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Garden party!
We're throwing a garden party on Friday, May 3 , from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with pottery, plants, and plenty of good company and yummy refreshments.
Come browse our selection of nature-inspired pottery while you talk gardens with our artists, many of whom share your passion for gardening, and our other guests. The party continues from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 4 . The show runs through June 30 .

Participating artists include Nancy Bulkley, Darcy Bowden, Michael Donley, Cindy Fink, Erica Fink, Rose Gomez, Stephen Kerr, Jessica Krivan, Mike Krivan, Oksana Linda, Felix Nichol, Annusree Sattaluri, Josette Steele, Dave Timm, Marilyn Tripp, Steve Warrington, and Kay Yourist.

Do join us.
Totem Towers begins May 1
Yes, there is still time . . .
. . . for you to realize your own personal towering achievement in clay. Join teachers Jessica Krivan and Dave Timm for this unique and lively class.

Wednesdays, May 1-June 5
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Grow your skills . . .
. . . in our upcoming spring-into-summer classes . What better time than the growing season to cultivate your own pottery-making skills and make them blossom? Our Early Bird Discount is now in effect for our 6-week classes, so sign up today . This is our last semester of classes until September!

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
Early Bird discount in effect through May 5
  • Mon, May 20-July 1, 7:00-9:00 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson
  • Thurs, May 23-June 27, 12:30- 2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, May 23-June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
Early Bird discount in effect through May 12
  • Sun, June 2-July 7, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm.

Coffee and Clay
Early Bird discount in effect through May 5
  • Sat, May 25-June 29, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Early Bird discount in effect through May 12
  • Wed, June 5-July 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, May 18, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

Kids Clay Mornings
  • Mon-Fri, June 17-21, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Coming soon: Enrichment Series workshops
Don't miss our two Enrichment Series workshops scheduled this summer. They are designed to let you concentrate in depth on a single skill or technique.
Boot Camp for Throwers
with Kay Yourist
Fri, Jun 28,10:00 am-2:00 pm . If you've taken an introductory class yet still feel challenged to get that clay centered and to throw a centered pot, this workshop is for you. Early Bird Discount in effect through May 25.

Paper, Scissors, Slip
with Nancy Bulkley
Sat, July 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Learn how to cut out paper designs and transfer your cutout images to your slabs with slip. All experience levels are welcome. Early Bird Discount available in effect through May 25.

At the studio
Too close for comfort
Our bisqueware shelves are packed. If you have bisqueware from April on our shelves, please come glaze it for firing or collect it and take it home by May 31 . Any unclaimed bisqueware remaining after that date will be discarded.
Studio housekeeping
When you are cleaning up after yourself at the studio, it's easy to overlook the humble ware board . Please make sure you clean all clay off the wood and drywall ware boards when you finish using them. Help keep our studio clean and healthy by washing clay from every surface, including ware boards, before it has a chance to dry and go airborne.
Ready, load, fire
We're planning an early May gas kiln firing. But we have one contingency: we need enough pieces to fill up the kiln right away! So, if you have pieces to glaze and want to get in on this firing, come to the studio and glaze now.

Loading : Wednesday, May 8
Firing : Friday, May 10

Be sure to check with the studio for the latest gas kiln firing schedule.
Where's Tool Time?
Tool Time will be working at the In the Garden show this month. See our June issue for Tool Time's next appearance. Meanwhile, be sure to take a look at our tool shop when you visit the show. We have a BIG selection in our small shop and we're open six days a week during gallery hours.

I f you have topics you'd like Kay to cover in her free Tool Time demonstrations, please let us know . We're interested in hearing from you.

Two cool cats
Two cool cats
Meet Tiggalo and Tigs , besties who enjoy spending time together gazing out the window. Tiggalo, on the left, was made from studio mix clay by Yourist student Sebastian Buczek and stands about one foot high. Companion Tigs, on the right, is made from fur and tuna and sits about 16 inches high. I hear that the Buczek's other cat is not so sure about Tiggalo yet.

Thanks to Sebastian and Lisa Buczek for this item.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I'm always on the lookout for new handle-making ideas and tips. Got any suggestions for me?

A . How about a video from Ceramic Arts Network showing how potter Josh DeWeese adds a little "whoopty-do" to his cups by pulling a "gooseneck" handle off the pot? You can admire a variety of pieces by Josh DeWeese here .
Clay lover's events calendar
Plates by Nancy Bulkley
Westside Art Hop

Peter Pincus and Adam Welch: On Differentiation and Affinity . Now-May 6, 2019. Pewabic. More...

Ann Arbor Westside Art Hop . Sunday, May 19, 2019. 10:00 am-5:00 pm. See Nancy's pieces at 502 Soule Blvd. More...

Darcy R. Bowden: Shape Shifting: Surface and Form in Clay . Now -June 7 , 2019. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. More...

Rezgar Mamandi: Manna Pottery . Now -June 7 , 2019. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. More...

Butter . April 6–August 25, 2019. Third Biennial National Juried Exhibition presented by the International Museum of Dinnerware Design. Museum on Main Street. More...
Resources for potters
Raku firing
Raku firing opportunity
Get ready to raku with Ned A. Krouse on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 . Choose either day or both. The cost is $40 per session for up to six pieces. Glazes are provided. The studio will open at 9:00 am on both days. Call or email Ned with any questions or special requests.

Ned A Krouse
5413 Meridian Road
Haslett, MI 48840
H: (517) 347-6945
C: (517) 643-2636

Thanks to Joanne Daniels for sharing this event.
Applying gradient color
Potter Kip O'Krongly demonstrates how she applies gradient color to her pieces in this video from Ceramic Arts Network . And she does it using only brushes. No need to fire up the glaze sprayer. See more of Kip O'Krongly's work with gradient color here .
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

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