Anne Türn

Anne Türn was born in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied at Tallinn Art University

(1984-1990), followed by postgraduate studies at Kassel University, Germany. She is a member of the Estonian Artists Union, Estonian Union of Ceramic Artists and the International Academy of Ceramics.

She continues to experiment in various media, such as ceramics, glass and light installations. She has been exhibiting internationally since 1993. She won her first Grand Prix in in Zagreb, Croatia at International Triennale of Small Ceramics in 1997, followed by a Merit Award at Flechers Challenge Award, NZ  and Grand Prix at The Second Biennale of Ceramics, Monterrey, Mexico, both in 1998. She has won awards from GIC Biennale, Icheon, Korea in 2017, and Taiwan Ceramics Biennale in 2020, most recently  Spring Exhibition, Art House Tallinn – Viewers`Choice Award (2021). Anne has participated at workshops and conferences in Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Finland, USA, China, Croathia, Korea and New Zealand.

“For me being a ceramist is a way of living along with love for nature and wilderness. I have been experimenting with traditional materials – clay, glass and light for more than 20 years, trying to break the rules, trying to make things that at first seemed impossible. With ceramics it is like with nature. You have to listen. Never go against it. The mountains tell a mountaineer what you are allowed to do, and the same happens with ceramics. I love to let the materials play, let things happen, let the materials create miracles. I love to expand borders, walk on the edge.

Inspiration comes from the glaciers of Alaska and the Himalayas, the endless world of snow, clouds and whiteness, the power of the mountains.

I have been making “crazy” surfaces for quite some time. First building “hair” drop by drop, now letting the “hair” form on its own. My work is about testing the limits of materials and myself. It is like the cooperation of me and the materials. I give them the possibility. Using paperclay and letting the mix of glazes and glass melt as they wish. Giving them the possibility to create miracles.

My work is about the fragility of the nature, the fragility of life.”

Anne Türn’s website

Anne Türn​ is one of the artists in Peripheries, an exhibition of contemporary Estonian ceramics, part of EDGES, The Ceramic House – find out more