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Bird Bath

ca. 1950
8 3/4 x 21 3/8 x 18 in. (22.2 x 54.3 x 45.7 cm)

Robert Turner
American (Port Washington, NY, 1913 - 2005, Sandy Spring, MD)

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Stoneware
Credit Line: Gift of the Turner Family: John Frederic Turner, Robert Henry Turner, Rosalind Turner Zuses, courtesy Helen Drutt: Philadelphia
Accession Number: 2006.99
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Location: Not currently on view

After receiving his MFA in ceramics from Alfred University in 1949, Robert Turner was offered a position at Black Mountain College. There, he built a kiln and developed a studio pottery program, a focus that had not been emphasized under Josef Albers’ leadership. He recalled this time at Black Mountain College as “not a time of discovery so much as a consolidation of what I had learned.”

With so much time needing to be spent on administration, Turner felt frustrated at his inability to focus on his own work. By 1951, he left North Carolina and returned to Alfred, where he later joined the faculty at the University. He later said “Black Mountain was never a part of me at the time...It was only later that I realized something new was occurring in a social sense and in an art sense.”

Label text, Black Mountain North installation in Auditorium corridor, installed September 15, 2010
Curated by Cynthia Culbert

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