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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a One-Piece Box on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On February 7, 2014 40 Comments

In today’s video, Bill van Gilder demonstrates making a lidded jar on the pottery wheel. The beauty of this jar is that you can make the whole thing from just one lump of clay. And less centering is always a good thing, wouldn’t you say?

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How to Make a Cool Textured Handle and Give it a Great Curve with a Dowel

Posted On April 22, 2013 9 Comments

Getting a beautiful curve on a handle can sometimes be challenging, especially if you don’t like to pull handles. But Bill van Gilder has a tip that makes it easy peasey. In today’s bonus Monday video, an excerpt from his DVD Pottery Techniques with Bill van Gilder, Volume 1, Bill shows how he handbuilds a mug handle and establishes a great curve using a dowel. The bonus: by handbuiling this way, you can make a handle with texture and attach it easily without marring the texture. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Video of the Week: Three Quick and Handy Wheel Throwing Tricks from Bill van Gilder

Posted On July 20, 2012 6 Comments

Bill van Gilder is one of those potters with a million cool tricks up his sleeve. If you’re not able to make it to a Bill Van Gilder workshop, videos are the next best thing. In today’s post, an excerpt from his DVD Pottery Techniques: Making Lidded Forms and Trimming, Bill shares three nifty tricks that he has developed to help streamline his processes. 

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Pottery Video of the Week: Great Tips for Throwing Great Plates on the Pottery Wheel

Posted On August 19, 2011 27 Comments

For this week’s pottery video of the week, I have excerpted Bill Van Gilder’s plate throwing demo from is Pottery Techniques DVD (which has just arrived in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore). If you are looking for a plate throwing refresher course, or are starting from scratch, this clip is an excellent reference! 

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Pottery Techniques: Getting Started and Making Handles

Posted On June 25, 2011 Comments Off

The wonderful thing about pottery is that there’s always something new to discover. And here’s your chance to discover something new. In Bill van Gilder’s Pottery Techniques series, you can learn a new technique from scratch or improve on those you already have. These easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations by potter Bill van Gilder are jam-packed with the unique tips, tools and techniques he uses to make functional pottery.

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Pottery Techniques: Making Lidded Forms and Trimming

Posted On June 24, 2011 Comments Off

Every potter is faced with the dilemma of getting lids to fit properly and trimming their pots so they look right. In this DVD, Bill van Gilder takes a look at lidded forms and provides a lesson on trimming techniques. Produced in his easy-to-follow, step-by-step method, these lessons are filled packed great tips, techniques and instructions to make your pots better.