‘Martello Tower’ by Annie Turner – Ceramic vessel with fishing net (detail)
I was very fortunate to have Annie Turner as a tutor on my ceramic diploma course several years ago. She is a gifted teacher who demonstrates techniques clearly and is happy to share not only her extraordinary hand-building skills but also her slip and glaze recipes.
In her studio she makes highly collectable pieces inspired by the structures, colours and textures of her home in Suffolk – in particular the River Deben, where generations of her family have lived and worked for centuries.
Annie is deeply rooted in this landscape and her beautiful ceramics vessels and sculptures, with their poetic titles such as ‘River Sluice’, ‘Martello Tower’ and ‘Wind against Tide’, clearly reflect the depth of her attachment to her surroundings.
Annie has become a friend and a constant source of inspiration. I was very sorry to hear this week that she is having a difficult time after recent back surgery. Please get well soon Annie. The world of ceramics is a richer place with you and your making skills in it!