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Timetable for moving
It's happening! We've started removing shelves and packing up the Broadway studio. Kevan Wilson leads the crew, and he and Steve Rodriguez are doing a great job. Dave Timm is making some perfect working tables for our new studio and helping to design our new space. We are working at a steady pace to transfer our studio across town in a timely manner.
The moving dates you need to know:

Thursday, May 6
Last gas kiln firing at Broadway studio. Not ready? Save your bisque ware for firing in our new gas kiln.

Thursday, May 20
Deadline for residents and students to clear all their belongings from the studio. Don't leave anything behind.

Wednesday, May 26
Projected moving date. Your help is welcome.

Can you lend a hand?

We are closing in on a moving date and it looks like Wednesday May 26. If you are able to, please help us to load our trucks with anything from an armful of books to a box of clay to a portion of our heavier equipment.

If you can’t lift but are willing to help, join us in cleaning the studio once we have moved out. We are posting a sign-up sheet for everyone willing to help. We thank you so much!

Meanwhile, be sure to register for the first semester of classes at 6087 Jackson Road.
Recent works featured
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The debut classes... our new studio at 6087 Jackson Road, will begin on Saturday, June 5. Claim your place now in the first classes to be held in the new facility. Sign up for our wheel classes by May 10 to receive an Early Bird tuition discount.

Here's our summer class schedule:

BIG Pots + New class!
  • Wed, Jun 23-Jul 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Diana Pancioli.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Jun 7-Jul 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Thurs, Jun 10-Jul 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Jun 10-Jul 15, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Jun 10-Jul 15, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thurs, Jun 10-Jul 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount for these classes available through May 10.

Introductory Wheel Saturdays New class!
  • Sat, Jun 19-Jul 24, 9:30-11:30 am, with Adam Shrewsbury
Early Bird Discount available through May 10.

Introductory Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Jun 6-Jul 11, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with Aaron Cole
Early Bird Discount available through May 10.

Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Jun 6-Jul 11, 1:30-3:30 pm, with Aaron Cole
Early Bird Discount available through May 10.

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)
  • Wed, Jun 9-Jul 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Jun 5-Jul 10, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Coming this fall

Plan ahead! These fall classes for advanced and intermediate students are now open for enrollment:

Advanced and Intermediate Clay
  • Tue, Aug 31-Nov 30, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Alex Pratt
Early Bird Discount available through June 15.

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, Sep 1-Dec 1, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through June 15.

Featured class
Making big pots
from extrusions
Big Pots +

Diana Pancioli wrote the book on extruding, and she is about to publish her second. In this rare opportunity, Diana will share and teach her expertise in creating forms with an extruder, which has made it possible to build large pots better, faster, and more easily than the classic coiling method.

The BIG Pots + class, to be held on Wednesdays, June 23-July 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, will teach you a new kind of hand building construction with the aid of an extruder, a plastic template, and a cardboard pattern. By the end of your 6-week semester, you will have made and completed a large terra cotta vessel and other smaller works.

This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the extruder, whether you are a beginner or seasoned hand builder.

Studio life
Welcome, Aaron Cole

Meet new instructor Aaron Cole. Aaron stumbled into ceramics when he took a one-month intensive study to fulfill a general art education college requirement. He quickly realized a passion for the craft, graduating from Spring Arbor University with a BA in Ceramics.

Aaron co-founded the Jackson Pottery and Clay Guild, host of "Three Days of Clay," which featured visiting artists from the US and beyond. He began teaching pottery classes through the Ann Arbor Art Center while working at Motawi Tileworks, and has taught Tile Making, Hand Building, and Beginner/Advanced Throwing.
Ready, glaze, fire!

We will load our last gas kiln firing at the Broadway studio on

Thursday, May 6

So glaze those pots now! Can't make this date? Don’t worry, we are installing a new gas kiln at 6087 Jackson Road. Just take your bisque ware home until the time is right.
Ready, set, move!

Students and residents: please clear your shelves and take your clay, bisque ware, and finished glaze ware home by Thursday, May 20. We cannot be responsible for transporting your pots or personal belongings.
Call for instructors

We are looking for professional ceramicists who are also experienced instructors to teach in our new studio. To apply, send your resume and six images of your work to Kay.

