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News, Events, Inspiration ◊ November 2023

Inside this issue: Holiday Show and Sale news. First-term class schedule is coming together. Videos on throwing consistent cylinders, how making pottery is giving formerly incarcerated people a second chance in life, throwing apple bakers, and decorating slabs with slips and underglazes. Plus exhibitions, events, and more.

Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale card

When you're planning...

...your to-do calendar for the holidays, be sure to include the gala 2023 Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale in your schedule.

 Opening day and artists' reception

Friday, December 8, 1:00-8:00 pm

Artists' Reception, 4:00-8:00 pm

The Holiday Show and Sale continues on

Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, December 10, 11:00-5:00 pm

Join us for the Artists' Reception on the opening day of the show and sale for the opportunity to chat with our artists about their work and show your support for them while you tour the displays and enjoy tasty holiday treats.

We're showcasing a wide array of unique, carefully hand-crafted ceramic works, from the functional to the decorative, by 30+ of our talented participants:

Kathryn Anastasia | Darcy Bowden | Nancy Bulkley | Laila Chalati | Patty Clark | Savanah Conrad | Luke Dillingham | Ellen Driscoll | Nick Glynos | Rose Gomez | Kristina Greenstone | Linda Heckenkamp | Judith Hoge | Jessica Krivan | Elan Lange | Jennifer MacLeod | Robin Mendenhall | Tempest NeuCollins | Beth Peterson | Averi Phan | Steve Rodriguez | Amy Roehrig | Brenda Shea | Keith Shoultz | Elisha Talley | Tiffani Todd | Caron Valentine-Marsh | Hosanna Vivas | Alison Walsh | Jeff Warrow | Kevan Wilson | Michelle Wineland | Deborah Wood | Kay Yourist.

We've extended the hours of the Show and Sale this year to give you more time to shop and enjoy the festivities with us. There is plenty of free parking on site. You'll find a map to our location here. We look forward to welcoming you.

After the Holiday Show and Sale, you can continue to shop at our gallery during our regular hours through December 23.

Now that the holidays...

Laila Chalati teaching a wheel class

Instructor Laila Chalati

teaching a wheel class

...have arrived, can our 2024 first-term classes be far behind? All of our Introductory and Continuing Wheel classes and our advanced classes are now open for registration, with an Early Bird Discount in effect through December 10, 2023.

We will post our 2024 first-term Coffee and Clay and Hand Building classes within the week, so keep an eye on our class registration page. And watch for more information about a new specialty class on making dinnerware, to be taught by Kristina Greenstone, that we are adding to our first-term class schedule.

Introductory and Continuing Wheel

  • Mon, Jan 15-Feb 19, 3:30-5:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Mon, Jan 15-Feb 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Wed, Jan 10-Feb 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Jenneva Kayser
  • Thu, Jan 11-Feb 15, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thu, Jan 11-Feb 15, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thu, Jan 11-Feb 15, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Thu, Jan 11-Feb 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Nick Glynos
  • Fri, Jan 12-Feb 16, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kristina Greenstone
  • Sat, Jan 13-Feb 17, 9:30-11:30 am, with Laila Chalati
  • Sun, Jan 14-Feb 18, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with Jenneva Kayser
  • Sun, Jan 14-Feb 18, 1:30-3:30 pm, with Jenneva Kayser

Early Bird Discount in effect through December 10.

Coffee and Clay (In studio or via Zoom)

  • To be announced

Hand Building

  • To be announced

Advanced and Intermediate Clay

  • Tue, Jan 9-Apr 16, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Elliot Kayser

Early Bird Discount in effect through December 10.

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study

  • Wed, Jan 10-Apr 17, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Rose Gomez

Early Bird Discount in effect through December 10.

Reserve your seat.

December Try It

Why not kick off the holiday season by trying something new, like throwing pottery on the wheel in our Try It class?

Try It Once on the Wheel

  • Sat, December 2, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist.

Sign up now.

Studio life

Keith Schoultz working on big bowl

Keith Schoultz perfecting

his big, beautiful bowl

Keith Schoultz is one of the accomplished artists whose stunning ceramic pieces will be available at the 2023 Yourist Studio Gallery Show and Sale.

Students: Please be aware that the studio will be unavailable for any clay work during the Holiday Show and Sale from December 8-10. So put down your pottery tools and please come join us at the show.

Are your pots...

...from October languishing on the studio shelves? There's a deadline ahead. On Thursday, November 30, we will remove all bisque ware and glaze ware that has accumulated on the shelves in October.

  • 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 November 30 must be discarded to make room for new work.

Job opportunity

Studio intern

We're interviewing potential studio interns for fall and winter to help with studio maintenance in exchange for studio use. The successful applicant should know how to mix glaze, load kilns, mop floors, and perform other typical studio duties. Please send a letter of interest, including your pottery studio experience, to Kay Yourist.

COVID-19 update

Please check the following links for current advisories on COVID transmission risk and hospitalization numbers in Washtenaw county:

CDC COVID By County page

Washtenaw County Health Department page

CDC currently updates its advisory weekly, as does the WCHD.

The studio will operate in accordance with the latest CDC and WCHD advisories. Thank you for helping us keep our studio safe and healthy for all students and members.

