Hello & Welcome to Turning Earth Studios
We “turn” Earth’s natural materials into functional ware
Clay, water & fire become beautiful ceramics
Wood, roots & bark become stunning vessels
Come on in to see for yourself
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Visit us at one of our upcoming shows!


About Hanna

Artist Statement

Hanna Traynham knows the value of acceptance. As both a ceramicist and a high school art teacher, she sees beauty in the unplanned, and can enjoy the journey without attachment to the destination. Hanna is passionate about learning, teaching, development and growth. Although not all pieces emerge from the kiln as planned, each unique form invigorates her interest and help to guide her journey as a ceramicist.

Hanna pushes the limits of the material, piercing her wheel thrown forms with careful attention to how the piece may alter under the high heat of the firing. Often her work will slump, acquiring an entirely organic movement that occurs only by nature.

Hanna’s work is a metaphor to life’s unpredictable circumstances. Her fragile forms reveal, with sincere intention, how uncertainties in life most often become something greater than planned.

Working Process

The Artist at Work

Go behind the scenes of Hanna’s artistic process in creating the unique pieces in her portfolio.

Click the play button on the left to see how she does it!

Wood Gallery

Collaborative Work

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Instruction & Inspiration

Hanna has a true passion for sharing her excitement in creating artwork and functional objects with her hands. Through personal engagement with her students, Hanna cultivates each enriching opportunity by providing hands-on experience in hand building and wheel throwing clay. Stirring the imagination while honing hand-eye coordination, students creatively grow through expanding their horizons with clay.

Hanna teaches art in community studios around Seattle and Portland. She also teaches small groups in her casual studio setting in NE Portland, The Clay Compound. Hanna primarily works as a high school Art teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, WA. She thrives on the diverse range of students’ artistic experience and encourages making meaning through artistic expression.

If you are interested in more details about taking a clay working course with Hanna, please email her with questions. All ages and levels of experience welcome!


Poest’s wood turnings draw the attention and intrigue of everyone who experiences them. His technical ability to create rough cut chunks of trees into refined and beautifully elegant works of art is a feat many woodworkers strive to achieve. Poest loves sharing his process and refining details with those who recognize his expertise.

Poest gives demonstrations regularly at Woodcrafters in Portland. He also teaches small groups in his own wood shop in NE Portland. If you are interested in more details about taking a wood turning course with Poest, please email him with questions. Some wood working experience is suggested, but not required. Wood appreciation is a must. Students must be 18 years or older.

Follow Poest on Instagram: #poestswood

Upcoming & Past Shows


NCECA’s 51st Annual Conference Portland, Oregon March 22-25, 2017
  • 2014
    • First Thursdays in the Pearl
    • Laurelhurst Holiday Art Bazaare
  • 2013
    • The Vera Project and Northwest Folklife Art Showcase
    • VALA art space, Redmond, Washington
    • Washington Clay Arts Association Annual Exhibit


Contact Us

Please email us with any questions about our working process, taking courses with us, displaying our work, or simply to say hello. We will be happy to correspond with you.

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