Yourist Studio Gallery - News & Events

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Read our May newsletter for an important update on the move.

Breaking news! We're moving to a new studio on June 1. Read more here.

Open studio hours

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, Noon-6:00 pm

Saturday open studio hours begin at noon and there are no open studio hours on Thursdays.

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.

Update: During open studio hours we limit our indoor capacity to 13 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.

We also have curbside delivery of clay, tools, and pottery. We will keep you posted on reopening 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.

What to expect when you come to class or open studio

For the safety and comfort of our students, we are proceeding slowly and carefully with restarting classes and open studio. Here are lists of our new protective measures for teachers and students. We thank everyone for observing these measures.

Studio practices

  1. Limiting indoor occupancy to to 13 students at the pottery wheels, 2 students in the glazing room, and 2 students at the large work table.
  2. Splitting classes into two sections to make them smaller.
  3. Limiting access to the sinks to observe the six-foot rule. Throwers, please bring a water bucket to clean your splash pans. (We will have small buckets for purchase at $2.50 each.)
  4. Requiring teachers to take their own temperature when they come in for class.
  5. Sanitizing all surfaces between classes.
  6. Keeping doors open, when weather permits, for fresh air flow.

Student precautions

  1. Wear a mask while in the studio. If you do not have your own mask, please use one we provide.
  2. Visit our hand sanitizer station and sanitize your hands before you enter the studio.
  3. Sign in before class and sign out after class. We need to keep track of who has been in the studio.
  4. Keep a six-foot distance between you and everyone else in the studio at all times.
  5. Remember not to touch your face and be sure to wash your hands frequently.
  6. Do not share tools.
  7. Come only during your class time and leave immediately when your class is over.
  8. Do not bring guests with you.
  9. Do not come to class or open studio if you are unwell. If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, please let Kay know and self-quarantine for two weeks.

Curbside delivery is here!

We're now making clay, tools, and pottery available for contactless curbside delivery. Just call Kay Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at 734.662.4914 with your order.

Kay will take payment by phone and schedule a pickup time with you between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. When you arrive, pull up by the studio door, and Kay will deliver your order directly into the trunk of your car.

Our 2020 Holiday Show and Sale starts December 10

2020 Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale

Now is an especially important time to support local businesses as we face the challenges of staying afloat. Please buy local as much as you can this holiday season.

Two ways you can help Yourist Studio Gallery are to make a purchase from our gallery on Broadway Street or to invest in the future by making a purchase from our "Pick Your Own Price" gift card link on the home page of our web site.

While we've had to scale back our Holiday Show and Sale for safety's sake, it will still will feature works by resident artists in the gallery and our outdoor tent. The show will take place on Thursday, December 10; Friday, December 11; and Saturday, December 12, from 1:00-7:00 pm. Our show will then continue through December 24 in the gallery only.

To make your Holiday Show and Sale shopping experience as safe as possible, we are limiting artists' displays to our gallery and outdoors fresh-air tent for those who wish to browse and shop in person.

For distance shopping, we are offering free delivery through December 24 for purchases over $100 within a 25 mile radius of Ann Arbor. We are also providing curbside pickup and FaceTime shopping. One of our team members will walk you through our Gallery to take you shopping without leaving home. Give us a call during our regular hours at 734-662-4914, and let's go shopping.

Here are our holiday hours through December 24:

  • Tuesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, 1:00-7:00 pm
  • Friday, 1:00-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • December 24, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

How you can help the studio during the epidemic

I have been overwhelmed with gratitude by the generous outpouring of support from our community at this difficult time. Here are some ways you can help, if you are able to:

Bowls by Kay Yourist

  1. We set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help us keep our studio afloat while we have to remain closed. We've hit our initial goal, but let's keep it going. If you haven't seen our Go Fund Me campaign and can consider helping us to sustain our studio, your support in any amount would mean so much to all of us who look forward to coming back to the studio as soon as it is safe for us.

  2. Another option for supporting the studio is to make a purchase of Kay's new works of pottery. Kay has made three sizes of beautiful bowls, which you can see above. They are priced at $50, $75, and $100. They will be available for pickup as soon as we reopen or shipped at that time as well. These bowls will be available by phone for purchase beginning March 30, Monday through Friday, 1:00pm-5:00pm EST. Our phone # 734-662-4914.

  3. We also ask you to consider purchasing a Pick Your Own Price gift certificate for any future purchase of goods or classes.

Any of these things will help us to stay afloat until we can reopen, and we thank you one thousand times over for your incredible support.

Be well, stay well, everyone.

