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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


Full-time Studio Potter, kiln builder


William Baker’s work is characterized by either stoneware or porcelain 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. 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 potter 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


Typical Marks

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

Lidded Jar
Form: Covered Jar
Method: Thrown, Thrown and Altered (Wood and soda fired.)
Surface Technique: Woodfire
Form: Cup
Method: Thrown, Thrown and Altered (Wood and soda fired.)
Surface Technique: Woodfire

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 16, 2016.