John Johnson, Little River artisan and owner of Mud Bucket Pottery was recognized by the Associated Artists of Southport (AAS) for his artwork, “3 Ribbons” (pictured). The piece, a stoneware wheel-thrown and altered clay server, received third place in the 3-Dimensional Art Category in the 2009 AAS Spring Art Show.

Johnson’s piece is glazed in variegated slate blue, waterfall brown, and weathered bronze green, true to the artist’s signature style which incorporates colors of the Carolinas in functional works of art. Johnson, who came to South Carolina from West Virginia, brings over 30 years of experience to the studio he owns and runs in Little River.

Recently, Johnson was a featured artist at the 33rd Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival at Huntington Beach State Park near Murrell’s Inlet. The Mud Bucket, Johnson’s studio and gallery offers instruction for beginners and intermediate artists alike.

Located at 279 Highway 57 S., contact The Mud Bucket for more information at (843) 399-8702 or visit their website at www.mudbucketpottery.com. —Moira Phillips