large thrown stoneware vase, probably mid-century, maybe robert chapman turner's work
Not able to get the vase out of my mind, I contacted him the next day with a substantially lower price offer, which he accepted immediately, with no haggling, thank goodness.
Upon inspection when I got it home, the signature on the bottom clearly read "Turner." And I knew there'd been an important potter named Turner, so I immediately began researching on google. This pot doesn't look anything like what Robert Chapman Turner made most recently, thrown and altered pieces, before his death in 2005, but I DID find photos of some of his earlier pots that could easily be thrown and glazed by the same person and I found one photo of his signature online that looks remarkably like the signature on the bottom of this pot. I'm definitely curious about the pot's maker and history, but more because I'm a curious person who enjoys solving puzzles and mysteries, not because it gives the pot any more value to me. I'm going to contact the vendor about where HE bought this piece because I think it may offer some clues about it's provenance and maker.
If you're reading this and have any insight into whether it could be a piece by Robert Chapman Turner, drop me an email.