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News, Events, Inspiration ◊ June, 2022
Carve some time...
Marian Short adding sgraffito
decoration to a bowl
...for making pottery into your busy summer plans. Our summer classes start in mere days from now, kicking off on June 3 with Introductory / Continuing Wheel Fridays taught by Daria Paik. Sign up for summer classes now.

Here's our schedule of summer classes:
Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Jun 6-Jul 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Thurs, Jun 9-Jul 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Jun 9-Jul 14, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Jun 9-Jul 14, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thurs, Jun 9-Jul 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Introductory / Continuing Wheel Fridays
  • Fri, Jun 3-Jul 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Daria Paik

Introductory Wheel Saturdays
  • Sat, Jun 11-Jul 16, 9:30-11:30 am, with Laila Chalati/Kristina Chetcut

Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Jun 12-Jul 17, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)
  • Wed, Jun 8-Jul 13, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Jun 11-Jul 16, 9:30 am-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Hand Building
  • Thurs, Jun 16-Jul 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Meg Gizzi


Here's your opportunity to test drive the pottery wheel in our Try It Once on the Wheel class:

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Jun 18, 1:00-2:30 pm, with YSG Team

Looking forward to fall

Advanced and Intermediate Clay
  • Wed, Aug 31-Nov 30, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Maxwell Davis
Early Bird Discount valid through July 2.

Reminder: Free talk and demo
Stretch your creative mind with Maxwell Davis in this free, 90-minute demonstration and conversation aimed at all students looking to step up their pottery-making ability.

Advance the Skill
with Maxwell Davis
Sunday, June 5
1:00-3:00 pm

Davis will preview the skills that he will teach in our fall Advanced and Intermediate Clay class, including the physics and geometry of throwing, wheel work, sculptural use of the wheel, concept development and communication: utility and/or art, and alternative approaches to clay.

This demo is free, but we ask that you sign up.
Studio life
Picnic invitation for studio members
Studio picnic
We're celebrating the approach of summer and a year in our new studio with a potluck picnic for studio members and their partners. So whip up your favorite passing dish (served in your favorite ceramic serving bowl, of course) and join us at the studio on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 pm, following Maxwell Davis's free talk and demo.
Job opportunities
Yourist Studio Gallery is seeking experienced ceramics instructors for our fall and winter semesters. We are looking for a combination of class instructors to help enhance the skills of our student population. We have openings for

  • ceramicists to teach hand-building techniques to beginning and advanced level students;
  • potters to teach introductory wheel;
  • advanced class instructors who incorporate multiple building and finishing techniques in their syllabus.

If you have experience and are interested in working with the students and staff at the new Yourist Studio Gallery facility, please submit your resume and a collection of 5-10 images of your work to Kay Yourist.
Studio intern
We're also seeking a studio intern 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. If you are interested, please send your resume and images of your work to Kay Yourist.
Shelf life... the studio is limited so if you have bisque or glaze ware from May still on our shelves, please come get it now. On June 30, we must free our shelves of all the bisque and glaze ware that has accumulated there in May.

  • 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 open up space for new work.
5-26 Masking update

According to the CDC, the COVID-19 community transmission level risk in Washtenaw County is High as of May 26. Please see the prevention steps the CDC advises for communities at high risk on its COVID Community Levels page.

CDC currently updates this advisory every Thursday at 8 pm ET. As the situation is fluid, you can visit this Washtenaw County Health Department page to check current transmission risk and case numbers in the county.

The studio will operate in accordance with the latest CDC advisories. Thank you for helping us keep our studio safe and healthy for all students and members.
Potters quick tip
Q. I'd love to paint surface decoration on my pieces, but I'm no expert with a paint brush. Does that mean I'm just out of luck?

A. Here's a "Q-Tip" for you from potter Ann Ruel, who demonstrates an easy and effective way to paint pottery using cotton swabs and underglaze. Needless to say, Ann comes up with several clever ideas for using the swabs to paint. Check out her lovely irises.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners at all levels.
Clay lover's events
Potter Roberto Lugo and
his "modern spin on classic teapots"
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 COVID-19 and for masking and other requirements.

Maiolica Pottery. Ann M. Tubbs. Combines a love of drawing with three-dimensional clay work. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. Now-June 3. (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 . . .

