William K. Turner was born in Miami, Florida on August 25, 1951. At the age of twelve, he moved to Shreveport, LA and graduated from high school there in 1970. He attended Northeast Louisiana University, where he studied business management, then fine art, concentrating in ceramics. Mr. Turner moved to Tampa in 1974, to take a post as vice-president of C & F Wholesale Ceramics. In 1983, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida, where he specialized in raku and salt-glaze firing. At the same time he began development of Kaleido-Tiles, 3-D ceramic tile patterns. In 1986, the USF Centre Gallery held a one-man show of the Kaleido-Tile Collection.