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DVDs donated to the Morris library

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

MORRIS – Former local master potter and porcelain expert Tom Turner has donated several DVDs to the Morris Area Public Library.

The donated DVDs “Understanding Porcelain I,”  “Understanding Porcelain II” and “Two Day Workshop & 34 Pots from 1970-2004” are now available to be checked out at the library, 604 Liberty St., according to a news release from the library.

Tom received his undergraduate degree in Art from Illinois State University in 1968.

He taught crafts while in the Army and then was asked to establish a ceramic art program for the College of Architecture at Clemson University. He also has taught at workshops and has his own studio.

Turner credits Joe Corsello, an art teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Morris, for being who he is today, according to the news release. With Corsello’s nudging, Turner decided to attend ISE and then set a person goal of becoming nationally known as a ceramic artist.

His work is in museums throughout the United States, Taiwan and China, and in 1980 his work was accepted in The National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian.

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