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Kurinuki 2

Date & Time: August 2, 3 and 6; 1:30-4:30pm
Registration Deadline: July 30

Kurinuki is an excellent introduction to clay for those new to clay, as well as a challenge for the experienced as they move from a quick, initial beginning to the slow and deliberate refinement of artisanship and character.

Kurinuki is a hand-building way of working with clay that originated in Japan. The word means carving or hollowing out, excavating. A solid block of clay is carved, inside and out, to create a pot that should be spontaneous and alive, showing the deliberate marks of the maker. Kurinuki pots often capture the essence of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the beauty within imperfection. They are popular in traditional tea ceremonies, prized for their often raw and sculptural quality.

Some of the forms made using Kurinuki include yunomi (teacups), boxes, vases, and sippers. Kurinuki pots can be fired in various ways: pit firing, Raku, or in a conventional kiln.

John HustonJohn Huston is the GAAC Potter-in-Residence at Thoreson Farm. John has been a potter for more than 40 years. He studied in Ohio and Japan and started Platte River Pottery in Benzie County in 1978. He and his wife Amy Stevens own and operate Glen Lake Artists Gallery in Glen Arbor. instagram.com/thoresonfarmpottery

Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil; other supplies are furnished. Please wear old clothes and bring an old towel.

Minimum Enrollment
Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than fourteen (14) days in advance of the day of the class.


To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
  • All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by June 15, 2021.


starts August 2 @ 1:30 pm
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Thoreson Farm
3694 S Thoreson Rd
Maple City, MI 49664 United States
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