Baker & Tanner

Joy Tanner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She was a Resident Artist at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, and EnergyXChange in Burnsville, NC. She has been a full time potter since 2004. In the fall of 2013, she and her husband, who’s also a potter, William Baker, moved into their new studi in Bakersville, NC where they currently work. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, and the Toe River Arts Council and exhibits her work in regional and national galleries. She is also a founding member of a local cooperative gallery, Mica, in downtown Bakersville, North Carolina.

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, he stumbled into clay and 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. He and his wife, also a potter, Joy Tanner, built their own studio in Bakersville, NC where they work full time. Will is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Toe River Arts Council and exhibits his work in regional and national galleries. He was a founding member of the cooperative gallery, Mica Fine Contemporary Craft in Bakersville, NC and participated there from 2011-2015. When not handling clay or bricks he can be found hiking through the mountains in search of waterfalls and vistas.

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