Inspired by Asheville's vibrant food culture, Todd Johnson creates meticulously handcrafted pots for people who care about food. With forms inspired both by his travels in Asia and the venerable North Carolina pottery tradition, and colors and textures reflecting the mountains and rivers of Southern Appalachia, he is constantly honing his craft to create pots that balance beauty and usefulness.
"Making pottery is satisfying in a way that's unique in my experience," he says. "It engages so many different aspects of the mind. It's meditative, meaning it requires being engaged in the moment. You have to learn to observe very closely with both your eyes and your hands. And then there's the technical aspect, where you're applying math and the scientific method, formulating glazes, firing. Being able to employ all that stuff in creating something beautiful is immensely satisfying."