Bill van Gilder was by far the most informative teacher I have ever learned from. I was amazed at his technique, handcrafted tools and simple yet elegant wood fired pieces. However I was even more pleased when he offered tips on teaching throwing. As an instructor for the past 6 years I took this workshop because I felt my teaching was becoming a bit stagnant. If I'm bored my students are probably bored. Right?!
Go to YouTube and search for Bill's videos. They are great resources I plan on passing onto my students. (You might know him from his tv show on the DIY Network or his book.) I was inspired by all of the presenters but I must say that I think every potter should seek out the opportunity to learn from Bill.
Below is a pot that Bill threw then cut away to create handles. Below that is a thrown platter with an altered rim.
I I am now left to sort through my notes and figure out what to do next. With a New York trip and open studio right around the corner these ideas will need to marinate until after May 1st. Hopefully I can wrangle my attention span and focus on something new and different.