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We've adopted a fresh new format for the newsletter that easily adapts to tablets and smart phones but still looks as good as ever on desktop devices. Of course, we will continue to bring you the latest news from the studio, pottery-making tips, events in the ceramics world, and informative videos. Come on in.
Early spring classes open for registration
Color us optimistic about a speedy end to winter. Here's our early spring class lineup. Our classes fill up quickly, so register today to reserve your place.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Feb 26-Apr 2, 7:00-9:00 pm, Kevan O. Wilson
  • Thurs, Mar 1-Apr 5, 12:30- 2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Mar 1-Apr 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kay Yourist

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Mar 25-Apr 29, 1:30-3:30 pm, David Timm. Early Bird Discount available through Feb 25.

Coffee and Clay
  • Sat, Mar 10-Apr 14, 9:30-11:30 am, Nancy Bulkley

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Feb 10, 1:00-2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Mar 10, 1:00-2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley

At the studio
Ready, load, fire
Here's the schedule for our next gas kiln firing:

Loading : Tuesday, February 20
Firing : Wednesday, February 21
Unloading : Saturday, February 24

Be aware that our firing dates are based on the availability of enough works to fill the kiln.
Tool Time: throwing with ribs
Tool Time returns! Join us at the studio on Sunday, February 18, at 4:30 pm , when Kay will show us how to throw with ribs. No registration is necessary for this free presentation. Just drop by at demo time.
Intern wanted
Interns play an integral part in a smoothly running studio. They keep our clay pugged, glazes mixed, kilns loaded, and floors clean. In exchange for 6 hours per week of these basic studio maintenance practices, we offer studio time and clay. We are taking applications from experienced advanced students and potters interested in joining our internship program. Send your letter of interest and resume to Kay Yourist .
Studio artist makes USA Today!
Studio resident artist Stephen Kerr appeared in the January 22 issue of USA Today in the article, "You need to check out these 10 Ann Arbor artisans – and their awesome goods." More . . .
Potter's quick tip
Q. How can I lift and form my soft slabs without having them flop around and distort?

A. Take your time, advises potter Lisa Naples in this video from Ceramic Arts Network. Naples will show you how she lifts soft slabs without warping them. Bonus: you'll get four more tips for working with soft slabs.
Ceramics events calendar
Piece from Pewabic's On the Rocks Exhibition
On the Rocks Exhibition . Curated by Pete Pinnell . Now-February 25. Pewabic Pottery. More . . .

From Mud to Beauty: Ceramics by Jean-Marc Fontaine . Now-March 11. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. More . . .

Distinctive American Art Tile: Motawi Tileworks . Now-March 11. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. More . . .

The Art of Containment: Vessels From the Sidney Swidler Collection . Now-March 31. Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery. Flint Institute of Arts. More . . .
Resources for potters
Bill van Gilder has begun a monthly newsletter for potters, including tips and techniques videos exclusive to subscribers. Sign up here .

Then take a look at this brief video showing how van Gilder applies wax resist to his pots, with sound effects by his dog, Ozzie.
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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