It may have been the funnest year yet!!! The photos were certainly great and the game was a total nail biter. With team Australia squeaking out a narrow victory over team Mexico.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the 4th annual family kickball game on. The island in Marshall.
#impartialtomarshall #workhardplayhard #apotterslife #kickball

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A lot of times my friends ask me what I’ve been doing, and I’ll tell them that I’m renovating the old jail that we own… and they’ll say something to the effect of “but what are you doing artistically?”… and I’ll say “I’m renovating the old jail that we own” because that is what I’m doing artistically!!!
A lot of people know me as a potter and that’s great. I love pottery and I’ll always make pottery.
But I knew a long time along that pottery alone was not going to satiate my creative needs.
And I also knew that creative thinking is a great asset… more so than most people give it credit for… and that art is really about problem solving and that type of thinking can get directed towards anything I want it to.
I use the same skill set when I’m working on the jail that I use in my pottery studio. It’s the same to me.
Everything is the Art.
The jail is most definitely the Art.
I’ve been working on figuring out how to make Art about and with this place since the day we bought it.
I had a big breakthrough today.
I’ve been messing around with this idea for a bit and today it just clicked.
We are taking everything in the jail back to its original surface. That means removing a LOT of paint.
I’m always thinking about how materials behave, how to preserve the character of this place while also changing it into not a jail, and how to combine all of that thinking into something interesting and creative.
Basically, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do with all this paint!
I figured out how to “harvest” big areas of it from the metal.
The surfaces are incredible and it records the years of graffiti in really interesting abstract ways.
It’s kinda like a “readymade” painting.
Anyway, it felt like it was cool so I figured I’d share it with the internet.
#oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #apotterslife #creativethinking

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I de-installed my work from the recent Material Sound exhibition at the @bmcmuseum today.
The pieces I made were raw clay and designed to be temporal. Only existing for the duration of the exhibition.
The raw clay will be slaked down and returned to its plastic state to become some other shape that will be fired.
I brought one of my big tubs into town to put all the work into.
I figured we should have done fun with it, so we made this video. A passerby on the street named Jadeveon (I think) interested in what we were doing and was game to play along.
It’s a fun moment in time in an increasingly intense and seemingly insane world.
Working with raw clay without attachment to a finished outcome is a good reminder to keep it all in perspective and not take everything so seriously.
It’s fun and liberating to take your own art and chuck it into a big tub over the head of a random dude on the sidewalk in downtown Asheville.
I feel like we hit the winning shot on this one y’all!!!
Thanks for playing along Black Mountain College Museum.
I hope all y’all in Oz appreciate this little ditty @caleb_k
And @jenn8grossman up in NYC!
#performanceart #materialsound #apotterslife #blackmountaincollege

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Saturday in Madison County.
Sometime around the middle of July we got somewhere close to 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours in the Brush Creek/Walnut area and down to Barnard and Anderson Branch.
It was so localized we barely got 2 inches in Marshall just 7 miles away.
I was teaching out of town at the time but my wife went to work at the farm the next day unaware that anything was wrong.
It was the worse flooding I’ve seen in my 12 years here.
Tons of driveways destroyed. Culverts overwhelmed.
We are still digging out.
We repaired my neighbors culvert today. He says that was the worse storm since he moved here in 1972.
The thing is it’s only getting worse.
People who still deny climate change are the worse.
You can take all the other issues in the world that people argue about and put them all into a category that is less important than this issue in my opinion.
It’s effecting is all and effects every other issue.
And if you think it doesn’t matter or what make an impact on your life, please reconsider.
We built this new culvert to withstand a 100 year flood.
I hope it lasts more than 10 at this rate.
#apotterslife #madisoncountync

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I got to be the pinch hit teacher for the day at Penland yesterday while my dear friends Takuro and Hitomi became citizens of the United States.
It was awesome all around.
I’m so happy for @takuroshibataceramics and @studiotouya
This county is better with y’all as a part of it.
And of course it always fun to be back at @penlandschool and great to hang the students and have @hamish.jackson.pottery make me a cuppa!!
#craftschool #penland #penlandschoolofcrafts #apotterslife

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In case some folks didn’t know, probably the biggest thing I’m doing right now is renovating the @oldmarshalljail with my 3 business partners.
It’s definitely the craziest thing I’ve done in a life full of doing fairly crazy things. Anyone who has been inside will attest to that.
The truth is I love it. Even though it’s exhausting and hard and everything is messed up and all that.
I love this building and I love the town that it is in and I know that we will look back on this with pride for the amazing thing we accomplished.
I know that to be true.
This whole project has been a testament to faith.
Today a really big thing happened.
We got our loan approved!!!!
Up to this point we have been financing the whole project internally. It’s been great because it allows us to move more deliberately and spend the time to really think through things and prepare for the time when things move faster.
Well, it seems that time is about to be upon us.
As they says, “shit is about to get real”
It’s about time to start the clock!!!
#oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #apotterslife #creativeentrepeneur #artist #artistdevelopment #historicrestoration

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