Kate Johnston was introduced to pottery at a very young age. She was assisting professional potters by the age of 9. It didn’t take her long to begin working as a studio assistant to Terry Plasket at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, NJ. At just 16 years old she became Wheaton Arts’ youngest production potter. After graduating from prestigious Alfred University, Kate relocated to Randolph County, North Carolina to add her voice and skills to the wild clay and wood firing movement so prevalent in our state.
A small woman in stature, she is none-the-less able to create huge urns and containers using an old Taiwanese technique of coiling. You can recognize Kate’s work by her refined, organic, and Art Deco inspired patterns that she creates by slip carving, then strategically applying an ash glaze, and finally firing in a large wood-burning kiln. Her wares are not only beautiful, but completely functional, usable for food and the table they are microwave & dishwasher safe.