Beetle Tray-Lowell Baker
This beautiful tray is made by a former professor at the University of Alabama. Approximately 14"x14"x2".
Lowell Baker’s pottery is fired in a wood burning kiln to temperatures in excess of 2,300 degrees. At these extreme temperatures the wood ash, which circulates through the kiln, sticks to the surface of the ware and
melts to form a natural alkaline glaze. Wood fired pottery has been compared to found objects. Baker is appreciated for the subtle surface variations produced by the natural flow of ash and flame through the kiln.
As you examine the work you will find each piece tells its story of the fire. Each piece is designed to be enhanced by the natural coloration of the wood firing. Baker prefers working in a monumental scale using
little surface decoration and minimal glazing to allow the flame and temperature to work their magic. Lowell Baker was a member of the faculty of the Department of Art at The University of Alabama from
1991-2013. He was a regular feature article contributor and technical writer for Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Baker has taught over fifty national and international workshops on kiln construction and design and wood firing techniques. His designs have been published in three textbooks, and his work has been collected internationally.