For more information, call the studio at 734-662-4914 and ask for Kay
Studio interns needed

Exciting opportunity to work in a spacious new studio. Interns should know how to mix glaze, mop floors, load kilns, and perform other typical studio duties. If you are interested, please send your resume and images of your work to Kay.

For more information, call the studio at 734-662-4914 and ask for Kay.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I've noticed that glazes formulated for dipping are not very brushable. Is there any way to make these glazes brush-friendly?

A. In this video from Ceramic Arts Network, ceramic artist Brenda Quinn shows how she prepares and uses CMC Gum to make dipping glazes brushable and stampable. Be sure to heed Quinn's warning about converting dipping glazes to brushable glazes in small batches.

You can view a selection of Quinn's work at Artaxis.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's events
Coffee With Euclid by Paul Eshelman
International Museum of
Dinnerware Design

On-site exhibitions

Area art museums are beginning to open again. We'll let you know when new ceramics exhibitions are on display. Add these to your calendar.

Stacks: Ceramics. Lauren Herzak-Bauman. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. March 15-June 4. (Note: this exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors.) More . . .

Breakfast: Fourth Biennial Invitational and Juried Exhibition. Now open! International Museum of Dinnerware Design. April 10-August 28. More . . .

3D: Focus on the Figure. Flint Institute of Arts. May 8-August 29. This exhibition features sculptures in various media, including clay. More . . .

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector. Flint Institute of Arts. July 12-November 27. More . . .
Virtual tours and videos

Here's a selection of pottery events, exhibitions, and museum tours that you can visit and enjoy online.

International Ceramic Artists Network. Flair with Dinnerware. Now-May 20. More . . .

29th Annual Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour. May 7-9. More . . .

The Ceramic Congress. Online pottery workshops from The Ceramic School. May 27-31. Kudos to Joanne Daniels for this find. More . . .

One Table Oodles of Dishes. This exhibition from The International Museum of Dinnerware Design is now on display. Click on a cup and watch as the table is set with the tableware to which the cup belongs. (Be patient; this takes a second.) Scroll down to learn the story of the tableware.

Clay Art Center. Pay a virtual visit to the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, and enjoy their online lectures, demos, and exhibitions. Big thanks to our friend, Joanne Daniels, for this tip. More . . .
Resources for potters
Forming a domed lid
A perfect fit! Noted potter Tom Coleman demonstrates the nifty drop method he uses for forming a dome on the large lid he has thrown for a jar.

You can adore a selection of Tom Coleman's porcelain here.
Gas kiln for sale
Gas kiln for sale
20 cubic-foot outdoor gas kiln for sale. 28 x 28 x 48 loading capacity. Non-electric kiln with Venturi burners. Built by Tom Phardel. It fires beautifully, producing great shino results with carbon trapping and copper reds. We are moving and can't take it with us.

The kiln is held together with a steel frame and must be dismantled and rebuilt in its new location. You will need to supply a cement slab for the kiln, an overhang for weather protection, and a chimney. Some of the required gas piping is included with the kiln This is a superb kiln for a do-it-yourselfer.
The kiln cost $20,000 to build. We are asking $2,500.00. It will be available to move by May 15. Possibly sooner. For more information, call the studio at 734-662-4914 and ask for Kay.
Studio and Gallery hours
Here are our current open studio hours for 2021:

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

Please be aware that we will continue to adjust our open studio hours as additional classes on our schedule start and activity restrictions are lifted. As is customary, only registered students will be admitted to the studio during class times.

We limit our indoor capacity to 13 students at the pottery wheels, 2 students in the glazing room, and 2 students at the large work table. We will continue to observe all our health and safety precautions during open studio time.

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 also have curbside delivery of clay, tools, and pottery during our regular hours. If you have a specific need, please call Kay at the studio, during regular hours, at 734-662-4914.

Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

•Classes and workshops
•Community studio workspace
•Pottery tools for sale
•Exhibit gallery