Lesley Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design/architecture from Texas A&M University, and an MFA degree in studio ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She taught at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts (CCA) for ten years, prior to being an associate professor of ceramics at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since 2018 Baker has been associate professor and department head of ceramics at RISD, in Providence. She has completed many residencies, including in China at the Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen; in Australia, Denmark, and many in the United States, such as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Her work has been exhibited internationally.