Monday, November 7, 2011

Celebration Collaborative - Carol Gentithes and Bruce Gholson

Carol Gentithes and Bruce Gholson holding their collaboration pieces
Bruce and Carol put thier talents together for this years Celebration of Seagrove Potters evening Gala at the Historic Luck's Cannery.  These two porcelain vessels were turned, glazed and fired by Bruce Gholson and then decorated by Carol Gentithes with her whimsical and creatively collaged over-glaze decal work.

This is the fourth year of the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, truly magnificent, truly a good event.  Michael Mahan "From the Ground Up Pottery" at one of the very first Celebration meetings suggested that maybe we could do collaborative pieces with one another for the auction on Friday evening. Since then this has become a tradition.  We all know one another and we see each other here or there, but getting together to make work with one another is a whole other world to itself. We are working everyday as studio potters in our own studios with our own clays and glazes in our own personal ways.  So when getting together to think creatively about our clay bodies, kiln firings, and glazes it takes ingenuity to put something together as a collaboration.

Carol Gentithes owns Johnston and Gentithes Art Pottery along with her husband Fred Johnston. Their pottery is located in downtown Seagrove. Look for the ceramic lizards crawling up the chimney. They moved here around 1-2 years before we moved here.  We are Alfred Alumni together, which holds a special bond for us.  Carol sculpts ceramics animals that are covered with narrative stories all placed on the piece in an intricately woven fashion. 


Bruce Gholson looking over the fantastical imagery by Carol Gentithes

close-up view of one side of the vase decorated by Carol Gentithes and thrown by Bruce Gholson

the other side of the vase decorated by Carol Gentithes and thrown by Bruce Gholson

a close-up view of the bottom of the ginger jar decorated by Carol Gentithes and thrown by Bruce Gholson

detail view of the ginger jar decorated by Carol Gentithes and thrown by Bruce Gholson

Carol Gentithes and Bruce Gholson looking at the vase and ginger jar

This is Carol's signiture on the bottom of on of the pieces
detail view of the ginger jar decorated by Carol Gentithes and thrown by Bruce Gholson
Fred Johnston, Carol Gentithes, and Bruce Gholson gazing over the collaborative creations  for the Gala Night Auction.

4 comments:

Michael Kline said...

amazing pieces! can't wait to see the Celebration.

deanandmartinpottery said...

These pieces are wonderful. What a great collaboration!!!

Bulldog Pottery said...

Thanks you two. We really thought Carol did an awesome job

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

Fred Johnston! Is that you? This is Billi RS Rothove in Gatlinburg, Arrowmont. I still have your face pot on my shelf. What are you two doing? I'd love to talk to you both!!!
billispaperbatiks@yahoo.com