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Bill van Gilder Workshop: The Functional Pot: Tips, Tools & Techniques

May 17 - May 19

Marilee Schumann’s Studio
506 Old McGinnis Lane
Chestertown, 21620 United States
Bill van Gilder


May 17 - 19, 2019
Fri, 6 - 8 pm, Sat & Sun, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Registration Deadline
May 10, 2019
Member Fee / Non-Member Fee
RiverArts reserves the right to cancel any class due to under-subscription. Full refunds will be issued in the event of cancellation.
Students can request a refund if withdrawn by the registration deadline, less a 10% administrative fee.

Every potter has a list of WHAT they want to make. HOW to make it, is often the question.

Friday evening video, 6 – 8 pm

We will be having a pot luck dinner on Friday evening. Please bring a small dish or dessert to share.
Sat and Sun you should bring a bagged lunch and snack for 2 short breaks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Water and soft drinks will be provided.

Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm   Lunch break 30-45 minutes, plus a 10 minute break in am & pm

During this two day, information-loaded, demo-workshop some 50+ making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to these ‘how-to’ questions; techniques participants will want to use and adjust to fit their own future work. Short cuts, tips and tool-use at the wheel will be shared through demo after demo.

Hand-building functional forms will be the focus during part of the demonstrations as requested, defining projects and techniques for hand-builders.

“Throughout 50+ yrs. of making functional pots, I’ve collected hundreds of making techniques used to make specific pots, both wheel-thrown and hand-built;”

Demonstrated techniques at the wheel will include;

          – Efficient hand positions for throwing

          – Simple tools and their use

          – Lid arrangements and form

           – Spout, rim and lip making and proportions

          – Trimming and foot finishing possibilities

          – Faceting and fluting as decoration

          – Handles and lugs; pulled and hand built

          – Making bottle forms; collaring techniques

          – Making dinnerware; throwing and trimming

          – Making squared and oval baking ware

          – Wet, thick slip decoration

          – And more…

A sampling of forms to be demonstrated;

          – Open and lidded casseroles

          – Pitcher and pouring pots

          – Cups and mugs

          – Bowl forms

          – Dinnerware

          – Bottle forms

Hand-building demonstrations may include;

          – Slumped oval slab platter making

          – Humped squared plate making

          – Foot attachment possibilities; slab, sprigged & coiled

          – Textured decoration; wet slip, pressed, and resisted textures

Participants are welcome to take photos, and are encouraged to bring a notebook.

A discussion about glazes will take place during the workshop, as requested. My ^6 oxidation, ^8-9-10 gas, and salt/soda wood-firing slips & glaze recipe sheets will be provided to each participant.

A selection of the van Gilder Clay Tools and a sampling of his current work will be made available for participant purchase.

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