A New Tradition: Mark Hewitt, Daniel Johnston, Alex Matisse, Joseph Sand & Matt Jones
Since 1983, when Mark Hewitt began making pots near Pittsboro, NC, a much-admired new style of North Carolina pottery has emerged. Dovetailing what he learned as an apprentice under legendary pioneering British potter, Michael Cardew, with what he found in the folk pottery traditions of North Carolina and the rest of the South, Mark has created an attractive hybrid style that honors the past while making it fresh and new.
A number of his former apprentices are now scattered across the state doing excellent work in their own right, and this show at FRANK will be the first time this group will have exhibited together.
Daniel Johnston, near Seagrove, has a growing reputation for his beautiful, superbly made pots, big and small. Check out Daniel Johnston Pottery.
Joseph Sand is using a variety of colorful glazes to distinguish his strong, lively work.
Matt Jones has carved a name for himself with his gorgeously ornamented work, his intellect shining through all he does
Alex Matisse, Henri Matisse's great grandson, is establishing his own distinct aesthetic credentials with deftly decorated pots, and a probing experimental flare.
This show offers a glimpse into the complexity of the relationship between the individual and tradition. How does aesthetic identity emerge from established models and training? How does quality develop within a close-knit group of inspired practitioners? How is an individual voice heard in a choir?