In September 1973, Steve Turpin, a senior at Banks Country High School, went to work at a local pottery in Gillsville as an hourly employee doing general work around the workshop. In time, he learned to shape clay into pottery and became a large gallon turner. During his tenure of more than 27 years, Steve was manager of the Hand Made Division for a number of years. In July of 1992, he decided that he would relinquish his managerís job and return to turning pottery full-time.
During the autumn of 1993, Turpin Pottery was born in the basement of Steveís home in Homer, GA. He set up a wheel and a kiln in his basement and began turning his own variety of pottery. He will readily admit that this is what he always wanted to do. After a couple of years, Steve transformed a storage building behind his house into his workshop, where it has been housed ever since.
By September of 2000, Steve decided it was time to devote more time to his own pottery. He resigned his position with the local pottery and began to work full-time in his shop, completely focusing on his own pottery for the first time.
Since then, Steve has generated both traditional and innovative pottery in the little shop behind his house. He created the Siamese Good and Evil Jugs - which are truly unique in the world of folk pottery. He perfected his Rooster Chief and Roosters, which are incredible specimens of his artistry and inventiveness. Never one to ignore the incredible tradition behind folk pottery, Steve also creates a variety of more customary folk pottery, such as pigs and face jugs.
In addition to his line of exceptional folk pottery, Steve also produces a line of utilitarian ware. These pieces range from traditional dinnerware to canister sets to pitchers to bowls of all sizes. The unique color combinations that Steve incorporates into this line of his work make these pieces some of his most sought after items.
Steveís work will continue to be collectible for years to come because of his constant innovation, endless creativity, and undying love for folk pottery.