Throws stoneware clay and makes a variety of press moulded bottles and dishes. With the use of rope and material each piece is then inlaid with different coloured slips. Glazes are made largely of local materials including wood ash and granite. All work is reduction fired in the sixty-five cubic foot gas-fired kiln.
Studied ceramic design at Chelsea College of Art,
1985 studied potting and kiln building in Mashiko in Japan.
1986 studied with the Japanese master, Tatsuzo Shimaoka, a National Treasure.
1987 First pottery in Hartsop near Patterdale.
1994 Grange over Sands, Cumbia.
Piece selected by HRH The Queen to be given to President Chirac.
Piece selected by The British Government and presented to the Emperor of Japan.
Banque Paribas & The Royal Bank of Scotland have included William's work in their corporate board rooms and public spaces.
2010 Goodnestone park gardens Kent
2006 Blackwell Arts and Crafts House Windermere
2006 Ewan Mundy Fine Art Glasgow
2004 Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh
2000 Abbot Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Kendal
1992 to 1999. Once yearly show at Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh
1989 to 1997. Once yearly show at Spink & Son London
Work included in joint shows in the UK as well as in the USA including:
2008 'Uncorked on Cork Street': joint exhibition with painter Leoni Gibbs at Gallery 27, London
2006 Maltby Art Winchester
2006 Beauxs Art Bath
2005 Collect at the V & A represented by Joanna Bird
2004 Joanna Bird at SOFA Chicago
2002 Joanna Bird at SOFA Chicago, USA
Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria
Townley Hall Museum, Burnley, Lancashire
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Banque Paribas, London
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House Windermere Cumbria
Royal Bank of Scotland, London