Profile: Bill van Gilder Pottery

Bill van Gilder Pottery makes his pots in an old restored barn right along the Appalachian Trail, at Gathland State Park, atop South Mountain.  His barn and historic gatehouse home set the aesthetic tone for his work and life.

Bill van Gilder Pottery

Deeply involved in the South Mountain creative community, Bill’s gallery and studio are open every weekend, and weekdays by appointment.  You can get a taste for local flavors by parking at the Gathland parking lot, hiking north or south on the AT, stopping in for a taste of a potter’s life, then driving down the road a bit to the Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Caprikorn Farms, or any of the other local delectables nearby.  This year, Potomac Clay Weekend falls on the same weekend as South Mountain Spring Festival, so there is double to do up on the mountain.

Bill van Gilder pots

Giving workshops and demonstrations from near to far, local to international, making his own line of tools…Bill takes the potter’s life to heart.  You can tell that he’s been potting since he was 15 years old, but ask him about his travels, and you’ll be charmed for sure.  His pots are truly functional, meant for use every day in your kitchen and home.  His teaching skills are all about making excellent functional pottery.  With upcoming workshops in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, grab an opportunity to learn from the real deal, where you can see his ease with the clay, learn a new move or two, and get out hiking somewhere new and exciting.

Bill van Gilder Pottery



Order Supplies through Frederick Potter’s Guild: this week

Want to order clay, supplies, tools, anything from Clayworks Supplies in Baltimore, but don’t want to drive that far to pick it up?  You’re in luck!  The Potter’s Guild of Frederick is placing a bulk order this week, and you can be part of it.

Go to Clayworks Supplies and make a list of what you would like, and what it will cost.  Forward that list to Esther Murphy:

Orders will be placed after the PGoF meeting this monday 3/2/15, so act fast!  Pick-up will be at a guild member’s house in Frederick, TBA, about one week later.

How it works:  PGoF is a non-profit, so no tax is charged on the order.  The delivery fee of $60 is divided between everyone who orders, so your charge will be a little more than what you order (but much less than driving to Baltimore).  Any bulk discounts are returned to PGoF to fund future guild events.

Potter's Guild of Frederick

And if you haven’t checked out the Potter’s Guild of Frederick, they have a gallery storefront in downtown Frederick, an active guild, and have meetings with activities monthly. Their annual Brain Freeze each August is an Empty Bowls Meets Ice Cream fundraiser for the Frederick Rescue Mission, and a great opportunity to be part of the larger ceramics community.  Next meeting: Monday (3/2/15) at Common Market in Frederick.

For Sale: pretty much everything you need…

For Sale or Free!

If you’re in the market for pottery supplies, there are many to be had in our area.  Sycamore Pottery is cleaning out their storage shed, Deb Dickinson is making some space in her studio, and Paula Bailey wants to make space in her outdoor kiln shed.   Keep reading….


Sycamore Pottery, Pam and Ren Parziale:     304-725-4251

The list is long, so open this word doc with the whole shebang….posts, bricks, shelves, dry chemicals, pyrometer, it’s all there.   Sycamore Pottery Supplies for sale

Debbie Dickinson:

Re-homing her raku electric kiln, well used, but still works.  It’s an odd shape, 29″ wide and 18″ tall.  (Didn’t use shelves to raku). Made by AIM. To cone 10.  For free.

Paula Bailey:

Small gas kiln, needs some work, crack on back wall and needs floor.  Free.

Free to a good home, needs work...

Free to a good home, needs work…

Do you have info?

Potomac Clay is always looking for info to get out to the larger community!  Events happening, kilns firing, clay digging, exhibits and openings, supplies for sale, get-togethers of any kind…..

Poetic writings and short stories, great images, feats of wonder….

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In the studio, tools matter, and make the work what it is....just as your ideas and content will make Potomac Clay sing....

In the studio, tools matter, and make the work what it is….just as your ideas and content will make Potomac Clay sing….