful symbolic potential to embody an idea, to express an ideal, or to embrace that which is vulnerable and human." Flint Institute of Arts. October 21, 2023–June 16, 2024. More . . .

Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting. Paintings of elaborate feasts, sumptuous vessels for food and drink, and historical cookbooks. Detroit Institute of Arts. September 22, 2024–January 5, 2025. More . . .

Pottery perspectives

Opportunities to expand your knowledge of ceramics past and present.

Celebrating Inclusion Through Pottery. How the Central Coast Council in collaboration with mainstream commercial studio Centered Ceramics have made it possible for people with disabilities to learn pottery. More . . .

The Magic of Pottery. Keith Brymer Jones on his pottery-making career, being a judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down, and giving people the opportunity and confidence to learn to make pottery. More . . .

The December unforgettable dinnerware on-line lecture from the International Museum of Dinnerware Design is now available as a video: Vessels for the Human Spirit with David R. MacDonald, aka "Dr. Dirt." More . . .

The January unforgettable dinnerware on-line lecture from the International Museum of Dinnerware Design is also now available as a video: Feeding Art Deco with Dr. Teri J. Edelstein. More . . .

And three from Colossal:

A multitude of clay shavings cover coiled porcelain by Hattori Makiko. More . . . . .

Multiple porcelain layers molded into elegant tableware by Yuting Chang. More . . .

Otherworldly plants display colorful blooms by Kaori Kurihara. More . . .

Other events

David Kim bespoke restaurant pottery

Bespoke pottery for dining

What kind of pottery do fine restaurants want in which to serve their culinary creations to customers? In the February International Museum of Dinnerware Design on-line lecture, Bespoke pottery for restaurants, potter David T Kim will tell you. He talks about creating unique bespoke dinnerware for some of the best chefs and restaurants in the country. Kim's DTK Ceramics specializes in producing custom dinnerware for Chicago’s top restaurants and occasionally releases unique wheel-thrown pottery.

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm

Details here.

Susanne Stephenson surrounded by her work

Documenting a pottery career

Deb Polich, of WEMU's creative:impact program, interviews renowned local ceramic artist Susanne Stephenson on her 70-plus-year career in ceramics. In part 2 of the program, Polich interviews Patti Smith, one of the team working with Stephenson to archive and document her career. You can listen to the interviews here:

Part 1: Susanne Stephenson

Part 2: Patti Smith

The Great Pottery Throw Down comes to Canada video

Oh, Canada!

Yes, the Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down is coming to CBC and CBC Gem on February 8 at 8 pm. Let's hope they post their episodes on YouTube as well.

Resources for potters

Have you ever...

How to hand build a twisted bowl video

...wondered how to make a twisted spiral bowl? I have. Happily, this video from potter Katharina Hager of deeprootsandbubbles shows us how.

Carving handles...

How to carve handles in a thrown pot video

...into a wheel-thrown pot. In this video, the Ondo potter takes you through the process of throwing a bowl, then carving handles into it.

Studio and Gallery hours

Here are our open studio hours for 2024:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, 4:00-8:00 pm

There are no open studio hours on Thursday. Saturday open studio hours begin at noon with the exception of one Saturday a month, when the Try It Once on the Wheel class meets from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Check our class schedule for the date for this class.

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

To help us keep our studio safe and healthy for all students and members, keep track of current advisories on COVID transmission risk and hospitalization numbers in Washtenaw county at these links:

CDC COVID By County page

Washtenaw County Health Department page

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

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