Lesley Baker has a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She received the Emerging Artist award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in 2005.
Baker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the Guldergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, to name a few. Images of her work can be found in numerous publications including Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation by Ruth Kohler, Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, Ceramics and Print by Paul Scott, and The Best of 500 Ceramics published by Lark Books. In 2017 she will have two works included in Cast to be published by Schiffer Publishing.
Baker has also participated in numerous artist residencies, including those at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana; the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency, Wisconsin; the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark; and most recently The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.
Baker has received grant support to research both 2- and 3-dimensional digital applications of printing on and with clay. Her work focuses on altercations to nature and possible futures due to new technology.