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William Baker

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University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington


Resident Artist, EnergyXChange, Burnsville, North Carolina

Resident Artist, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, North Carolina


2013—Studio potter, Windsong Pottery, Bakersville, NorthCarolina


William Baker is known for wheel thrown pieces that are made using either stoneware or porcelain. Included in his production are lidded jars, small bowls, plates, keepsake boxes, vases, dinner plates, cups, and larger vessels. Pieces range in size from several inches to nearly 18 inches high. Baker frequently fires in the atmospheres of soda and wood kilns. His design elements include squared panels and corners, bulbous squared knobs and lipped base foot rims. Some pieces are dipped in a flashing slip while others are left raw clay surface. Typical colors include varied tones of deep red, soft peach, light cream, bronze, olive green and muted gray. Occasionally a few small sea shells are impressed into the surface to create firing patterns and an impressed pattern.

Baker first encountered clay in college, at University of Puget Sound, and has been a potter since. He and his wife, Joy Tanner, are full time potters in North Carolina.  Baker is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and the Toe River Arts Council. 



Artist's Studio: William Baker and Joy Tanner Pottery



Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks

“W” inside of a square— stamp. Often found on front surface of piece, rather than on bottom.

Covered Jar
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Soda Fire, Woodfire
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Soda Fire, Woodfire
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Soda Fire, Woodfire

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 25, 2024.