Five of North Carolina’s most premier potters are coming together at FRANK Gallery to bridge both old and traditional approaches with new and innovative ideas.
Starting today, legendary British potter Mark Hewitt and several of his former apprentices will be collectively showing their pottery for the first time in the exhibit “A New Tradition.”
“There’s a strong sense, a similar aesthetic if you will, with common themes where everyone has room to create,” Hewitt said. “All of us are doing interesting work, and it’s very rare for this kind of group identity to be present in the modern world.”
Since 1983, Hewitt has been crafting a unique style of pottery which mixes both classical European crafting techniques with many of the folk pottery traditions of North Carolina. He has trained a number of successful artists in this new style, from Daniel Johnston, a well-known potter in Seagrove, to Alex Matisse, the great-grandson of famous European painter Henri Matisse — both of whom have pottery featured in the coming exhibit.
Johnston’s personal focus on pottery is in its form and how the structure of what he crafts relates the art to those observing it.