Daniel Johnston is rapidly becoming one of North Carolina’s most recognized potters. He works in traditional forms with classic wood-fired ash and salt glazes, but he always seems to find a way to make his already amazing work more special. The recent installation at the Greenhill Gallery in Greensboro, North Carolina, is no exception. For this show Daniel created 36 similar pots, all versions of a large storage jar with ash glaze. Each one is beautiful and unique, but he didn’t stop there. He went on to create an entire installation around them which was awe-inspiring. It consisted of a curved tunnel composed of rough-sawn pine lumber radiating from the center outwards. Inside the tunnel he built a curved pedestal running its length upon which sit 35 of the pots. To view the pots it is necessary to enter the tunnel and walk down either side of the central pedestal in close proximity to the pots, which invites the viewer to examine them closely, to run their hands over the surfaces and feel the texture of the clay and the glaze. And at the end of the tunnel the 36th pot is set apart as emblematic of the whole.
Daniel invited me to come and document the work. With an assistant, Matt Moore, and the guidance and assistance of Daniel, we spent nearly eight hours at the gallery at night when the lights were out and the windows were dark, creating the images you see here. I hope it is the next best thing to being there. Enjoy!
See more of Daniel Johnston’s work at: http://danieljohnstonpottery.com