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Collaborative Clay with Daniel Johnston


The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Museum of Art require studio program participants ages 13 and up to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 NAAT or PCR test result; test results must be within 72 hours of the event. Please plan to have one of these items in hand upon entry for Museum personnel.

Students in this four-day workshop collaborate with Seagrove potter Daniel Johnston on a single large-scale temporary clay installation in the Museum Park. Johnston demonstrates various techniques he has developed over the years for working large scale with clay.

Supplies are included in the class fee.

About the artist

Daniel Johnston apprenticed in the Leach-Cardew-Hewitt school of making pots. He practiced utilizing local materials and firing large wood-burning kilns in locations such as England and Thailand. During his time in northeast Thailand, in the village of Phon Bok, he worked with Thai potters producing large utilitarian jars with the intention of introducing a Southeast Asian influence into traditional North Carolina pottery. In the ten years since, Johnston has established his pottery studio and kiln in Seagrove.

Johnston is featured in museum collections at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Mint Museum, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, and North Carolina Pottery Center. He has lectured and taught workshops at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, Penland School of Craft, and St. Ives Ceramics.

Image courtesy of Daniel Johnston


Apr 19, 2022


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


$300 Members, $320 Nonmembers


Museum Park, Ellipse

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Special Instructions:
This workshop meets Tuesday—Friday, April 19—22.
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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