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William Baker

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

APRRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

Resident Artist, EnergyXChange, Burnsville, North Carolina

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

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2013—Studio potter, Windsong Pottery, Bakersville, NorthCarolina

 

William Baker’s work is characterized by wheel thrown pieces that 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. 

 

Website(s):

www.williambakerpottery.com

Artist's Studio: William Baker and Joy Tanner Pottery

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

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
Cup
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Soda Fire, Woodfire
Yunomi
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Soda Fire, Woodfire

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 13, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/baker