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Bill Baron first started making art while in high school, where, under the influence of California caricature artist Big Daddy Ross, he painted and airbrushed tee-shirts. After taking art classes at Bismarck State College, he went on to earn a Bachelor degree in Art in 1969 from the University of North Dakota.
Always one to look for new experiences, Bill tried his hand at pottery in the mid-1970s and soon found himself to be in high demand. In 1980, Bill made approximately 50 porcelain bowls to be given by then-Governor Arthur Link to a visiting Japanese delegation.
During the months of January, February, and March 2002, he was one of the featured artists in the offices of North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven.
In 2003, Baron retired after 30 years of teaching in Beloit, Wisconsin, at Century High School in Bismarck, and at the North Dakota State Industrial School (now called the Youth Correctional Center) in Mandan.
Baron, along with his wife Gail, maintains a working pottery studio in Mandan where he produces functional stoneware, low-fire salt, Raku, and experimental porcelain. Formerly known as Shed pottery, the studio is a Pride of Dakota member whose wares are sold at summer art shows all over the upper Midwest, through an extensive wholesale market, and through special orders.
- Ben Nemenoff
Contact Bill and Gail Baron/Shed Pottery:
1500 Highway 1806 South
Mandan, ND 58554