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22-2022 Bill van Gilder – The Functional Pot

May 29 – June 11, 2022

Lidded Forms and Lids with stile

Throwing. Advanced

22-2022 Bill van Gilder – The Functional Pot


The functional pot with lids and forms that complement each other. If you have ever struggled – this workshop is for you. Students will learn to create a wide assortment of well designed, balanced and fully functional forms that incorporate lids. Students will also learn to alter and add an assortment of interesting textures to each of their lidded pots.


We will explore making knobs and strap handles, both pulled and hand built and more. In addition, adding or cutting interesting feet on our forms will be part of our daily work. We’ll achieve our goal of making good lidded forms by visually absorbing daily demos.

Teaching Method

One-on-one instruction in addition to repetitious practice at the wheel will be major parts of the daily format. A slide show of and about lidded forms will be presented plus an ongoing discussion of making pots with lids, both old and contemporary. Drawing or sketching pots prior to making will shorten the ‘learning curve’ for students and will be a daily exercise for all. Students will have the option of decorating their work using colored slips for combing, trailing, brushing and pouring in addition to thick slip application.


By the end of the workshop students will be able to think through the design of multiple functional lidded forms and create a perfect fitting lid that compliments those forms. Students will also gain some decorating and finishing inspiration.  Students will each choose 12 of their best pots to continue through the firing and glazing process. The workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced skill level. Students must be able to competently throw a 3-pound cylinder.

The Artist

Bill van Gilder has been a professional potter for more than 50 years. Bill began his clay work at age 15 as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple. During the following years he apprenticed in Ireland and England, and received a degree from Harrow School of Art, London, U.K. He then established and managed two large pottery training centers in Southern Africa (Lesotho & Swaziland) under the auspices of The World Bank. Bill returned to the U.S. in 1979 and went on to establish a studio and craft gallery atop South Mountain in central Maryland, which he continues to operate today. Bill also teaches functional pottery making workshops around the world.  His work is held in collections internationally and has appeared in many books, periodicals and online. www.vangilderpottery.com  


Bill Van Gilder


May 29 – June 11 – 2022

Length of course

10 days





Total cost:

€ 2800

Deposit for booking:

€ 690


Payment and Refund Policy

A deposit is required at registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the payment on-line. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed once the deposit has been accredited in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.


The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 12 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 230 euros. per week;
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days;
Welcome breakfast, Welcome and Final dinner;
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The building is sanitized and the daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed. To acess the courses, students need to have a valid Green pass or equivalent document. Please note that participants are will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.