Emily Baker was born in Grass Valley, California and received her BFA in Interior Design from California State University, Chico. Upon graduating, she worked in the fabrication industry, predominantly in steel and mold making. She received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 where she focused on performance, installation and bronze casting.
Throughout her practice, she plays upon sensibilities gained from her background as a competitive gymnast. Her work focuses heavily on the idea of identity, repair, and retroactive healing, both within the body and of place.
Emily has shown her work nationally and regularly participates in workshops at craft schools such as Haystack, Penland, Anderson Ranch, and The Corning Museum of Glass. She has attended residencies at Salem Art Works, Vermont Studio Center, and The Steel Yard. In her spare time, she travels to attend cast iron pours and conferences throughout the United States, most recently the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art Practices, Western Cast Iron Alliance Conference and the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art.