Introducing Gabs Wallington, an amazing young Australian maker, my new studio assistant, and the newest bartender at the Wedge Brewing Company. I met Gabs at the On the Edge of the Shelf International Wood this past spring and she was keen to come spend a year working and learning ceramics in the states. It’s my first time taking on a full time assistant, so it’s a big step for me and responsibility of taking a young maker on is something I take very seriously. I could not have asked for a better person than Gabs. We have hit the ground running in the studio since she arrived. I fully expected her to need a couple of days the rest and get acclimated after her journey, but she would not have it. In her own words after I suggested she might take the first couple days off from the studio “Josh, I came here to work, not to put socks on caterpillars” which I guess is an Australian phrase for not messing about. Gabs certainly not here to mess around. #ceramics #australianstudioassistant #pottery #clay #woodfire #ontheedgeoftheshelf

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My show Response to Place opens at the Crimson Laurel Gallery tonight at 6pm featuring the work I made during my recent trip to Australia. I managed to haul about 250 pounds of work back to the states and everything except the few keepers is in the show. It would be great to see everyone at the opening but if you can’t make it check the show out online at crimsonlaurelgallery.com #workfromaustralia #ceramics #woodfire #placemaking #joshcopus #crimsonlaurelgallery

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Had a short but fun lunch with @bandanapottery yesterday on my way to deliver my Australian work to @crimsonlaurelgallery and visit @penlandschool . They were busy sanding and organizing a kiln load of great new pots for their homesale with guest Shawn Ireland tomorrow. Anyone in the area should check it out or check out the online sale July 25th-August 1st on their website bandanapottery.com

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The Nixi Tibetan potters who are traveling the country on a pottery tour and cultural exchange stopped by the Clayspace for a visit today. They are giving a lecture and demonstration at the Odyssey Clayworks from 3-5 today if anyone in the Asheville area is interested. #ceramics #tibetanpotters #potterytour #community #clayspace

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Doing inventory and titles for all my Australian work for my August show @crimsonlaurelgallery today and remembering the crazy firing we had at the On the Edge of the Shelf Conference. After two months I’m realizing that the work that came out of that kiln is by far the wildest and most exciting work I made in Australia. Woodfiring often defies logic and the best gems can come out of the darkest places sometimes. #ceramics #woodfire #woodkiln #pottery #kiln

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month since I’ve been home from Australia (seriously, where has the time gone?). I’m preparing for showing my Australian work at Crimson Laurel Gallery in August and have been revisiting my photographs and attempting to digest my experiences from the trip. Missing these two amazing people a lot this morning. @ridgelinepottery my friends, fellow makers, and Australian mum and dad. #community #australianparents

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Pretty much the best thing about my life is the awesome and creative people that I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with. You would be hard pressed to find two better people than @captainjoeyfun and @mandyonthefarm, who committed to spending their lives together yesterday at one of the most legendary weddings of my lifetime. I could not be happier for them and more excited to continue to be a part of their lives for many years to come. #community #family #wedding

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7 years ago I bought a house in Madison county and proceeded to tear it down, salvage what was worth a damn, and set the rest on fire. I pulled some nice oak boards off the old porch, de-nailed them and put them in a pile with the plan of building something new with those boards someday. That day finally came when I used those boards to side the new barn that I’ve been building on my land. It was very satisfying to see them put to a good use in a new life. Most of my projects out on my land involve recycled, repurposed, salvaged, and scavenged materials, partly because that’s what I believe. And it’s how I want things to feel, but mostly it’s because that’s what I can afford. When me and @gabeaucott finished this wall today and stepped back to admire our handiwork, it dawned on us that this is the look and feel that’s really in right now, something that people pay a lot of money to have done and we do it because we don’t have a lot of money. Not that one is better than the other, there just different, and that’s interesting to me. #landproject #barnraising #salvage #oldwood

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