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Upcoming Events

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-Workshop cancellation policy-

$20 admin fee is deducted from the full workshop refund up until March 29th, 2024.

50% refund for cancellations between March 29th - April 5th 2024

The Functional Pot; Tips, Tools & Techniques


Every potter has a list of WHAT they want to make. HOW to make it, is often the question. During this two-day, information-loaded, demo-workshop some 50+ making techniques will be demonstrated in answer to these ‘how-to’ questions; techniques participants will want to use and adjust to fit their own future work. Short cuts, tips and tool use at the wheel will be shared through demo after demo. Hand-building functional forms will be a focus during part of the demonstrations as requested, defining projects and techniques for hand-builders.


Friday, April 5, 6-8pm meet and greet

Saturday, April 6, 9:00-4pm workshop demonstrations

Sunday, April 7, 9:00-4pm workshop demonstrations


Indigo Fire Watertown

79R Grove Street, Watertown MA 02472

Demonstrated techniques at the wheel will include:


- Efficient hand positions for throwing

- Simple tools and their use

- Lid arrangements and form

- Spout, rim and lip making and proportions

- Trimming and foot finishing possibilities

- Faceting and fluting as decoration

- Handles and lugs; pulled and hand built

- Making bottle forms; collaring techniques

- Making dinnerware; throwing and trimming

- Making squared and oval baking ware

- Wet, thick slip decoration

- And much more…


A sampling of forms to be demonstrated;


 - Open and lidded casseroles

 - Pitcher and pouring pots

 - Cups and mugs

 - Bowl forms

 - Dinnerware

 - Bottle forms


Hand-building demonstrations may include;


- Slumped oval slab platter making

- Humped squared plate making

- Foot attachment possibilities; slab, sprigged & coiled

- Textured decoration; wet slip, pressed, and resisted textures


Participants are welcome to take photos, and videos for their own use and are encouraged to bring a notebook.


A discussion about glazes will take place during the workshop, as requested. My ^6 oxidation, ^8-9-10 gas, and salt/soda wood-firing slips & glaze recipe sheets will be provided to each participant. Additionally, a selection of van Gilder Clay Tools and a sampling of Bill's current work will be made available for participant purchase.

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