By Madison Fisler Lewis
Nov. 14, 2014. On Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29, The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will host “Bountiful Clay,” celebrating works in clay by artist Tim Turner. Cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres will be served on Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. and on Saturday starting at 10 a.m., Turner will be present in the gallery as he discusses new pieces fresh from the kiln.
Tim Turner began his career with clay while working as a student at Appalachian State University. In the early 1980s, Turner moved permanently to the Boone and Banner Elk area and set up a studio where he produced his unique style of pottery for two decades.
“My goal is to produce strong, simple forms with minimal decoration,” said Turner in a previous interview.
“The majority of my work is made from high-fired stoneware and fired in a gas kiln to 2,345 degrees. Glazed with shino glazes, patterns are drawn with wax with a final glaze sprayed over. Pots are made for daily use, being food, microwave and oven safe. I also wood fire a few times a year, giving me a chance to play around with different shapes and glazes.”
For more information about Tim Turner and his work, visit www.timturnerpottery.com.
The Art Cellar Gallery is located at 920 Shawneehaw Ave. in Banner Elk. For more information, visit www.artcellaronline.com or call 828-898-5175.