Kate Johnston opened her pottery studio in Seagrove, North Carolina in 2010. Kate’s pots are made with local materials, boldly carved with organic patterns inspired by Art Deco design, and fired in a large, wood-burning kiln. Kate shows her pots throughout North Carolina and has lectured and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and New Jersey.
The carving process starts with a solid layer of slip on the still wet piece. Kate carves the border first and then her main pattern, slowly taking away the background and allowing the design to emerge. The carving is exact and these lines cannot be un-made. When the carving is finished, Kate inlays contrasting slip into the background. Lastly, ash glaze is applied on selected elements of the pattern to give it depth. At this point the piece is ready to go in the kiln.