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Mark your calendar for the Grand Opening of our new studio and gallery and the return of our annual Holiday Show and Sale for 2021. We invite you to tour our spacious new facility while you browse outstanding, one-of-a-kind ceramic art, both functional and decorative, by 21 talented Yourist Studio artists.

Grand Opening Reception and Holiday Sale
Friday, December 10, 4:00-8:00 pm

Our Holiday Show and Sale continues on
Saturday, December 11, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday, December 12, 11:00 am-4:00 pm

This festive holiday event only happens once a year, so do join us. There is plenty of free parking on site. You'll find a map to our new location on our web site. When you arrive, please put on your mask at the door. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home.

The gallery will be open daily through December 24, with additional hours on Sundays and Mondays from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

Sneak peek
Our schedule for the first class term of 2022 is in the works. Meanwhile, we can let you have a sneak peek at the advanced classes coming up in new year. We're delighted to have noted potter Sarah Gelsanliter rejoin us to teach the Tuesday Advanced and Intermediate Clay class. Learn more about Sarah here.

Advanced and Intermediate Clay
  • Tue, Jan 11-Apr 12, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Sarah Gelsanliter
Early Bird Discount valid through Dec. 3.

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, Jan 12-Apr 13, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist
Early Bird Discount valid through Dec. 3.

We're also introducing two new class sessions—a Wednesday morning Introductory and Continuing Wheel class and a Thursday evening Hand Building class:

Introductory and Continuing Wheel New!
  • Wed, Jan 12-Feb 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Kristina Checuti
Early Bird Discount valid through Dec. 3.

Hand Building New!
  • Thu, Jan 20-Feb 24, 6:30-8:30 pm, with David Timm
Early Bird Discount valid through Dec. 3.

These classes are open for registration now, so reserve your seat today. And watch your email and our class web page for the rest of our first term 2022 class schedule, coming soon.
Our upcoming Try It Once classes:

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Nov 20, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Sat, Dec 4, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist

Studio life
Judith Hoge decorating her fabulous pieces
Daniel Yuang working intently
on a root beer float mug
Plan ahead

Notice to sudents and residents: The studio will be unavailable for any clay work during the Yourist Studio Gallery Grand Opening and Annual Holiday Show and Sale from December 10-12. So please put down your pottery tools and come join us at the show.
Rescue me!

On November 30, we will remove all bisque ware and glaze ware that has been accumulating on the shelves in October and before.

  • 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 make room for new work. (Please don't make us do that!)
Mask Reminder

In compliance with CDC and Washtenaw County Health Department guidance, we are asking everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, to resume wearing masks in the studio. We thank you for helping us keep our studio safe, healthy, and welcoming for all students and members.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I need some inspiration for carving bisque stamps. When I'm holding a stamp that's ready to carve, I'm afraid that my mind goes as blank as the stamp.

A. Check out this excellent video by potter and master stamp carver Eric Botbyl, who demonstrates from start to finish how to carve interlocking stamps that allow you to cleanly apply repeating patterns to your pieces. You won't need to make any more trips to "Sticky Magruder's Craft Shack and Pottery Stamp Emporium" for surface textures.

See work by Botbyl on his Instagram page.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners at all levels.
Clay lover's events
White Basket by Thom Bohnert
Restrained/Unrestrained Exhibition
Flint Institute of Art
On-site exhibitions

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

Restrained/Unrestrained. Flint Institute of Art. December 18, 2021-January 17, 2022. Containers of different shapes, sizes, and materials that have been made to serve a variety of purposes. More . . .

Steeped in Tradition. Flint Institute of Art. Now-March 20, 2022. Teaware exhibition. More . . .

Colorful California Dinnerware. International Museum of Dinnerware Design. Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center. Now-December 3. (Note: this exhibition limited to Michigan Medicine patients and their visitors.) More . . . To visit virtually, click here.

Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector. Flint Institute of Arts. Now-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. Lots of tasty ceramic eye candy!

Hundreds of Ceramic Marine Creatures Radiate in Gradients to Show the Effects of Coral Bleaching. Courtney Mattison. More . . .

Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel. "...fun yet strangely macabre interventions where ceramics have been surgically altered to reveal additional layers of detail." More . . .

Hundreds of Ceramic Circles are Linked Together in Movable Sculptures by Cecil Kemperink. "delicate chain sheets using hundreds of interconnected ceramic loops." More . . .

All Things Sweet and Painful. You'll never look at dessert the same way again after viewing this exhibition by potter Ronit Baranga. More . . .

The Secrets Of Ceramics: One Of The Oldest Forms Of Art In Human Record. A trip to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto. More . . .
Call for participants

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design has issued a call for participants in its online wedding china exhibition, which will go live on December 21 on the museum's web site. Learn more here about submitting photos of wedding china you own for this exhibition.
Resources for potters
SOS...
...Save Our Shelves with drip catchers, which you may know as "cookies" or "wasters." Using drip catchers when your glaze is runny or its behavior is unknown is an important precaution because cleaning glaze stuck on a kiln shelf is a tough job. And overly enthusiastic drips can also ruin your pots.

As you'll see in this video, potter Joe Thompson of Old Forge Creations throws two different styles of drip catcher to protect his kiln shelves and pots. One style also allows him to glaze the bottoms of his pots as he prefers. Of course, any old piece of discarded bisque or even an unfired clay patty will work as a drip catcher, but custom-made ones can give you more flexibility. And it's always a good practice to restrict runny glazes to the rims and the insides of your pots.

So how did Joe Thompson get started making pottery? See his interesting story here.
So you want...
...to try underglazes. Using underglazes seems to be a hot topic around the studio these days. Here's an excellent lesson from potter Ann Ruel on how to use underglazes to their best advantage when decorating your pieces.

Get Ruel's recipe for making ceramic cookie warmers (and the best chocolate chip cookies) at Ceramic Arts Network. If you are not a subscriber, you get to read three free articles per month.
Feets of clay
Looks like squelchy fun!
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, 12:00-6:00 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 | www.youristpottery.com

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