Important Covid-19 message from Kay

Hello Students, Residents, Patrons and Friends,

As you may know, Governor Whitmer gave an executive order last night that will temporarily disallow our using the studio for open studio practice time until April 16. This ruling is to keep us safe, so that we can come back to the clay as soon as possible. We will miss each other and the pottery studio, but our most important priority as individuals and community is to stay well.

A good way to use your time away from your studio practice is to watch pottery-making videos on YouTube. If you are a hand builder and picked up your clay to work on at home, you can bring in your works to complete when the studio reopens.

While the studio is closed, I will continue to work behind the scenes firing the works on the shelves as well as doing my regular studio duties. If you have any questions, please give the studio a call or email me. I am happy to talk with you.

In this difficult time Yourist Studio is challenged to fulfill our fiscal responsibilities to keep our studio viable until we can reopen. If it is possible for you to consider purchasing a Pick Your Price Gift Card for yourself or someone you know, it will ensure the sustainability of our studio through this difficult time. These can be used for future classes, membership, studio time, pottery, tools, gifts and, simply, your generous support. More than anything, you will be supporting our community of teachers and students to continue doing what we love when we can return to the studio.

Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. I look forward to when we can all be working and creating together in the studio again.

Be well, stay well.



Our Stephen Kerr Mentor / Scholarship has launched

Stephen Kerr We're pleased to announce the start of a new mentor / scholarship fund in memory of our dear friend and fellow potter, Stephen Kerr. This fund will help create community programming as well as enrichment to individual students in need of extra support.

To learn more about our scholarship programs, click here.

To make a contribution, click here.

Warmest Holiday Wishes

Wishing you peace and joy

Our 2019 Holiday Show and Sale opens December 13

2019 Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale

See an exciting selection of exceptional ceramic art at our 2019 Holiday Show and Sale, where we're featuring the best work from our resident artists and selected students. And, as is our custom, we're presenting it all in a festive atmosphere with great company, tasty food and drink, and lots of seasonal conviviality.

Save the Bees benefitSpecial show buzz: To help save the bees, one of our resident artists is donating the proceeds from all her sales at the Holiday Show and Sale to the Natural Resources Defense Council's Save the Bees Campaign.

Her collection will include a variety of bee-related pieces, including candle holders with beeswax candles and soap dishes with bars of soap made from honey.

Show preview: Here's an early look at the enticing ceramic art you will discover at the show:

Jar by Cindy Fink
Cindy Fink
Selected pieces by Erica Fink
Erica Fink

Bottle by David Timm
David Timm
Urn by Mike Krivan
Mike Krivan

Bowl by Laila Chalati
Laila Chalati
Bowl by Nancy Bulkley
Nancy Bulkley

Our Holiday Show and Sale will be here before you know it

2019 Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale

Nancy Bulkley's clever ceramic cats will be there, and they look forward to greeting you.

Come visit us in November for an exhibition of Alex Pratt's inspired pots

November exhibition of Alex Pratt's sumptuous pots

Yourist Studio Gallery is delighted to feature the works of master potter and Yourist instructor Alex Pratt throughout November. Alex's sumptuous pots are beautifully thrown and always inspiring. Alex uses sgraffito, carving, and slip inlay on porcelain vessels, placing stylized natural forms in a geometric framework. Alex is inspired by the freely-applied linear decoration of Oribe pottery, and the tightly interlocking compositional style of Cubist painting and sculpture.

Join us In the Garden, our 2019 show and sale of pottery inspired by nature.

Yourist Studio Gallery In the Garden Show and Sale poster

We're assembling a garden of earthy delights for our In the Garden show and sale running
May 3-June 30. You are cordially invited to our opening reception Friday, May 3, from 5-8 pm. Our celebration continues on Saturday, May 4, 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 30.

Our resident artists have created and assembled an eclectic variety of pottery for the garden and for spring and summer living. You're certain to find ceramic pieces to enliven your garden and life this year.

Class Registration

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Tool Time Demos

Free monthly demonstrations of new and interesting pottery-making techniques and tools.

Check our monthly newsletter for more information.

New Tool Alert

We've added the newest pottery tools to our stock, including Clayprons, Michael Sherrill's Drag Tool and Mudshark, MKM wooden texture stamps, and Xiem texture rollers, clay cutters, flexible rulers, slip trailers, clay bag ties, and expandable art studio bags.

Pottery Tools

We offer a wide selection of tools, including a variety of ribs, carving and shaping tools, sponges, texture tools, brushes, cutoff wires, and much more.

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