The Clay and Metal Loft will host an artist reception featuring internationally recognized ceramic artist Bill van Gilder at the Leesburg gallery Friday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception will feature van Gilder’s works of art for sale as well as his line of pottery tools and a slide show of his past works of art.

The reception is the kick off of a weekend pottery workshop presented by van Gilder. The workshop has drawn 30 participants from all over the East Coast. The workshop also coincides with the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival and participants will be touring the town, restaurants and the festival.

More than 50 pottery-making techniques will be demonstrated during the two-and-a-half-day demo-workshop some.

The gallery is located at 27 Fairfax St. in the Virginia Village shopping center. For more information, go to