Turner covers the entire making process, from forming to finishing through firing. Get ready for ceramic information overload!

Turner covers the entire making process, from forming to finishing through firing.

If you’ve ever attended a workshop, you know that you come away with more information than you could possibly remember or apply, and your head is swimming with new ideas and projects to try in your own studio. Not only do you get ideas for how the presenter makes his or her own work, but you get the benefit of their experience and the insight behind their work.

These excerpts from a two-day workshop with Tom Turner go beyond the basic how-to video to document the vast knowledge and experience of an established master potter. They are just a small sampling of what is available on the four DVD set. Enjoy!—Sherman Hall, Ceramic Arts Daily

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Turner discusses surface decoration as it is integrated with form. Using faceting, paddling, fluting and stamping, he demonstrates several approaches to developing the full potential of a pot’s surface.
Don’t forget about the glaze! Turner “thinks out loud” about about what kind of glaze needs to go on a particular kind of pot. The earlier in the process you consider the final piece, the better the piece will be.
We all love tools, and Turner has no shortage. One handy tool is a coggle wheel he made, and while it is a simple design, he stresses that it can, and should, be used in many different ways.


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Make your work your own by inventing new ways of treating surfaces. For that matter, invent new surfaces. Here, Turner is decorating an exaggerated flange on the under side of a lid.
Don’t forget the form. In-depth analysis of form is just about the only way to get better and more deliberate with your work, and Turner discusses this idea both in theory and in practice.


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