NC Mountain Pre-Conference Artist
William Baker has worked as a studio potter in western North Carolina for the last 14 years,initially as a resident artist at the Odyssey Center in Asheville before establishing his own studio in Bakersville near the Penland School of Crafts. William creates functional and sculptural work beginning on the wheel and fired in a wood burning soda kiln. From the initial design of each piece to the loading and firing of the kiln, William strives towards a balance between refinement and the constant exploration of process, observing and sharing the interactions between clay and fire.
Wood Song Pottery, Joy Tanner and William Baker:
Cross draft wood/soda kiln. Internal firebox, sprung arch, 20 cubic feet stacking space total.
This kiln is designed as a hybrid and can be fired with either propane or wood. Wood firings generally last approximately 24 hours and include 5-6 pounds of soda ash added.