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Fall term classes
Even a mask can't disguise
Maureen Cosgrove's
big smile as she safely glazes.
We have a full slate of classes lined up for our fall semester, and they're starting soon. We've limited enrollment in our fall on-site classes to preserve safe social distancing, so enroll now. All of our studio health and safety precautions, including those for students, will remain in effect for fall classes.

Our Advanced and Intermediate Clay class with Alex Pratt is full and has a wait list. Here are two excellent alternatives for our advanced and intermediate students to develop their skills:

Advanced / Intermediate Independent Study
  • Wed, Sep 2-Dec 2, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist

Advanced / Intermediate Fridays New!
  • Fri, Sep 11-Dec 11, 6:30-9:00 pm, with Kay Yourist and Nancy Bulkley

Also on the schedule:

Introductory and Continuing Wheel
  • Thurs, Sep 10-Oct 15, 4:30-6:30 pm, with Kay Yourist New!
  • Mon, Sep 14-Oct 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, with Kevan Wilson
  • Thurs, Sep 17-Oct 22, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Thurs, Sep 17-Oct 22, 12:30-2:30 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
Early Bird discount available through September 3 for classes beginning September 14 and 17.

Coffee and Clay
  • Sat, Sep 19-Oct 24, 9:30-11:30 am, with Nancy Bulkley
  • Wed, Sep 23-Oct 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, with Nancy Bulkley
Zoom registrations available for these classes

Making pottery is an excellent antidote to life's stresses, including pandemics. If you've never worked with clay, or have been away from it for awhile and want to get started again, we invite you to join us for this class:

Try It Once on the Wheel
  • Sat, Sep 19, 1:00-2:30 pm, with Kay Yourist


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
Is it necessary . . .
. . . to keep a six-foot distance from each other in the studio even though we are wearing masks?

Definitely, yes! We know how hard it is to stay so far away from your friends, but we want to make sure everyone in the studio remains safe and healthy. And that means keeping your distance, even while wearing a mask.

Non-medical masks will prevent the dispersal of most respiratory dropletsthe way coronavirus spreadsbut not all. The best protection involves a combination of steps: wearing a mask and social distancing and frequent hand washing and limiting the amount of time you spend indoors around other people.

A big thank you to all of you for so cheerfully and conscientiously observing our studio health and safety measures. Please keep up the good work.
Ready, glaze, fire!
Here's the tentative date for loading wares for our September gas kiln firing:

Tuesday, September 22

As usual, we will load and fire in September when we have accumulated enough pieces to fill the kiln. Be sure to check with the studio for September firing updates.
The big squeeze
Our bisque ware shelves are packed. If you have bisque ware on our shelves that was fired in August, please glaze it or pick it up and take it home by Wednesday, September 30. Regrettably, any unclaimed bisque ware remaining after that date must be discarded to make room for new work.
Potter's quick tip
Q. I'm interested in giving my work a sculptural, organic look. What do you suggest?

A. You might like to give the technique of kurinuki, "carving out," a try. What is kurinuki? It's a way of uncovering a form from a lump of clay, much like a sculptor liberates a statue from a block of marble.

In this video, potter Supatra Marsh, who specializes in kurinuki, creates a yunomi drinking vessel using this dramatic technique. See more of Marsh's kurinuki pieces here and be sure to visit her blog for the wealth of information she provides about kurinuki.

This video is part of our continuing series for beginners.
Clay lover's web events
The ceramic art of Viola Frey
Flint Institute of Art
On-site exhibitions

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

Monumental: The Art of Viola Frey. Now through October 25. Flint Institute of Art. More . . .
Virtual tours and videos

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

Gardiner Museum online exhibitions of ceramic art. Toronto. More . . .

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche. Faenza, Italy. More . . .

Making In Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics. American Museum of Ceramic Arts. More . . .

New acquisitions. American Museum of Ceramic Arts. More . . .
Call for entries

Michigan Ceramics 2020 Biennial Exhibition & Competition. October 16 - November 12, Michigan Ceramic Arts Association. More . . .

Fourth Biennial Juried Exhibition: Breakfast.  April 10 – August 28, 2021, The International Museum of Dinnerware Design. More . . .
Resources for potters
Curvaceous clay
Want to put some curves in your wheel-thrown pieces? Watch potter Martha Grover add curves to a wheel-thrown bowl in this video from Ceramic Arts Network. And check out a gallery of Grover's undulating porcelain here.

By the way, hand builders, you can also use the techniques Grover demonstrates in this video.
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.

During open studio hours we will limit our number to a maximum of 10 people in the studio at one time. 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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