Bob McWilliams
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Bob McWilliams

Bob McWilliams, a Midwesterner, made it to Hawaii in 1975 and vowed to become a potter. Forty-three years later he has no regrets. He has been a full-time potter and teacher for over twenty years, and a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellow. He has traveled, studied, written articles, and always sustained his passion for clay. The 2017-18 school year is his last teaching ceramics at Punahou School in Honolulu—“Amazing!” McWilliams can be reached at


Sustenance - Vol. 39 No. 1, Winter 2010
The human body is truly an amazing pottery-making machine! So many things work in perfect harmony, healthy and pain-free most of the time. But things can go awry...
Bob McWilliams. Ash Teapot, 2016. Stoneware, thrown, cut, and altered. 13 x 11 x 6 in. Photograph by artist.
We of the generation in their late sixties are realizing we need to cut back on producing at high volume, throwing too many pounds of clay at one time, and sustaining a rigorous schedule.