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How does your garden grow?
Artists, clockwise:
Stephen Kerr, Nancy Bulkley, and Caron Valentine-Marsh
Whether you do your gardening on acres of land, in a bed or two in your yard, on your windowsill or balcony, or in the corner of a room, our In the Garden show offers a variety of striking handmade pottery to complement your garden. You'll find delightful pieces from bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, cachepots, watering cans, plant markers vases, wind chimes, toad houses, and more, made by our resident artists and advanced students, many of whom share your enthusiasm for gardening.

Please join us!

In the Garden:
Pottery Inspired by Nature
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm

Our celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Introducing our Enrichment Series
of workshops
We're excited to introduce our new Enrichment Series of workshops, one-day sessions that will allow you to concentrate in depth on a single form or technique.

Making Teapots
With Kay Yourist
Fri, Jun 15, 9:30 am-2:30 pm . For intermediate to advanced students with basic to advanced throwing skills. Experienced hand builders are also welcome. Early Bird Discount available through May 12.

Box Making
With Nancy Bulkley
Fri, Jul 13, 9:30 am-2:30pm . All levels of experience are welcome to learn multiple ways of making ceramic boxes, with special attention to functional lids.
Early Bird Discount available through May 12.

Silkscreening on Clay
With Darcy Bowden
Fri, Aug 24, 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Learn this easy method of adding a new dimension to your clay surface by applying your own drawings or found images.

Grow your skills... one of our summer classes. Sure, summer is for gardening, but it's also a great time for cultivating your pottery-making skills in our cool, comfortable studio. Here's our summer class lineup:
Enroll today to reserve your place and take advantage of our Early Bird Registration Discount.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Jun 4-Jul 9, 7:00-9:00 pm, Kevan O. Wilson
  • Thurs, Jun 7-Jul 12, 12:30- 2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Jun 7-Jul 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount available through May 7.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Jun 10-Jul 15, 1:30-3:30 pm, Steve Warrington
Early Bird Discount available through May 10.

Coffee and Clay
  • Sat, Jun 9-Jul 14, 9:30-11:30 am, Nancy Bulkley
Early Bird Discount available through May 7.

And don't miss our Enrichment Series of workshops scheduled during the summer. Check out the preceding article for more information

Starts today!
Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Tue, May 1-July 31, 6:30-9:00 pm, Kay Yourist

Also on our upcoming class schedule:

 Give the wheel a try
Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, May 12, 1:00-2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, June 9, 1:00-2:30 pm, Nancy Bulkley

Introduce the kids to clay
Kids' Clay Mornings
  • Mon-Fri, Jun 18-22, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Nancy Bulkley
Our only summer class for children is limited to 10 lucky participants, so avoid disappointment and enroll your kids ages 7-10 now.

Coming this fall
Advanced and Intermediate Clay
  • Tue, Sep 11-Dec 11, 6:30-9:30 pm, Alex Pratt
 Early Bird Discount available through July 30.

At the studio
Saturday open studio hours are changing
Beginning immediately, Saturday open studio hours will run from 12:00-6:00 pm . We're making this change to avoid studio congestion during class on Saturday mornings. Thank you for observing the new hours.
Reminder to advanced students
Now that this semester of advanced classes has ended, please pick up any remaining clay you have and take it home. We will begin recycling leftover clay after May 1 . Please let Kay know by May 2 if you have an issue with the deadline.
Our bisque shelves are groaning
Still have bisque ware from April on our shelves? Please come glaze it for firing or collect it and take it home by May 31 . Bisque ware remaining after that day will be discarded.
Ready, load, fire
Here's the tentative schedule for our next gas kiln firing:

Loading : Tuesday, May 15
Firing : Thursday, May 17
Unloading : Sunday, May 20

Remember, our gas kiln firing dates are based on the availability of enough works to fill the kiln, so start glazing now.
Tool Time: TBA
Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 17, at 4:30 pm , for the next free Tool Time demonstration by Kay. We'll announce the subject in the June newsletter. Plan to join us at demo time. You don't have to register beforehand.
Potter's quick tip
Q. Can you tell me how big to make my tiles so they're the right size after they've been fired?

A . Here's a video clip from Ceramic Arts Network in which potter Stephani Stevenson demonstrates how to make a shrink rule , a handy tool to help you account for clay shrinkage and get tiles and other finished pieces that are the right size.
Ceramics events calendar
John Woodward
Breaking with Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics at FIA

Breaking with Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics. Now-January 27, 2019. Flint Institute of Arts. More . . .

FUNction . Now-May 10. Janice Charach Gallery. Darcy Bowden, Nancy Bulkley, Stephen Kerr, and Kay Yourist are among the 50 artists whose work has been chosen for this exhibition of ceramics and furniture. More . . .

Susanne Stephenson: Transfigurement . Now-May 13. Pewabic . More . . .

Group Ceramics Show, WCC Faculty, Staff, and Students . Now-June 10. 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 . . .

Workshops and speakers

The Business of Being an Artist Speaker Series: The Art of Raising Money . May 16, 6:00-8:00 pm. Great Lakes Regional Training Center, Washtenaw Community College. More . . .
Resources for potters
Ingenious wax resist tips
When you wax the feet on your pieces, do you ever get wax resist where you don't want it? Or do you wish you had a way to do Mishima inlay without scraping? Then join potter Deb Schwartzkopf and her assistants at Rat City Studios for some clever wax resist tehniques that will solve these and other problems. You can see more of Deb Schwartzkopf's pieces here .
Yourist Studio Gallery
1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

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