Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bill Van Gilder Workshop

 I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic workshop this weekend by Bill Van Gilder.  I learned a lot and was entertained by his many stories.  He demonstrated several techniques and gave everyone several tips.  If you ever get a chance to take one of Bill's workshops I highly recommend it.  I am anxious to try some of the many pots he demonstrated. I took several pics so hopefully I can remember how they were done.  The beauty of some of his techniques is the simplicity of it.  Here are some of my favorites that I am inspired to try.
The squared then faceted mugs were my favorite.

 It will take me a while to work up my nerve to cut into the rim of a perfectly good plate and risk loosing it.

 Lots of hand built handles.

Thrown, streched and altered.

Slab built with a block of wood hump mold.

Lastly, The simplest way to make feet for the bottom of pots...A Bisqued spring mold.

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