OF ART POTTERY
I have been at Turner Lane since 2005 and have
created a wonderful place to live and work. The studio
space came together quite well for me and for my
students as well. The past couple of years have had a
steep learning curve as I got used to a new life, new
environment, and focused my work and each students
needs. I have taught all over the country, but this is a
very unique situation because it is in my studio and the
one to one is like nothing else. My collection of 1000
pots has shown to be an incredible addition to my
demonstrations and for answering your questions. There
are 19th and 20th century pots; Japanese and Chinese
pots; and the oldest being Sung dynasty. You can go to
whatever workshops you want, but youíll never get as
much for your time and money as you will in this
situation because it is all about YOU. I think the
student comments attest to that. I will guarantee that I
can help you, if you apply yourself while you are here.
Being able to share 50 years of Ceramic Art research and
development with students is a real joy for me. What you
learn here goes home with you so that you can apply it
to your work forever. It doesnít matter if you choose to
work with porcelain or not, the technical and aesthetic
concepts apply to all pots. The main concept is to help
you learn mental and physical skills that will help you
improve your work forever. It is the concepts you take
home that is important, not what you make while you are
here. Students do not keep anything made while here.
I started out with 6 student wheels, but I am now
down to three wheels, as 6 were too many for my studio
space. I base my work and teaching on a philosophy of
ďmaterial, process, and formĒ, along with attention to
detail. By learning about the materials we use along
with mastering the techniques to use these materials,
allows us to deal with form, design, and creativity.
Without control of the material, you are itís slave.
Success and progress will be dependent upon each
studentís effort and concentration while at Turner Lane.
My classes are about thrown pottery as I am not a
caster, ram-presser, or sculptor; I am a potter. You
will work exclusively with my porcelain while here, but
concepts and practices apply to any body you choose to
use at home.
Students have been choosing their
most convenient time to take classes whether that be
week days, or week ends. I am only doing three day
classes now, and naturally there is more information and
progress in three days than two, and especially if you
are traveling a great distance, three days makes more
sense for the money invested. The more advanced the
student, the more information flows and greater progress
is possible. I have taught all over the country and in
many ways, but this is like no other teaching, or
learning. Classes are from 9Am until about 4PM, with a
lunch break trip to Mars Hill, and the three days are
very intense and focused.
I am taking students
from the beginning level on up to professional potters
making their living with pots. I feel there is something
to learn here for whatever level you are currently
working, and for whatever your intent is. Please feel
free to email or call me with any questions you might
have concerning classes. Each student is responsible for
their own transportation, lodging, and meals.
There is an abundance of wonderful adventures in and
around the Asheville area to visit while you are here.
You can go to the following websites for that
I am also just 40 minutes from the world famous Penland
School of Crafts, and only 20 minutes north of
Asheville. If you are going from one to the other, I am
only 3 miles off that route.
Classes are $200 per
day, per student, and is due upon arrival. Everything
you need is already here, so all you need to do is show
up with lots of questions and enthusiasm. I ask that
each student either call or email so we can discuss your
training and experience with clay and what you would
like to concentrate on while here. If you are driving,
please bring a few pots for me to see, and if you are
flying, maybe email me a few digitals of your work.
For overnight accommodations you can go to the
www.pondercove.com a dog
www.choicehotels.com , type in
Mars Hill, North Carolina for The Comfort Inn, or call
828-689-9000 and ask for Jody and she will give you a
small discount if you tell her you are coming to Tom
Turnerís School of Art Pottery.
MARS HILL, N.C. 28754
CLAY ART POST
If you want to
learn more than you can imagine at a very reasonable
price in a beautiful setting, try Tom Turnerís porcelain
school. Last month I spent 3 days with Mr. Turner in an
intense learning experience that has produced a quantum
leap in the quality and vitality of my work. For $200 a
day (plus the cost of a very reasonably priced hotel 10
minutes away from his Mars Hill, NC studio), Tom Turner
answered every question I could think to ask. He
cheerfully demonstrated every skill I wanted to learn.
He also showed me techniques I didnít know I was missing
Ė a situation common for those of us who learn by
workshops and occasional classes.
He provided detailed information about a wide array of
forming, trimming, and firing techniques, and explained
why he does them the way he does. 40 years of experience
was poured over me and it was one wonderful time. Now, a
month later, I am still amazed at how much I learned and
the depth of knowledge Tom Turner shared with me. He is
a very talented teacher who is fully invested in his
studentsí success and in passing on what he knows to
others. With kindness and humor, plus a wealth of great
corrected my mistakes, deepened my appreciation for
detail, and shared his views on form and design.
BTW, if porcelain intimidates you, he has developed a
porcelain formulation that will make the transition to
the beautiful white stuff easy and rewarding. I strongly
urge anyone interested in a remarkable clay learning
experience to sign up for Tom Turnerís porcelain school.
3812 North Sixth Road
Arlington, VA 22203