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Olivet College to host ceramics workshop July 31-Aug. 3
May 17, 2011

Olivet College is hosting a ceramics workshop featuring professional potter Bill van Gilder Sunday, July 31 to Wednesday, Aug. 3 on campus. Titled “The Functional Pot: Tools, Tips and Techniques,” participants can choose between attending the complete four-day workshop (option A, $350) or a day-long demo and evening PowerPoint lecture (option B, $85). Those who wish to attend only the PowerPoint lecture will be admitted free. Please note, attendance is limited to 12 for the full four-day workshop.

A professional potter for more than 30 years, van Gilder began his clay work at age 15 as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple. He has served on the faculty of The Art League of Alexandria, Va., and is founder/director of The Frederick Pottery School in Frederick, Md. He currently leads workshops nationally and internationally on pottery forming, decorating and firing techniques, as well as kiln building. He recently designed a line of professional potters’ tools (van Gilder Clay-Tools), available through retailers nationwide.

Van Gilder also writes a regular “Teaching Techniques” column for Clay Times magazine, and is the creator, writer and host of “Throwing Clay,” an internationally televised DIY Network Television series about making pottery. His clay work is exhibited and held in collections worldwide, and has been featured in numerous publications. Van Gilder recently authored “Wheel-Thrown Pottery,” a cooperative book venture from Lark Books and the DIY Television Network.

Housing is available for those who wish to reside on campus during the workshop at Gillette Student Village Apartments. The cost is $35 per person, per night and reservations can be made by calling Tammy Walters, director of conferences and housing, at (269) 749-7197. Participants can purchase meals through Chartwells, the college’s food service provider, as well.

For more information or to register, contact Thia Eller, assistant adjunct professor of art, at (269) 749-7120 or celler@olivetcollege.edu by Monday, July 25.


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