Fred Johnston

Short Bio

Fred learned to make pots in the Seagrove area in the 1980's. Working odd jobs around the different potteries, Fred worked for Mark Hewitt, Ben Owen and Dover Pottery. This experience was the catalyst for Fred's commitment and passion to the pottery vernacular, which turned into an adventure and education. After attending Montgomery Community College , Fred left Seagrove in 1989 to attend the famed Alfred University . At Alfred University , Fred received a BFA degree in ceramics. Upon completion of his BFA, Fred was awarded a full scholarship to Penn State University where he received his MFA. In 1996 Fred was selected to be resident artist for a year at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee .

Fred's origins in clay are rooted in the southern folk pottery traditions of North Carolina . Growing up in the rural south has given him access to its colorful history and characters, which serve as a wellspring of ideas. Storytelling is a regional pastime consequently he questions how a pot can tell a story. Though his work draws from many cultures Greek, Korean, Chinese, Pre-Columbian, European and Mimbres, his shapes and decorations are bold, distinctive and imaginative. Fred's work is shown in renowned galleries and exhibitions including the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington , DC , the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show in Philadelphia , PA , the Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville , NC , and the Lill Street Gallery in Chicago , IL and Lascoste Gallery in Concord , MA . His work has been published in several books and periodicals.


Johnston & Genthithes Art Pottery

249 East Main Street
Seagrove, NC , 27341