2005 Demonstrating Artist: Bill Van Gilder
Bill van Gilder has been a professional potter for more than 30 years. He began his claywork as studio apprentice to Bryon Temple at age 15. During the following years, he apprenticed in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and graduated from Harrow School of Art, Studio Potters, London. He later established two large production potteries in Southern Africa (Lesotho, Swaziland) under the auspices of The World Bank. He returned to the United States in the 1980s and established a studio/gallery atop South Mountain in Central Maryland, which he continues to operate today. Van Gilder is on the faculty of The Art League, Alexandria, VA, and is founder/owner of The Frederick Pottery School, Frederick, MD. He frequently leads workshops in both the United States and abroad (Taiwan, South Africa, and the U.K.) on forming , decorating, and firing techniques, as well as workshops kiln building. He has recently designed a new professional line of potter’s tools available through retailers nationwide. Van Gilder is also a curator and juror for regional clay-related shows and exhibitions and writes a regular column on teaching techniques for Clay Times magazine. He has appeared as feature artist in the PBS documentary Crafting in American Style: The East. He is also creator and host of a new DIY network television series about making pottery. Van Gilder’s claywork is exhibited and held in numerous collections worldwide. It has been featured in ceramic periodicals including Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Review, Ceramic Art (China), Sgraffito (S. Africa), 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).