Jonesborough to Host World Famous Potter, Bill van Gilder

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – A demo-workshop led by master potter, Bill van Gilder will take place May 10-12 at the McKinney Center.

More than 50 making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to ‘how-to’ questions; techniques participants will want to use and adjust to fit their own future work. Shortcuts, tips, and tool-use at the wheel will be shared through demonstrations.

A discussion about glazes will take place during the workshop. Van Gilder’s ^6 oxidation, ^8-9-10 gas, and salt/soda wood-firing slips & glaze recipe sheets will be provided to each participant. Participants are welcome to take photos and are encouraged to bring a notebook. A selection of Bill van Gilder’s hand-tools and a sampling of his current work are made available for participant purchase.

Van Gilder is described as approachable, knowledgeable, fun and really skilled- and an all-around excellent maker. Van Gilder is a graduate of Harrow School of Art, Studio Potters, London, U.K. He was the creator and host of Throwing Clay television series on DIY Network, owner/director of the Frederick Pottery School Inc.; he was a featured artist on the PBS Network television broadcast, Crafting America—The East Coast. He’s sat on the board of directors for the Frederick Festival of the Arts; he has owned pottery and craft galleries, and he established Mantenga Pottery, Swaziland, Africa, for World Bank.

The workshop registration fee is $175. The Thursday evening lecture is free and open to the public. The McKinney Center will provide lunch Friday and Saturday for one fee of $20. Lunch will consist of assorted sandwiches, wraps, dessert bars, cookies, sweet tea and water.

The McKinney Center is located at 103 Franklin Avenue Jonesborough, TN 37659.

For more information, contact Theresa Hammons at 423-753-0562 or send an email to Theresah@jonesboroughtn.org.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010