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

What they're saying...

'For what it's worth, the Van Gilder workshop that I was lucky to have been able to attend at The Clay Studio in Philly (back in the day) was one of the best, most informative and entertaining workshops that I have ever attended. Trust me, I used to be a "workshop junkie" and I have attended (maybe) fifty of them over the years.' JW

'What can I say about the Bill van Gilder Workshop? Well, just to say a few words… it was great. Fantastic! It was informative.'


Hi! I'm Bill van Gilder

I've been a professional potter for more than 50 years, I began my clay work at age 15 as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple, Lambertville, NJ. I then apprenticed in Ireland and England, and received a degree from Harrow School of Art, London, UK. i then established and managed two large training centers in Southern Africa under the auspices of the World Bank. I have served on the faculty of The Art League, Alexandria, VA and founded the Frederick Pottery School, Frederick, MD. I hosted the DIY Network television series ‘Throwing Clay’ and have written a regular feature column in Clay Times magazine about making pottery. I currently lead live workshops nationally and internationally on pottery forming, decorating, and firing techniques. I designed a line of professional pottery tools which are sold internationally. My clay work is exhibited and held in collections worldwide. In 1985, I established a studio, craft gallery and home atop South Mountain in central Maryland, which I continue to operate today.

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