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Tom Turnbull

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1977-1980 Classics, Industrial Arts Studies, New York University, New York, New York

1979 Coursework, Latin and Greek Institute, The Graduate Institute, City University of New York, New York, New York


Founder, Mid Ceramic Supply Company, Nashville, Tennessee

1990's Inventor, Founder, Opulence Glaze TM

1999—Sole Proprietor, Turnbull Pottery Inc.


Tom Turnbull is known for wheel-thrown porcelain functional pottery and decorative vessel forms. Turnbull often pinches a fingerprint into the surface of the clay in the greenware stage. This acts as the potter’s mark and as a reminder of the hand that made it. Turnbull often uses a brightly colored glaze palette which on occasion features landscape-like brushwork.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia







the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Typical Marks
Date: 2004
Form: Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Form: Plate
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnik, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 16, 2018.