Bill Boyd's first contact with pottery making came in Sweden where he was attending art school in 1970. Little did he know then how those moments were about to influence his future path. He went on to establish "Solbacken Ceramics" with Bettan in a seaside village in south-west Sweden. There they produced earthenware, gas fired stoneware, and wood fired stoneware in kilns Bill designed and built. During those 11 years he met and worked with several talented and successful potters, including Geoff Savage and his friend Kennet Williamson. In Sweden he was influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic which favours simplicity and clean lines. Bill was also exposed to the work and writings of Shoji Hamada, Soetsu Yanagi and Bernard Leach. This exposed him to Asian thinking and styles, including some of the classic glazes of history: celadon, tenmoku, chun, shino and others. In 2002, Bill discovered Zinc- Silicate crystal glazes. It soon became an obsession and he has pursued this elusive phenomenon continually since then. He lives and works with his wife Shao Fang on beautiful Galiano Island in the Southern Outer Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.