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Holiday decorations
Are we having a holiday show and sale this year? You bet. We're in the midst of planning it now, reinventing and scaling it back for safety during the pandemic. Watch for more information, coming soon.
Marisol Barcelata at work
on a sculpture in our tent
Year-end classes...
...and more. We're winding up our 2020 classes and will give you a tasty sample of what's coming in 2021.
Last chance!

We still have limited seats available in these classes, which start soon:

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Mon, Nov 2-Dec 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson

Coffee and Clay
  • Wed, Nov 4-Dec 23, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

Coming this month

Our morning Introductory Wheel Sundays class teaches students basic throwing skills, from how to sit at the wheel, to centering clay and making, trimming, and glazing their pots. Our afternoon Continuing Wheel Sundays class is designed for continuing students who want to expand their throwing skills and refine their finishing techniques.

Introductory Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Nov 15-Dec 20, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount available through November 1.

Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Nov 15-Dec 20, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount available through November 1.

We also have a Try It class on our November schedule.
Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Nov 21, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

On the horizon

Alex Pratt returns to the studio for our Advanced and Intermediate Clay class beginning in January, 2021:

Advanced and Intermediate Clay
  • Tue, Jan 5-Apr 6, 6:30-9:30 pm, with Alex Pratt
Early Bird Discount available through December 3.

And we are pleased to welcome master ceramic artist John Leyland to our educational lineup with a Friday evening advanced class:

Advanced / Intermediate Fridays
  • Fri, Jan 8-Apr 9, 6:30-9:30 pm, with John Leyland
Early Bird Discount available through December 3.

Be on the lookout for the rest of our Winter 2021 class schedule, which we will publish soon.

Reserve your seat in these classes early and receive a discount.

All of our studio health and safety precautions, including those for students, will be in effect for these classes.

If you have any questions about our classes, please call Kay at the studio from 1:00-5:00 pm Monday through Friday at 734-662-4914.
Studio life
Pieces with faces on the Wall of Flame
Faces rule... this recent photo of our Wall of Flame--along with a few colorful legs. From green ware to finished pieces, our shelves are loaded with work of impressive creativity. Congratulations to our students and resident artists. We can't wait to see what you will create next.
Adorable clay monster
Speaking of faces...
Do you recognize me? I'm at the studio waiting for my creator to come and claim me. I've been here for a while, so I was scheduled to be consigned to the discards bin. But a kind soul at the studio rescued me from that sad fate because I'm just so darned adorable.
If I'm your creative clay creature, please come get me. Prospective parents, who will love me and put me to good use, are clamoring to adopt me.
Ready, glaze, fire!
Here's the tentative date for loading wares for our November gas kiln firing:

Wednesday, November 18

As usual, we will load and fire in November when we have accumulated enough pieces to fill the kiln. Be sure to check with the studio for November gas kiln firing updates.

Start getting ready now because November 18 will be here before you know it!
Too close, too close...
..for comfort. That's how the pieces sitting on our overflowing bisque shelves find themselves. If you have bisque ware on our shelves that was fired in October, please glaze it or pick it up and take it home by Saturday, November 28. Regrettably, any unclaimed bisque ware remaining after that date must be discarded to make room for new work. (And we hate doing that!)
Potter's quick tip
Q. Oops, my trimming tool slipped and I'm left with a messed up foot. Do you have any suggestions for fixing it?

A. Watch and learn as potter and teacher Karan Witham-Walsh demonstrates three solutions for fixing a foot that's been botched in the trimming.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's web events
The Eyes Have It by Robin Hentschel
Clay Art Center: Connections
On-site exhibitions

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

Michigan Ceramics 2020 Biennial Exhibition & Competition. October 16 - November 12, Michigan Ceramic Arts Association (MCAA). More . . .
Virtual tours and videos

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

Michigan Ceramics 2020 Biennial Exhibition & Competition. Now - November 12. Virtual tour at Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center. More . . .

Clay Art Center: Connections. Now - December 31. Ceramic and other artists' responses to the COVID-19 crisis. More . . .

2020 NCECA Annual: The Burdens of History. Online book of the exhibition. More . . .

The Clay Studio: 100 Artists 1000 Cups. Online book of the exhibition.
Call for entries

Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition: Breakfast.  April 10 – August 28, 2021, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design. More . . .
Resources for potters
To your very good health!
Now is a great time to make some celebratory goblets for the holidays. In her second visit this issue, potter and teacher Karan Witham-Walsh shows how to hand build a goblet from two pinched pieces.

Here's to better days for all in 2021.
Studio and Gallery hours
Here are our current open studio hours:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-5:00 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 have fresh-air tent space available and limit our indoor capacity to 10 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 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. We will keep you posted on changes in hours in our mailings and here on our website. If you have a specific need, please call Kay at the studio from 1:00-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, at 734-662-4914.

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

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