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Tom Turner

Biography to Display: 

1945 Born Morris, Illinois

EDUCATION

1968 BS Art, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

1973 MFA Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1969-1971 United States Army Special Services, Crafts Program, Ft. Jacksonville, South Carolina

1976—Studio Potter

1971-1976 Established Ceramics Arts program, Clemson University, College of Architecture, Department of Visual Studies, Clemson, South Carolina

1986 Established Peachblow Pottery, Delaware County, Ohio (name later changed to Lewis Center, Ohio)

1986 Visiting Artist, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

1991 Visiting Artist, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

2005—Established studio near Mars Hill, N.C.

 

Tom Turner is known for a wide range of functional forms. Of these he revisited the covered jar form perfecting a thin-walled vessel and producing hundreds. Up until 1975 Turner worked in both stoneware and porcelain glazed and salt fired.  From 1975 onward, Turner worked in porcelain which he glazed and high fired, but after 1976 did not use salt glaze but fired glazed porcelain in an old salt kiln.

 While serving in the in the US Army, he taught ceramics in the Army Special Services where his civilian supervisor introduced him to craft potters in the area of Columbia, South Carolina. After the Army, Turner set up the Ceramic Arts program at Clemson University College of Architecture, Department of Visual Studies.  It is here that he built a small salt glaze research kiln and also where he created his very first “Copper Red Vapor Glaze” on salt-glazed porcelain. He would continue to develop this glaze over several years. In 2005 Turner established his kiln in Marsh Hill, NC to pass on his knowledge.  He said of North Carolina, “…it is without doubt, ‘The Potter’s State.”

Turner credits two teachers as pivotal mentors and guides: his high school ceramics teacher, Joseph Corsello, who encouraged and helped him enroll at Illinois State University; and James Wozniak who mentored Turner at Illinois State University.  Of both Turner says, “…had a passion for teaching and guiding students along their own path.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA,Pomona, California

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

The Canton Art Center, Canton, Ohio

Ceramic Research Center, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Florence Museum, Florence, South Carolina

Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina

McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, Ohio

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

“A Domestic Fine Porcelain.” Studio Potter 6 no. 2.

Alexander, Robert. “Tom Turner.” Ceramics Monthly (March 1982).

Axel, Jan and Karen McCready. Porcelain: Traditions and New Visions. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1981.

Berman, Rick. Teapots. 1980.

Bevlin, Marjorie Elliott. Design Through Discovery. 1st and 2nd ed. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963, 1977.

Britt, John. The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes: Glazing and Firing to Cone 10. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2007.

Ceramics Monthly. cover, February 1985.

Ceramics Monthly. cover, September 1978.

Cooper, Emmanuel. Ten Thousand Years of Pottery. London, England: The British Museum Press, 2000.

“Copper Red Vapor Glaze.” Studio Potter 8 no. 1.

Conrad, John W. Contemporary Ceramic Techniques. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979.

Danhauser, Paul S. History of American Ceramics: The Studio Potter. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 1978.

Dormer, Peter. The New Ceramics. London, England: Thames & Hudson, 1986.

Herman, Lloyd. American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art. Portland, OR: Timber Press Inc., 1980.

Hopper, Robin. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1986.

___________. The Ceramic Spectrum. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1983.

___________. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2004.

Lane, Peter. Contemporary Studio Porcelain. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

_________. Ceramic Form. England: Collins 1988.

Lane, Peter. Studio Ceramics. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1983.

Nelson, Glenn C. Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook, 4th and 5th ed. New York, NY: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1978, 1983.

Ostermann, Matthias. The Ceramic Surface. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of the Everson Museum of Art. New York, NY: Rizzoli International Publishers, 1989.

Troy, Jack. Salt-Glazed Ceramics. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1977.

Turner, Tom. “PTO Powered Salt Kiln.” Studio Potter 6 no. 1 (June 1977).

Rogers, Phil. Ash Glazes. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1992.

Taylor, Patrick and Don Pilcher. “Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain.” Ceramics Monthly (March 2017).

Woodhead, Steve. The Teapot Book. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

 

 

Typical Marks
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1978
1978
1978
1978
2014
2014
1994
Bottle Vase
Date: 1975
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown (Vapor-glazed, copper red salt.)
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Tall Covered Jar with Bands
Date: 1977
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.2.81.abgift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.2.81.abgift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Broad Covered Jar
Date: 1977
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.2.79.ab, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.2.79.ab, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar
Date: 1978
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.81.ab, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.81.ab, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: 1978
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.2.78, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.2.78, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar
Date: 1978
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.5.75.ab, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2005.5.75.ab, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar
Date: 1978
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase with Honeycomb Pattern
Date: 1978
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered, Carved
Surface Technique: Celadon
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Covered Jar
Date: 1978
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of James W. and Jackie Voell
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar with Lotus Leaf Shaped Lid
Date: 1989
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 7.5 x 9"
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Egg Shaped Vase
Date: 1993
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Fluted Jar with Lugs
Date: 2014
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware, Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Chawan
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Jean and Paul Adams Collection
Photo: TMP
Jean and Paul Adams Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Melon Vase
Date: 2011
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Crystalline Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Teapot
Date: 1994
Materials: Porcelain, Mixed Media
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection

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