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News, Events, and Inspiration ◊ May, 2022
Get a jump...
Jennifer Flores decorating
with underglazes
...on enrolling in summer classes and save. Early registration for our 6-week June-July classes is now open. Act quickly to receive our Early Bird Discount on tuition.

Also on our calendar are two classes starting this week, our Try It Once on the Wheel test drive in mid-May, our fall Advanced and Intermediate Clay class, and a free talk and demonstration by Maxwell Davis, who will teach the fall Advanced and Intermediate Clay class.

Here's our schedule of summer classes:
Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Jun 6-Jul 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Wed, Jun 15-Jul 20, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Kristina Chetcuti
  • 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
Early Bird Discount valid through May 15.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Fridays
  • Fri, Apr 22-May 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Daria Paik
Early Bird Discount valid through May 15.

Introductory Wheel Saturdays
  • Sat, Jun 11-July 16, 9:30-11:30 am, with Laila Chalati/Kristina Chetcuti
Early Bird Discount valid through May 15.

Introductory Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Jun 12-Jul 17, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount valid through May 15.

Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Jun 12-Jul 17, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount valid through May 15.

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
Early Bird Discount valid through May 7.

Hand Building
  • Thurs, Jun 16-Jul 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Megan Gizzi
Early Bird Discount valid through May 15.

Starting right now

There's still a day or two left to join these classes.

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Tue, May 3-Jul 19, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist
If you would like to join mid-term, give the studio a call.

Hand Building
  • Thurs, May 5-Jun 9, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Megan Gizzi


Experience the appeal of the pottery wheel in our Try It Once on the Wheel class:

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, May 14, 1:00-2:30 pm, with YSG Team

Coming this 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.

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
Extended hours
The studio is now open until 9:00 pm on Wednesdays through July, giving you more time to get those open studio hours in.
Help us solve...
...the mystery of the whereabouts of Kristen's woven bowl. We suspect it went missing from the studio in a case of mistaken identity. Kristen made her bowl with speckled clay, glazed it with clear glaze, and believes she stamped her initials, KA, on the bottom. The bowl is 7 to 8 inches in diameter.

Woven bowls are a popular form at the studio, so if you've recently made a bowl like this, please check to make sure you didn't pick up Kristen's bowl by accident.
Missing bowl at the studio
If you find Kristen's bowl, please return it to the studio for her. And let's all be sure to avoid any mix-ups in the future by marking our own pieces clearly and checking the markings on pieces similar to ours.
Meet Maxwell Davis
We are delighted to welcome highly accomplished, multi-talented artist Maxwell Davis, who will join us this fall to teach our 14-week, Wednesday evening Advanced and Intermediate Clay class.

After earning an MFA in ceramics from the University of Michigan, Davis taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit from 1974 until he retired in 2018. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in all areas of ceramics including wheel throwing, hand building, and various types of kiln construction and firing.
Progressing from ceramics, Davis spent the remainder of his career teaching interdisciplinary studies including glasswork, both blowing and cold work construction; woodworking; metalworking; and Art Furniture design and manufacturing. Over the years he has specialized in combining materials, concept development, and communication in the making of 3-dimensional objects.

Davis has exhibited in over 130 regional, national, and international shows and competitions and has been privately collected by dozens of furniture and fine art collectors, including the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He’s also been a featured artist on HGTV’s “Modern Masters” and “Look What I Did."
Job opportunities
Reminder: Yourist Studio Gallery is seeking experienced ceramics instructors to join our teaching staff. 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.
Are your pots...

...from April still sitting on our shelves patiently waiting for you? There's a deadline ahead. On May 31, we must free our shelves of all the bisque and glaze ware that has accumulated there in April.

  • 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.
4-28 Masking update

The CDC has lifted the universal masking advisory for communities where the risk of transmission is low or medium as determined by the CDC. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 community transmission level risk in Washtenaw County remains at Medium as of April 28.

Please see the prevention steps the CDC advises for communities at medium risk on its COVID by County page to gauge whether you should wear a mask at the studio to protect yourself and those around you. 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 like to add a graceful finish to a set of bowls I plan to make. Can you suggest how I might do this simply but with style?

A. How about dressing up the rims of your bowls? Take a look at this video from potter Bill Van Gilder showing how he crimps the rims of his bowls to add elegance. Van Gilder says he gets a result that's "a lot simpler and easier [to do] than it looks."

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners at all levels.
Clay lover's events
Potter Magdalene Odundo makes
magnificent hand-coiled vessels
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 . . .

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 Magdalene Odundo. Odundo incorporates traditional Nigerian coiling techniques in her breathtaking large coiled vessels. More . . .

Ashraf Hanna, "Dare to dream, dare to hope." Contemporary ceramic making from the Middle East. Victoria and Albert Museum More . . .

Celebrating Women Artists-Ceramic Expressions 5th Edition, 2022. Mulan Gallery. More . . .

And three from Colossal:

Lanky bud vases with minimal faces by Sandra Apperloo. More . . .
Spiny amorphous sea creatures by Marguerita Hagan. More . . .
Botanical imprints on dinnerware by Hessa Al Ajmani. More . . .
Other events
Friends at Front Porch Studio Sale
Local artists, including our own Nancy Bulkley, offer ceramics, weaving, clothing, fine art, jewelry, book art, copper metal works, and fine chocolate at this sale.
Plus, weather permitting, there will be blacksmithing demos.

May 21-22
10 am-5 pm (Sat.), 11 am-4 pm (Sun.)
1219 Traver St., Ann Arbor
Ceramics by Nancy Bulkley
Unforgettable Dinnerware
The third episode of IMoDD's lecture series about dinnerware, "The Unforgettable Dinnerware of Julia Galloway," with emphasis on her endangered species series, will take place via Zoom on May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Fong Choo workshop
West Michigan Potters Guild
The Grand Rapids Pottery
Grand Rapids, MI
May 14-15, 9am-4pm

Planning in progress
Vessal 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 (vessel at left) 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
A gift for mom?
Thinking of making a special gift of pottery for mom this month? Consider this charming hand-built drawstring vase from Eiji Kumamoto of Japan Golden Pottery. Kumamoto's video clearly demonstrates every step of the process, and you may learn a new trick or two, like a handy use for an old stocking. If you work on the wheel, throw a cylinder and alter it by hand as shown in the video.
Elevate your bowls
Take your bowls to the next level by elevating them on neatly trimmed feet. Potter Florian Gadsby demonstrates how to throw bowls with feet, which he then trims into three different styles. This video follows Gadsby's meticulous process, from centering his clay on the wheel through reduction firing.

Visit Gadsby's gallery of work here. Gadsby is also amazingly generous in sharing videos of his fails. Here's an example.

Hand builders, you can make these bowls, too. Use your favorite hand-building techniques to make the bowls and stems, then join them.
"I tried to make a mug...
...but I couldn't handle it." Potter Florian Gadsby makes a second appearance this month as he gives complete novice Tom Scott a lesson in throwing pottery. So what could go wrong? Well, despite his title for the video, Scott does surprisingly well.
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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•Pottery tools for sale
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