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News and Events ◊ January, 2022
Wishing you a Happy 2022
from our new location at 6087 Jackson Road

What a year 2021 was! Amidst a pandemic, you helped us move across town and make our new studio and gallery a fabulous workspace. We capped off this extraordinary year with our Grand Opening Holiday Sale, which was a huge success. We couldn't have done it without all of the incredible support from our members, instructors, patrons, volunteers, students, friends, and family.

Thank you all for an outstanding 2021, and the very best to you in 2022.
Have you resolved...
The sole of a potter:
Student Steve Licari improvises
a texture stamp make more pots in 2022? That's one New Year's resolution you can easily keep, and we're here to help. Get started now in one of our first-term classes. Classes begin on January 8 and have been filling quickly. But you still have time to sign up for our remaining openings. See you in class!

Seats are available in these first-term classes:

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Jan 10-Feb 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Wed, Jan 12-Feb 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Kristina Chetcuti New!
  • Thurs, Jan 13-Feb 17, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Jan 13-Feb 17, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)
  • Sat, Jan 8-Feb 1612, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Hand Building New!
  • Thu, Jan 20-Feb 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, with David Timm.

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, Jan 12-Apr 13, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist

Our upcoming Try It Once class:

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Jan 15, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Studio life
Guests enjoying the 2021 Holiday Show and Sale
Guests enjoying the show and sale
Keith Shoultz throwing while masked
Keith Shoultz throwing blindfolded
Alex Pratt throwing bottles and vases
Alex Pratt throwing bottles and vases
Nancy Bulkley throwing with her toes
Nancy Bulkley throwing with her toes
Pictures from...
...our 2021 Holiday Show and Sale. With the beautiful ceramic art work, fun and informative demonstrations, live music, seasonal refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer and good company, this show and sale was our best one ever. We thank our guests, our ceramic artists, our musicians, and all our other helpers for making this traditional event so special this year. We had a great time.
What are you...

...waiting for? On January 31, we will clear the shelves by removing all bisque ware and glaze ware that has been accumulating there in December and before.

  • 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 that date must be discarded to make room for new work. (Please don't make us do that!)
Mask Reminder

In compliance with CDC and Washtenaw County Health Department guidance, we are asking everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated and boosted, to continue wearing masks in the studio. We thank you for helping us keep our studio safe, healthy, and welcoming for all students and members.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I loved the video from a recent mailing showing how to make an origami snowflake, but I don't feel quite ready to take up that challenge yet. Can you tell me what I might do to get started?

A. How about trying these five folded pottery projects from potter Ann Ruel? She'll have you folding clay and on your way to making that snowflake in no time. As Ruel says, "Don't fear the fold!"

Even you experienced potters are sure to enjoy these folding projects. How would you elaborate on them?

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners at all levels.
Clay lover's events
Vase by Mark Meier
Ceramic Vessels
Gifts of Art Gallery
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 temporary closures due to corona virus.

Restrained/Unrestrained. Flint Institute of Art. Now-January 17. Containers of different shapes, sizes, and materials that have been made to serve a variety of purposes. More . . .

Ceramic Vessels. Mark Meier. Work created using industrial robots. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. Now-March 4. (Note: this exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors. A link on the exhibition page will allow you to visit virtually.) More . . .

Weathered: Ceramic Sculpture. Austen Brantley. Beauty in the undesirable. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. Now-March 4. (Note: this exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors. A link on the exhibition page will allow you to visit virtually.) More . . .

Flights of American Life: Ceramic Planes. Frank James Fisher. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. Now-March 4. (Note: this exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors. A link on the exhibition page will allow you to visit virtually.) More . . .

Steeped in Tradition. Flint Institute of Art. Now-March 20. Teaware exhibition. More . . .
Virtual tours and videos

Here's a selection of pottery events, exhibitions, and museum tours that you can visit and enjoy online. Lots of tasty ceramic eye candy!

Holiday Dining. International Ceramic Artists Network. More . . .

Wedding China. International Ceramic Artists Network. More . . .

Slow Art Day 2021: Gardiner Museum. Take time to observe two exquisite works of ceramic art at the Gardiner Museum. More . . .

The Many Shapes Of Texas Clay. Rockport Center for the Arts. Works by Texas ceramic artists. More . . .

And here are three from Colossal:

Nested concentric vessels by Matthew Chambers. More . . .
Wavy engraved lines texture figures by En Iwamura. More . . .
Sculptures mimic decaying wood by Christopher David White. More . . .
Resources for potters
Decorating with slip
Potter Ann Ruel is back, this time with a clinic on using colored slips to decorate greenware. Ruel covers a lot of ground in under 10 minutes, demonstrating how to use multiple slip-related decorating techniques to make a unique piece.
Coffee, anyone?
There are a number of factors to account for when making a coffee pourover, and UK potter Joe Thompson from Old Forge Creations covers them from A to Z in this video. Do you know the difference between a dripper and a pourover? Thompson explains it and even shows how he uses his pourover to make a cup of coffee. You'll welcome Thompson's attention to detail throughout the process.
Studio and Gallery hours
Here are our current open studio hours for 2022:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, 12:00-6:00 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 and sign out when you leave. And make sure to clean your work area thoroughly before leaving.

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.

Yourist Studio Gallery
6087 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
734-662-4914 |

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