Every potter needs to learn many techniques to be successful. While a general throwing DVD can cover the entire making process from wedging and centering to glazing and firing, you’ll miss scores of tips and techniques covering the nuances of clay. In this DVD Bill van Gilder covers two important topics that instructors tend to cut short during presentations, or do not even cover at all—making lidded forms and trimming pots. Spend some time with Bill van Gilder and your skills are sure to jump to the next level. 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!

 

Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes

 

 
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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: Making Lidded Forms, Part 1

Lidded forms are challenging to make for potters at any skill level. There are many kinds of lidded forms and each one requires special forming and finishing techniques. For example, the lid for a teapot serves a different function than a lid for a storage jar because while the teapot lid must stay while pouring tea, the storage jar lid must be wide enough to reach into with a hand. In this lesson, Bill shows you how to make four types of storage jars, two types of galleries, and four types of lids. WIth each example, you’ll learn all the important details to create a successfully fitting lid that’s appropriate for the form you’re working on. To gain the greatest benefit from the DVD, you’ll want to watch an entire program, then go back and repeat just a portion of it as you practice that segment.

 

Program 2: Trimming Techniques

Trimming is one of those things that can make or break a pot. You have to know how to remove just the right amount of material so you don’t cut through the bottom, or leave too much that you’ve created a doorstop. And the footring—is it too wide, too short, too clunky? With so many things to learn and decisions to make, where do you begin? In this program, you’ll find that trimming is another step-by-step process that you can master one step at a time. Bill van Gilder breaks down each component to the point where you’ll finally ‘get it.’ You’ll learn a lot of the tricks professional production potters use that can speed your trimming up and also add a professional touch to your pots. As a professional potter for more than 40 years, Bill van Gilder knows every trick in the book and holds nothing back.

 
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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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