Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Fri, Jul 21, 2017 12:30PM EDT
Seagrove, North Carolina
Large Lidded Vessel, 2017. Hand thrown wood-fired stoneware. 42”H x 25”W. Value $3,000. Gift of the artist. Courtesy Peters Projects, Santa Fe.
Daniel Johnston, b. 1961, Seagrove, North Carolina, grew up in a farming family but found influence in the local pottery community. He has apprenticed in the Leach, Cardew, and Hewitt school of making pots. For nearly fifteen years he has devoted his time to understanding the many traditions of his craft. He states,"I do not try to control my materials, rather I try to understand them." This pot is part of a groundbreaking Installation (906 - 955) White to Black at Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM (June 2 - August 26, 2017) and consists of 50 large jars lining a custom-built corridor extending from the front to the back entrance of the gallery. Walking through this installation is transformative; 50 jars rest on a continuous curving bench 3' from the ground, placing them intimately close and slightly above eye level. The light flickers through vertical spacing between the wooden slats, landing high on the shoulders of the massive vessels. Daniel Johnston's earliest influences stem from working in a high volume North Carolina production studio at the age of 16, where thousands of pieces were produced with a high level of accuracy, culminating in making over 60,000 pots in a two-year period.