Ceramics: Slip Cast & Hand Built Forms. Deb Saravolatz. Covers two different stages of Deb Saravolatz’s ceramics. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. June 13-August 26. (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 . . .

Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: Ceramics. Susan Crowell. Applies the science and aesthetics of botany and beekeeping in creating ceramic sculpture. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. June 13-August 26. (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 . . .

Restrained/Unrestrained. Flint Institute of Art. Now-July 17. Works made to enclose and hold materials. More . . .

Around the World in Blue and White. Selections from the William C. Weese Collection of Chinese Ceramics. University of Michigan Museum of Art. Ongoing. More . . .

Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands. Toledo Museum of Art. April 23-July 17. Includes an array of historically significant ceramics. More . . .

Walk on the Wild Side: Animals in three-dimensional works of various time periods in stone, ceramic, and glass. Flint Institute of Art. August 6, 2022- February 5, 2023. 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!

Interview with Roberto Lugo. Philadelphia potter Lugo features the faces of his personal heroes on his teapots. More . . .

Jun Kaneko | Exhibition Walkthrough. Look closely at the trompe-l'oeil trees wall hanging. Traver Gallery. More . . .

Women of Woodfire 2021 Walkthrough. Work by women who incorporate wood firing into their ceramic practice. Eutectic Gallery. More . . .

And three from Colossal:
Objects of time recreated in hundreds of porcelain layers by Anne Butler. More . . . Don't miss the accompanying video.
Playful botanical forms with bold motifs by Ariana Heinzman. More . . .
Vibrant street mosaics mend potholes and more by Ememem. More . . .
Other events
A group of Michigan artists, with the sponsorship of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America, has organized an art sale fundraiser to help the children victimized by the war in Ukraine. They are asking artists to join their effort by making a donation of art for the sale.

The sale will be hosted on Saturday, June 18, at the CultureVerse Gallery, 309 S. Main Street. One hundred per cent of the sales will go to children in Ukraine. You can learn more about the sale and how to donate art here.
Unforgettable Dinnerware
In episode 4 of IMoDD's lecture series about dinnerware, "Setting the Standard for Setting the Table: Modern Women Textile Designers," guests Lindsay Pracht and Gregory Spinner will share favorite tablecloths. Join in via Zoom on June 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Planning in progress
Plate by Bede Clark
Michigan Mud returns
The MCAA is planning for Michigan Mud 2022, to be held October 14-15 in Traverse City. Bede Clark (plate shown) will keynote. Planners are looking for your suggestions for topics of interest and presenters.

Call for entries
Entomophagous Dining
That's a fancy term for "eating insects," the theme of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design's call for entries for its Fifth Biennial Juried Exhibition. The entry deadline is January 31, 2023, so you have plenty to time to get ready.

Resources for potters
In vogue
As a fan of Oribe ware, which is drawing new interest in the ceramics world, I was delighted to come across this video of Eiji Kumamoto hand building an elegant Oribe spouted bowl. Kumamoto covers the process from start to finish, including the Oribe style surface design and glazing. (Note: If the music for the video sounds a bit distorted, just mute the video. There are no spoken instructions.)

According to Wikipedia, "Oribe ware . . . is a type of Japanese stoneware recognized by its freely-applied glaze as well as its dramatic visual departure from the more somber, monochrome shapes and vessels common in Raku ware of the time." You can read more about Oribe ware here.
Double dessert!
From Ondo Studio comes this video demonstrating how to throw graceful two-tiered plates. Twice as much dessert for everyone!

Hand builders, make the plates and stem using your favorite hand building techniques, then join the parts.
Here's potter Jeremy Randall showing how he uses the Templatemaker web tool to easily custom-produce printable templates for hand building. As Randall explains, Templatemaker enables you to specify the measurements for your template, then does all the math calculations to produce it for you.

You may recognize this site as one we've recommended in the past. We're bringing it to your attention again because it's been updated since our last visit, with more shapes and new file formats, including Cricut. Use of the site is still free, although you might want to treat the maker to a coffee as thanks for doing all that math.

And here's a handy clay shrinkage calculator that tells you what the wet dimensions of your pieces should be depending on the dry dimensions you want to achieve and the clay body you are using.
Studio and Gallery hours
Here are our current open studio hours for 2022:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-9:00 pm
  • Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, 12:00-6:00 pm

We are now open until 9:00 pm on Wednesdays through July. 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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