William K. Turner was born in Miami, Florida on August 25, 1951. At the age of twelve, he moved to Shreveport, LA and graduated from high school there in 1970.He attended Northeast Louisiana University, where he studied business management, then fine art, concentrating in ceramics. Mr. Turner moved to Tampa in 1974, to take a post as vice-president of C & F Wholesale Ceramics. In 1983, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida, where he specialized in raku and salt-glaze firing.
Mr. Turner is one of a few artists in the United States who produce copper matte raku fired ware year-round. He personally pulls every piece from the kiln and inspects each piece of Raku Art before it is signed and dated. The Copper Matte glaze used is one that he has formulated and worked with for many years. He achieves a wide range of colors and has perfected both light and dark raku finishes. William uses many unique shapes in his line that are the canvas for his Raku Art, painted with fire.
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