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Instructor: William Baker
Monday - Friday
July 15 - 19
9am - 1pm
5 Sessions

Open Studio:
Monday - Thursday
1pm - 4pm

This workshop will focus on developing strong, refined forms using simple tools. Our primary tools will be the potter's wheel, a sketchbook, and a critical eye. Class time will be a combination of group demonstrations and discussions, as well as time to work one on one with the instructor. Participants will be able to observe demonstrations of wheel thrown pottery forms such as cups and bowls, as well as different approaches to altering thrown forms and combining thrown and hand built elements.  We will explore simple techniques that can be used to create forms both small and large, functional and sculptural. With individual discussions we will develop a path towards refining our forms by strengthening our critical eye and evaluating our own work.

 William Baker is a full time studio potter and kiln builder living in Bakersville, North Carolina. Coming from college at the University of Puget Sound in Washington where he stumbled into clay, he has been pursuing this passion since 2000. He was a Resident Artist at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC and the EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC. For the last 10 years William has focused on refining his clay work and his understanding of the woodfiring process. When not handling clay or bricks he is often following a trail, hiking through the mountains in search of waterfalls and vistas.