If you thought learning pottery techniques was difficult, think again. Bill van Gilder’s new DVD series shows you how even the most difficult of techniques can be mastered once you know how they’re done. And Bill teaches you the right way. You can learn a new technique from scratch or improve on those you already have with his easy-to-follow, step-by-step demonstrations. Jam-packed with unique tips, tools and techniques, Bill van Gilder shares his 40 years of pottery making and teaching experience to deliver clay techniques you can use immediately.


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This series of DVDs is clear, concise, and complete. There’s no wasted space. Bill’s skill set & teaching ability are unparalleled, and these videos will become an invaluable learning resource–whether for your home, studio, craft center, or classroom. – Joe Campbell, Professor of Art, Frederick Community College

 

Program 1: Getting Started: Bowl, Cup and Plate

The first program is about the basics of throwing. Van Gilder leads off with a discussion of the three important rules of throwing: being neat and clean, preparing your area, and knowing what you’re going to make. He discusses the tools you’ll need, books, and two different types of wedging, emphasizing that with proper preparation, your throwing experience will be outstanding.

 

After preparation, Bill leads you through demonstrations for making the three basic shapes of pottery — the bowl, the cup and the plate. From these three shapes, you can make practically anything, and following the step-by-step demonstrations you’ll achieve success in no time. You’ll learn three different ways to center your clay (one is bound to work!), how to properly open up the clay, how to get perfect bottoms and elegant profiles, and even how to not mess your pots up when you move them off the wheel.

 

Program 2: Making Handles, Part 1

Bill explains that about half the pots we make have handles. In this program, he demonstrates how to make coil and pulled handles for all sorts of functional pots. He begins by demonstrating putting slab-type handles on a baking dish. These are made from a coil then flattened and textured. Next, he turns to discussing handles for cups, mugs and tankards and whether you need one-, two-, or three-finger handles. Here he demonstrates a coil handle and a pulled handle, both on and off the pot. Demonstrations of adding a handle to a tall pitcher as well as baking dishes with a couple of handle options provides you with a range of handle options and design considerations to vastly improve your own pieces.

 

One of the bonuses of these programs is that Bill uses a couple of tools he’s designed himself and which are available from his website. While not necessary for doing any of the techniques he demonstrates, it sure is interesting to see how these practical tools work.

 

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About the series

Bill Van Gilder’s Pottery Techniques is a series of video lessons designed to move both the beginner and the experienced potter to new levels of artistic satisfaction and creativity. Throughout this informative DVD series, potter Bill van Gilder presents a commonsense approach to teaching and learning the techniques of making hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery. Each lesson program is designed and presented for all skill levels in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format that’s ideal for classroom teachers, students, and studio potters alike!

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Because of Bill’s years of experience teaching and conducting workshops as well as having his own TV show on making pottery, these videos are some of the finest instructional DVDs around – thorough, easy-to-follow, professional instruction at its best!

 

About Bill van Gilder

A professional potter for more than 40 years, Bill van Gilder began his clay work at age 15, as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple. During the following years, he apprenticed in Ireland and England, and received a degree from Harrow School of Art, London, England. He then established and managed two large teaching/training centers in Southern Africa (Lesotho & Swaziland) under the auspices of The World Bank. Bill returned to the U.S. in 1979 and established a studio and craft gallery atop South Mountain in Central Maryland, which he continues to operate today.

 

Van Gilder has served on the faculty of The Art League, Alexandria, VA, and is founder/director of The Frederick Pottery School, Frederick, MD. He currently leads workshops nationally and internationally, on pottery forming, decorating, and firing techniques, as well as workshops on kiln building. He has recently designed a line of professional potter’s tools (van Gilder Clay-Tools), available through retailers nationwide. Van Gilder is the creator, writer and host of Throwing Clay, an internationally televised DIY Network Television series about making pottery, and he is also a regular contributor to Clay Times magazine. His clay work is exhibited and held in collections worldwide, and has been featured in ceramic periodicals including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Review (UK), Ceramic Arts (China), Sgraffito (S. Africa), Clay Times, and books including 500 Teapots and High Fire Glazes (Lark Books), Salt Glazing (A&C Black, London), and The Art of American Ceramics (Krause Books) and more. Van Gilder recently authored Wheel-Thrown Pottery, a cooperative book venture from Lark Books and the DIY Television Network.

 

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