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Breaking: Governor Whitmer has just issued a new order on when businesses may resume operation. We will let you know how this affects our class schedule as soon as we can determine how the new order applies to the studio.

Our classes are slated to resume by the third week of May, but we will move them to coincide with extensions of our Governor’s shelter in place orders as necessary. We will keep you informed of any changes. Please know that any class you sign up for is yours to take.
Each Introductory and Continuing Wheel class and the Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study class in our spring class lineup provide two possible meeting times for you to choose from. We are offering two sessions of these classes in order to limit their size.

We want you to feel safe and comfortable so our classes will be smaller and students will be more spread out. To achieve this spacing, we will use our gallery space along with an outdoor tent facility during the warm months. We will clean up in a timed, orderly fashion to limit the use of the sinks to one person at a time.

Rest assured that we will follow CDC guidelines for a safe environment while having fun getting our hands in clay again!
New spring class lineup:

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, May 20-Aug 5, 5:00-7:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Wed, May 20-Aug 5, 7:30-10:00 pm, with Kay Yourist

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
Kevan Wilson
  • Mon, May 18-June 29, 5:15-7:15 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Mon, May 18-June 29, 7:30-9:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson

Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, May 21-June 25, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, May 21-June 25, 1:15 am-3:15 pm, with Nancy Bulkle

Kay Yourist
  • Thurs, May 21-June 25, 5:15-7:15 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thurs, May 21-June 25, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, May 17-June 21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with David Timm
  • Sun, May 17-June 21, 1:15-3:15 pm, with David Timm

Coffee and Clay
  • Wed, June 10-July 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, June 13-July 18, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley
Early Bird Discount available through May 10.

Friday Night Clay
  • Fri, June 12-July 17, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Jane White
Early Bird Discount available through May 15.

 Totem Towers
  • Wed, May 27-July 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, with David Timm
Interested in a new experience? Give throwing pottery on the wheel a try. Our Try It Once classes are a great place to start.

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

Our Try It classes are also great fun for groups of family or friends.
Make-up class schedule:

If you preregistered for the spring classes we had to cancel because of the COVID-19 emergency, your registration has been transferred to one of our new spring classes. You should have received an email from Kay about your rescheduled class time.
I f you were enrolled in a winter class that was interrupted by the COVID-19 emergency, you should have received an email from Kay about your make-up classes. Your class will continue weekly until your semester is complete. For most students this will be three weeks.

Students who were taking our Introductory and Continuing Wheel classes have two choices of times for taking their make-up classes. P lease call Kay at the studio from 1:00-5:00 pm Monday through Friday at 734-662-4914 to let her know your preference .
Our interrupted winter Advanced and Intermediate Clay class with Alex Pratt will resume its last three classes at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 19.

If you have any questions about our new or make-up classes, please call Kay at the studio from 1:00-5:00 pm Monday through Friday at 734-662-4914.
Heartfelt gratitude . . .
Another view of Kay's new bowls
Kay's new bowls
. . . to our community for its generous outpouring of support for our studio at this difficult time. Here are some ways you can join in, if you are able to:

1. We set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help us keep our studio afloat while we have to remain closed. We've set a new goal, so let's keep it going.

If you haven't seen our Go Fund Me campaign and can consider helping us to sustain our studio, your support in any amount would mean so much to all of us who look forward to coming back to the studio as soon as it is safe for us.

Just a reminder: we would like to show our appreciation for your support by offering one of Kay’s hand thrown garlic dishes if you donate $25 or more. For a donation of $50 or more, you will also receive a 10% discount card on any purchase for one year along with your garlic dish. For a gift of $100 or more, you will receive Kay’s garlic dish, a 10 % discount for future purchases, and a Nancy Bulkley pinch pot.

2. Another option for supporting the studio is to make a purchase of Kay's new works of pottery . Kay has made three sizes of beautiful bowls, which you can see above. They are priced at $50, $75, and $100. They will be available for pickup as soon as we reopen or shipped at that time as well.

These bowls will be available by phone for purchase beginning March 30, Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm EST. Our phone # 734-662-4914

3 . We also ask you to consider purchasing a Pick Your Own Price gift certificate for any future purchase of goods or classes.

Any of these things will help us to stay afloat until we can reopen, and we thank you one thousand times over for your incredible support.
Studio life
Here are more beautiful pots from our latest glaze firings. If you are the maker, your pot will be waiting for you when the studio reopens.
New pot from the kiln
New pot from the kiln
New pot from the kiln
New pot from the kiln
New pot from the kiln
New pot from the kiln
New pot from the kiln
Elsewhere . . .
. . . Yourist teacher Nancy Bulkley returns with a video demonstrating how to make ceramic stamps. So watch, then make a 100 stamps of your own if you brought your studio clay home. If not, sketch 100 ideas for stamps you can make when you're back in the studio. A big round of applause, please, for Nancy and for Nina, her camera wrangler.
Yourist student Victor Chen welcomes May with another beautiful musical video for us. Here, accompanied by his wife on the piano, he plays The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens.

Next, prepare to be amazed as Victor times four plays Sweet Child O' Mine. Encore, Victor. And thank you.
The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens

Sweet Child O' Mine
So what are you doing to cope during this challenging time? Please let us know . All your stories and suggestions, including videos and photos, are welcome.
Potter's quick tip
Q. Got any tips for making a consistent set of pinch bowls?

A . In days 35 and 36 of her "quarantine distraction" videos, potter and teacher Karan Witham-Walsh demonstrates her method for making pinch bowls that match in size and shape. The video includes lots of helpful tips, including how to think about the shape of your bowls, make shape templates, roll coils, and use rasps and ribs to shape and smooth your bowls.

Witham-Walsh continues her demonstration on day 36 here . If you make a set of pinch bowls at home, set them aside to dry, then bring them into the studio for firing once we're all back in business.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's web events
Delicious Dish Distractions with Waffles
The International Museum of Dinnerware Design
A selection of pottery events, exhibitions, and museum tours that you can visit and enjoy online.
Virtual tours and videos

Delicious Dish Distractions...with Waffles. The International Museum of Dinnerware Design . More . . .

Delicious Dish Distractions...with Sushi. The International Museum of Dinnerware Design . More . . .

Ceramic Art London 2019. Video. Inspiration galore. More . . .

Wayne Higby on the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. Video. Ceramic masterpieces at the museum. More . . .

Jugtown & Mark Hewitt Pottery. Video. Jugtown yesterday and today. Do not miss this. More . . .

ClayShareCon 2020. Archive of 5 days of free pottery-making videos from Jessica Putnam-Phillips. More . . .

Ceramic Review: Masterclass with Barbara Gittings. Video. More . . .
Call for entries

Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition: Breakfast.  April 10 – August 28, 2021, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design . More . . .
Resources for potters
Why clay?
Sure, we all dig clay, but did you ever ask yourself why clay is the perfect material for making pottery? Learn the science behind clay in this video from UNC-TV Science. See work by featured potter Ben Owen III here (check out his purple haze) and read about his Jugtown connection here .
Just for fun
It really wasn't her day . . .
Studio and Gallery hours
Gallery/Tool Shop hours:
Tues-Wed 12-6 PM
Thurs-Sat 10 AM-6 PM
Sun 4-8 PM
Open Studio hours:
Tues, Wed, Sat 12-6 PM
Thurs 10 AM-12 PM, 3-6 PM
Fri 10 AM-6 PM
Sun 4-8 PM
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1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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