Carol Gentithes grew up in the flatlands of Ohio. She graduated in 19something from Duke University with a B.A. in English Literature. From graduation she worked several years in the travel industry where she managed a travel agency, escorted groups to Russia, handled tourist campaigns for notorious countries etc… In 1989 she was accepted to Alfred University where she received her B.F.A. cum laude in ceramics. To establish her own perspective and style from what she had absorbed at school, Carol was a resident artist for a year at the Arrowmont School of Art in Tennessee. In 1997, Carol and her husband, Fred Johnston, established Johnston & Gentithes Art Pottery in Seagrove, NC. Carol & Fred received the NCECA 2010 International Artist Residency in Jingdezhen, China for 6 weeks at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute to explore ancient and contemporary Chinese porcelain.
Carol is best known for her quixotic sculptures. Abstracting from mythology, literature and life’s observations, the subject matter ranges anywhere from pictorial witticisms to political commentaries. Carol’s work has been published in several books and periodicals. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Pottery Center, the Hermitage Museum and Mint Museum.