20th century pottery


March 9, 2019
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BIG BERTHA Burners This is a “Big Bertha” 500,000 BTU propane burner. It is in my opinion the best gas burner in the world. It requires no electricity and there are no air adjustments, all reduction is done with the damper. Refer to “Theoretical Reduction Firing” elsewhere on this site. Don Reitz used them years […]

From 2005

March 7, 2019
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To Be More Clear 12/26/05  To Be More Clear  I have said things and written articles that I believe have been misunderstood. I want to reiterate my thoughts in hopefully a clearer venue. The first point is to realize that I am from the Academic University School of Ceramic Art. Studying in the 60’s in […]

Pittsburg Tribune Show Review

March 6, 2019
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ARTICLES By Kurt Shaw TRIBUNE-REVIEW ART CRITIC Sunday, December 19, 2004Tom Turner is a potter’s potter. He even has a type of clay named after him, “Tom Turner Porcelain,” which he invented and is currently being manufactured by Standard Ceramic Supply Co. of Carnegie. However, it’s not his clay that has brought this Ohio potter […]

What Is The American Ceramic Tradition?

March 5, 2019
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What is the American Ceramic Tradition? Last year my wife and I made our first trip to Japan after 40 years of dreaming of such a trip. In Japan tradition rules, and here in the United States we wonder what it is. It seems they are locked into tradition and we are locked out. Back […]

2/12/19–I am beginning to move listings from my old website, www.tomturnerporcelain.com to this website.

February 12, 2019
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My old website has served me very well and I want to thank Richard Clem for building that site and maintaining it all these years. This will take some time, lots of copy/paste, but once done everything will be on this site. Thank you for your patience and your support all of these years. tom

Retrospective Show posts coming along.

January 14, 2019
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Each day I am posting pots from my Retrospective Show in 2014 and am up to the mid 90’s. I stopped making pots for 4 1/2 years and did other things. Read all about it at www.tomturnergallery.com, under Collections, under Retrospective Show.


January 12, 2019
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I have embarked on a great project- a Ceramic Art Autobiography. I started to post the pots from my 1974 Retrospective show at The Bascomb in Highlands, NC but decided not to post them for sale. INSTEAD, I am posting them with explanations of material, process, and form-WHERE, WHAT, AND WHEN. I was going to […]

Asian and Antique Pots are posted

January 2, 2019
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Today I have finished posted my Asian pots and 19th century pots for sale. Next I will finish “Other Artists” and then my own.

Penland/Stone Lips and Feet.

September 5, 2016
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Here are 20 photographs of feet and lips that show how Penland and Stone pots were glazed and fired. There are many ways that potters sign pots without signing pots. Potters develop signatures in how they move clay, shape clay, finish the surface,  deal with the foot, the lip, mix glaze, glaze, stack, and fire. These photographs […]

9/3/16- John Newton Penland

September 3, 2016
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William Sr.’s (1742-1815) son John was born on November 29, 1764 in New Castle, Delaware and after some military service under Captain William Moore, John married his daughter Alice B. Moore. Captain Moore was in the expedition against the native Americans under the command of General Rutherford in the Buncombe County Hominy Creek area. Rutherford […]

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