Potters quick tip

Throwing consistent cylinders video

Q. I'm having a hard time throwing cylinders of consistent thickness. How can I correct this problem?

A. Do your cylinders tear? Are the walls of your cylinders short and thick, or are they of uneven thickness? Are the rims of your cylinders wobbly? Potter Ben Shane returns to address these four problems with throwing cylinders and explain how to solve them.

These videos are part of our continuing series for beginners at all levels.

Clay lover's events

A new life for formerly incarcerated people through pottery video

People's Pottery Project,

community and decarceration

through clay

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 any current health precautions.

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 . . .

Pewabic: Detroit's Pottery: documents the pottery's past while celebrating the present. Pewabic Pottery. Ongoing. More . . .

Motawi Tileworks: A Celebration of 30 Years. Gifts of Art Gallery, Rogel Cancer Center. Now-December. This exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors. A link on the exhibition page will allow you to visit virtually. More . . .

SpotlightHear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina. More than 60 works by African American potters in the decades surrounding the Civil War. University of Michigan Museum of Art. August 26, 2023-January 7, 2024. More . . .

State Plates: Ceramics from the International Museum of Dinnerware Design. Commemorative earthenware state plates. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. September 5-December 1. This exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors. A link on the exhibition page will allow you to visit virtually. More . . .

Embracing Transformation: Ceramics by Kristin Kowalski. Sculptures reflecting the artist's appreciation for nature and its beauty. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. September 5-December 1. This exhibition is limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors. A link on the exhibition page will allow you to visit virtually. More . . .

Ruth Duckworth: Life as a Unity. "Traces the influence of geomorphology and the nascent environmental movement" in Duckworth's sculptural work in clay. Smart Museum, University of Chicago. September 21, 2023–February 4, 2024. (Thanks to Jess Krivan for this submission.) More . . .

Decorative by Design: 250 Years of Japanese Objects. Illustrating the Japanese concept of kazari, or the art of decoration and ornamentation. Flint Institute of Arts. September 23, 2023-April 23, 2024. More . . .

Jordy R. Poma: Las Curiosas. Ceramics that tell the stories of Peruvian wise women, natural beauty, and ancient traditions. Toledo Museum of Art. September 27, 2023-January 28, 2024. More . . .

Underneath Everything: Humility and Grandeur in Contemporary Ceramics. "Clay is the humblest of materials, often overlooked and more readily associated with a morning cup of coffee than with the international art world. But it is underneath everything." Theaster Gates. Grand Rapids Art Museum. October 7, 2023-January 13, 2024. More . . .

Spotlight—Magdalene Odundo: A Dialogue with Objects. The largest ever presentation of Odundo's work in North America. Gardiner Museum, Toronto. October 19, 2023–April 21, 2024. More . . .

Fragile Bodies: The Figure in Glass and Clay. "Illustrate[s] the human form’s powerful symbolic potential to embody an idea, to express an ideal, or to embrace that which is vulnerable and human." Flint Institute of Arts. October 21, 2023–June 16, 2024. More . . .

Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting. Paintings of elaborate feasts, sumptuous vessels for food and drink, and historical cookbooks. Detroit Institute of Arts. November 10, 2024–February 2, 2025. More . . .

Pottery perspectives

Opportunities to expand your knowledge of ceramics past and present.

People's Pottery Project. How the non-profit ceramics studio, People's Pottery Project, offers formerly incarcerated people the opportunity for a second chance at life, encouraging growth and healing through community building in the arts. More . . .

Mark Chatterley Studio Profile. A visit to Williamston, MI, ceramic artist Mark Chatterley's studio and impressive sculpture garden. The Cracked Pot Studio Tour. More . . .

The October unforgettable dinnerware online lecture from the International Museum of Dinnerware Design is now available as a video: Modernism in Action: The Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery at Manitoga. More . . .

And three from Colossal:

Sculptures bond humans, animals, & nature by Adrian Arleo. More . . .

Ceramic feathered figures yearn to belong by Calvin Ma. More . . .

Uncanny ‘Ancient Pottery’ Illustrations by Vorja Sánchez. More . . .

Other events

Glidden Mid-century stoneware

Focus on Glidden Pottery

The November International Museum of Dinnerware Design on-line lecture, presented by IMODD Director Margaret Carney, will highlight the rich history of Glidden Pottery and its inspirational designs, glazes, and decorations. Glidden Pottery's unique stoneware dinnerware and Artware was produced in Alfred, New York, from 1940 to 1957. While Glidden pottery was slipcast or ram pressed, each of the estimated 300-400 shapes was individually glazed and hand-decorated.

Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 pm

Details here...

Resources for potters

Just in time...

Throwing an apple baker video

...for apple season! Tiffinie Helmer of Hobble Creek Pottery demonstrates how she throws her charming apple-baking bundts. You'll want to make several of these for your cupboard.

Create colorful surfaces...

Colorful surface design video layering slips and underglazes on a slab, then carving through them to produce interesting patterns. Potter Mary LaFleur takes you through her surface decoration techniques and follows up by making pieces with her decorated slabs.

Of course, this process produces lots of colorful scraps of clay, so don't waste them. See how Mary incorporates these scraps in creative new pieces.

Visit to LaFleur's Instagram page here.

Studio and Gallery hours

Here are our open studio hours for 2023:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, 4:00-8:00 pm

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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