Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teapots: An Invitational - Tom Turner Mars Hill, NC

Tom Turner Spouted Vessel with three hand cups $600
wheel thrown porcelain paddled, stamped, multiple Oilspot glazes
(7.75" x 11" x  8")
Tom received his undergraduate degree in Art from Illinois State University in 1968. He taught crafts while in the Army and then was asked to establish a ceramic art program for the College of Architecture at Clemson University.  He did so in 1971 and taught there until 1976 when he resigned to work full time in his studio.  He received his MFA at Clemson in 1973, moved to Florida in 1979, moved to 1982 to Medina, Ohio, moved to Delaware, Ohio in 1986 and moved to Mars Hill, North Carolina in 2005.

He has worked with high fired porcelain for over 35 years.

Tom has taught at the leading craft schools in the country such as Penland, Arrowmont, The Archie Bray Foundation and has conducted over 125 workshops throughout the United States and has been a visiting artist at Illinois State University and The Ohio State University.

Major shows include Young Americans 1969; The Marietta Crafts National 1974, 1977, 1981; The 33rd Scripps College Invitational; Functional Ceramics at Wooster, Ohio 1978, 1981, 1983; 35 Artists of the Southeast, New Directions: Fiber and Clay; 20 American Potter, which toured the world and became collections of American Embassies; The Emergence of a New Tradition: American Porcelain, at The Hand and Spirit Gallery; and American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art, shown at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution which later tours the United States and the world. He has also exhibited in over 150 invitationals and over 50 juried shows.

His work has appeared in Craft Horizons, American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, The Washingtonian, House Beautiful, Southern Living, Ceramica - Madrid, Spain, Ceramic Review -London, England and numerous books.

Website: http://www.tomturnerporcelain.com/

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