DigiPen Institute of Technology - Department of Fine Arts
Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
Senior Lecturer, Ceramics
Ken Turner discovered the wonders of ceramics early in life. In 1972 clay became his life long passion entering Peninsula Community College before graduating from Sammamish High School to pursue his education and career in clay. He apprenticed with a potter/designer/craftsman in Seattle and attended countless workshops by notable ceramic artists prior to attending the Kansas City Art Institute (1978). In 1983 Ken built his studio and kiln in Seattle where he continues to design and produce finely crafted one-off porcelain and stoneware pottery, sculpture and decorative ceramic vessels.
Ken has had numerous exhibitions, his work in the collection of the Washington Art consortium along with work in many permanent collections including the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, Museum of Northwest Art, and The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA. Ken’s work has been shown and collected internationally; Concept Exhibition of Post Imperial Porcelain, Palace Museum Beijing, China, and is well represented in well numerous publications and private collections.
Ken has defined his career in all aspects of the clay world, from studio pottery production to refined one-offs of decorative porcelain vessels and clay sculpture to kiln design and fabrication. Considered a master of his craft Mr. Turner has toured and lectured across China including The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, China. He has been a respected teacher of ceramic techniques at Universities, Colleges and Art Centers since 1994. He is currently a BFA instructor of Ceramics and the Director of the “Plastic Arts Lab” at DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA) where he designed and equipped the ceramic facility and the ceramic classes curriculums. He is a member of NWDC (Northwest Designer Craftsman) and the WCA (Washington Cay Artist - formerly none as the WPA Washington Potters Association).
“Introducing DigiPen students to clay and the ceramic arts has been very rewarding to me personally. Helping students get past their struggles and frustrations and seeing the joy of success and accomplishment on their faces never gets old”.
Visit his archive website at www.kenturnerpottery.com