The Suffolk landscape is all important to Annie Turner. More specifically the River Deben, where her family have lived for generations provides an important source of inspiration. It is from the Deben’s banks that Turner has collected fossilised sharks teeth, feathers and general fragments and detritus on innumerable walks, which she uses in her sculptures to create ‘objects that trigger the memory’.  As much collective memory as personal recollection.

Her pieces encapsulate perfectly the broader landscape, while the texture and weather of this water land and the colour of the reflected sky are mirrored in the rich and varied textures of her sculptures.

Annie’s work has been widely exhibited around the world, including Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Galerie Helene Poree in Paris and at the European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass in Belgium. Annie’s work is collected by Museums and collectors internationally.

1958 Born Kent

Education:  1980 – 1983  MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London

1976 – 1979  BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design – Ceramics, Bristol Polytechnic, Bristol.


2017    Collect, Saatchi Gallery, Joanna Bird, London
2016    The New Arts Centre, Roche Court
2015    Collect, Saatchi Gallery, Joanna Bird, London
2014    Exhibition Ceramics and Photography Erskine Hall & Coe London
2013    Collect, Saatchi Gallery London.
2013    Ceramic Art London. R.C.A London
2012    Aneta and Annie, Exhibition Contemporary Ceramics Centre London.
2012    Collect, Saatchi Gallery London.
2012    Solo Exhibition Galerie Helene Poree Paris2011
             Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, represented by Joanna Bird Pottery;
             SOFA New York  represented by Joanna Bird Pottery;
             Ceramic Art London, Lecture Series, ‘A River Runs Through It’
2010    European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass,
             Belgium; Lecture series, Dulwich Picture Gallery
             London; Navigation, School House Gallery
             North Yorkshire; Modern British Potters,
             Goldmark Gallery Rutland; Contemporary Ceramics
             Galerie Besson, London
2009    Diverse Practices, Barrett Marsden Gallery,
             London; Vanguard Court Studios, The Scottish Gallery,
             Edinburgh; Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition,
             London; Confluence APT Gallery London
2008    SOFA Chicago, represented by Joanna Bird;
             Twenty Years,Twenty Pots, Galerie Besson London;
             Monochrome excellence in Grey Scale,
             Lund Gallery, North Yorkshire
2007    Hue Line and Form, Contemporary Applied Arts,
             London; River, Royal Birmingham Society for Artists,
             Birmingham (solo); Pathways, Garden Gallery,
             The Oxford Museum, Oxford
2006    Classic Contemporary Ceramics, Galerie Besson London;
             Keramic Symposium, Gumunden,
             Austria, (touring); Ceramic Art London,
             Royal College of Art, London
2005    Contemporary Potters, Galerie Besson, London;
             Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2004    Annie Turner, Galerie Besson, London (Solo)
             SOFA, Chicago, represented by Galerie Besson,
             Invited Artist on the Lecture Programme sponsored by the Crafts Council
2000    Mixing It, Dartington Arts Centre, Dartington
1996    New Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
1992    Aspects of Sculpture, Gallerie Handwerk, Munich
1989    Metaphor and Change, New British Ceramics,
             Geleerte für Englishe Karamik, Marianne Heller, Heidelberg

Public collections

Shipley Art Gallery
National Museum Of Wales, Cardiff
State University Buffolo New York U.S.A – Annette Cravens
The Grainer Collection U.S.A
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Victoria and Albert Museum

Courtesy of Joanna Bird, London.  Photos © Sophie Mutevalian & Michael Harvey