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William Turner, Potter

William TurnerTurner has a special Copper Matte Raku Glaze that he has worked with and developed over the last 20 years. He sell it all over the world. "This glaze is the best, most consistent Copper Matte glaze I have ever seen. I get more colors with this one glaze then most raku artist get with ten glazes" states Turner. He has developed techniques for pulling and reducing his work where he is able to get the darker; reds, blues, and purples, or he can get the lighter pastels of gold's, pinks, lavenders, and torquoise. Turner rarely loses a piece because of cracks. He hardly ever get scaring on the sides from the reduction. He also has a special method for taking the smell out of the piece so when you get it and put it in your home, there is no burnt smell. This method also sets the colors to last for many years.

Turner has four techniques of raku that he produces in his line. Each is unique and developed by him. He rotates these four techniques between about 50 to 75 of his over 100 raku shapes. There are 30 or so shapes that are his standards. The plain Copper Matte glaze sprayed over the whole piece is classic. Copper Matte shows the flame patterns and the velvet surface is vibrant. The Oriental Grass technique is very popular. This one has metallic wistful blades of grass on the Copper Matte background. The Spattered technique is his abstract, modern approach. The random metallic gloss glaze on the Copper Matte is very fresh. Then there is the Sponged technique which he has a lot of fun with. "There is so much I can do with this one and I love doing it new ways" says Turner. He uses a large sea wool sponge to make puzzle like patterns of gloss glaze on the Copper Matte background. "No matter which is your favorite the neatest thing about raku is no two will ever look the same. Which brings me back to why I love raku so much. I can do the same piece or shape over and over again, but when I pull that lid off the can and look inside, I am always wowed by what I see" remarks Turner.

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