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. He loves to play with idea of cross pollination between different cultures and is highly influenced by the power of nature. His shapes and images are bold, distinctive and imaginative.
Carol is best known for her quixotic sculptures. Handbuilt with coils, slabs and pinch pots, her zoomorphic sculptures can be seen in vivid color. Abstracting from mythology, literature and life’s observations, the subject matter ranges anywhere from pictorial witticisms to political commentaries.
Fred Johnston and Carol Gentithes met at Alfred University in upstate New York, graduating with BFAs from the School of Ceramics. Fred went on to earn an MFA in ceramics from Penn State. Both were artists-in-residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee, the National Estonian Art Academy in Tallin, Estonia and Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China . In 1997 they moved to Seagrove, NC and established Johnston & Gentithes Studios where they continue to work, play and sell their ceramic innovations .