Signed ‘Fred Johnston’. With origins rooted in the southern folk pottery traditions of North Carolina, Fred Johnston draws from many cultures – Greek, Korean, Chinese, Pre-Columbian, European and Mimbres. However, his shapes and decorations are bold, distinctive and imaginative. His work is exhibited globally and can be found in the Mint Museum permanent collection and is published in many periodicals and books. Living in the Seagrove area of North Carolina, Johnston is part of one of the largest concentrations of working potters in the country with over 100 potteries located in a twenty-mile radius and history dating back to 1781. The orange peel texture on this pot is the result of salt firing.