Artist Statement

Bill Boyd began making pottery in 1970, in Sweden, where he worked with several talented potters and taught ceramics.

Over time, the Scandinavian influence melded with an Asian aesthetic, bringing Boyd to his signature work of classic simplicity. "I am interested more in creating beautiful ceramics admired by all cultures than in creating something unique."

In the past his work was associated with the more subtle glazes such as Shino, Temmoku and Celadon. Since 2002, his traditional forms have become the playground for explorations into crystalline glazing. This challenging, relatively new glazing process that involves growing zinc-silicate crystals in the glaze at high temperatures is often avoided by other potters because of the difficulties inherent in the process. Boyd is now one of the leading names in crystalline glazing, and his work has been exhibited in Europe and North America.

Bill Boyd lives on Galiano Island in British Columbia.



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