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Yes, there's still time . . .
Maya Shanmuga at the wheel
. . . for you to register for our fall classes, which start immediately after Labor Day on September 3 . Come join us in our comradery of clay and experience our passion for pottery. Here's our fall class roster:

Advanced / Intermediate Clay
  • Tue, Sep 3-Dec 3, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Alex Pratt

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, Sep 4-Dec 4, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist

 Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Thurs, Sep 5-Oct 10, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Sep 5-Oct 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kay Yourist
  • Mon, Sep 9-Oct 14, 7:00-9:00 pm, with Kevan O. Wilson

Introductory and Continuing Wheel Sundays
  • Sun, Sep 8-Oct 13, 1:30-3:30 pm, with David Timm

Coffee and Clay
  • Wed, Sep 4-Oct 9, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Sat, Sep 7-Oct 12, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Sep 14, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley

Studio life
Cleaning sponges
It's a dirty job . . .

. . . but we all have to do it. A thorough cleanup is an integral part of the practice of making ceramic art. The primary goal of studio cleanup is to avoid letting clay or glaze dry on any surface in the studio.

Of course the wheels, the hand-building tables, and the areas surrounding them must be cleaned and mopped thoroughly after use, but here are some of the more neglected areas of cleanup, where clay or glaze might linger and dry if not cleaned off:

  • Sponges
  • Sinks
  • Ware boards and bats
  • Water containers and other studio tools
  • Slab roller and slab mats
  • Wedging table and clay scales
  • Glaze splashes and spills

Keeping the studio clean is essential to a healthy, welcoming studio environment.
Bye-bye, bisque . . .
. . . hello, empty shelves. It's time to clear our bisque shelves for the our busy fall season. If you have bisqueware on our shelves from July or August, please glaze it or pick it up by the given dates:

  • Bisqueware from July by Tuesday, September 3
  • Bisqueware from August by Monday, September 30

Sadly, we must discard any unclaimed bisqueware remaining after these dates.
Ready, load, fire!
Here's our tentative schedule for the September gas kiln firing;

Loading : Tuesday, September 24
Firing : Thursday, September 26

Keep in mind that this schedule could change depending on the supply of pieces available for firing. Be sure to check with the studio for firing schedule updates.
Tool Time: surprise event
Watch for a special announcement at the studio of Tool Time's next appearance and topic.

I f you have topics you'd like Kay to cover in her free Tool Time demonstrations, please let us know . We're interested in hearing from you.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I'm a new wheel-throwing student. What are some of the basics I need to master?

A . Whether you are throwing clay on the wheel or hand building with it, wedging clay is an important skill to learn. Potter and educator Jeni Hansen Gard takes you through the steps for wedging clay successfully in this video from Ceramic Arts Network. You can check out Gard's portfolio of work here .

We'll cover more basics for beginners in upcoming Potter's Quick Tips.
Clay lover's events calendar
Jar by Cindy Fink
Clay Friends Exhibition

Clay Friends Exhibition . September 4-October 18, Ann Arbor District Library Main Branch. Featuring Yourist Studio Gallery artists. More . . .

The Cracked Pot Studio Tour . September 21-22. Williamston area. More. . .
Workshops, sales, and more

RnR Ceramics Workshop With Martha Grover and Sarah Pike . September 30-October 4, Trust Art Studios, Ann Arbor. More...

Westside Art Hop . October 6. Ann Arbor. More . . .

National Clay Week: A Celebration of Clay in All Its Forms . October 7-13, 2019. More...

MCAA Michigan Mud With Julia Galloway . October 19, 2019. Oakland Community College. More...
Save this date!

Kay Yourist Old Styles and Seconds Sale . Saturday September 21, 1:00-5:00 pm. At Kay's home. Details coming soon.
Donate pots for a cause

Community Unitarian Universalists of Brighton is seeking pottery donations for its Social Justice Fundraiser for local worthy causes during the Brighton Harvest Festival on September 28. You may donate your firsts, your seconds, pots that didn't quite make the grade, or pots that no longer delight you. Please bring your donations to Yourist Studio Gallery from September 13 to 20 for pickup by CUUB.
Resources for potters
Hand building a stacked dish
In this video from Ceramic Arts Network, potter Kari Radasch demonstrates how she hand builds her footed stacked bowls using bisque hump molds. See a selection of Radasch's colorful graphical pots here .
Bonus video: puzzle jugs
Here's a welcome back bonus video for you.

Puzzled about how to drink out of a puzzle jug without spilling? You're supposed to be. Potter Michelle Erickson reveals all the secrets of making and using these fiendishly clever pieces of pottery in this video from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, where she was a ceramics resident. Follow Erickson and her work here .
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1133 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734-662-4914 |

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