As we near the grand opening for Flowers + Clay on July 20-21, I’ve been looking back to the beginnings of the land project to remind myself of how far we have come.
At 27 I graduated from university and bought the house you see in the background, which I proceeded to intentionally set on fire, which is the quickest and cheapest way to get rid of a house.
That was the beginning of it all.
I partially renovated an airstream and moved it out to the land. I built an outhouse and started building the big kiln in the summer of 2017.
I had really had no idea what I was getting myself into but looking back on it I think I had the right balance of perseverance and naïveté to be able to pull this crazy thing off.
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this and helped me out through the years.
It’s truly been a team effort.
#flowersandclay #landproject #apotterslife

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The addition to the clay barn is complete. It’s a good feeling to get this crossed off the list.
It’s become one of my favorite barns on the land. It’s a really interested space that is terraced into the hillside. It especially feels good when it’s empty.
Figured I’d share an image before I fill it up with stuff.
The whole land project is an exercise in order of operations.
I’m actually trying to build a gallery right now but in order to do that I need to dry in the assistant studio so I can bring power to that building, but in order to dry in the studio I need to finish the clay barn addition so I could move all the materials out of the studio building.
I swear it makes sense.
It’s exhausting but ultimately it’s going to work out and it’s gonna look great for Flowers + Clay in July!!!!
#flowersandclay #apotterslife #landproject

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I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with all the things on the list of things to do, and often pretty disillusioned with the internet, but I’m feeling it tonight.
And it’s high time that I give a huge social media shout out to my dad, Joe Klein for everything he brings to the table and most recently for coming in for a weekend of barn Rasta construction projects.
We are working hard to get the new gallery ready for the grand opening of Flowers + Clay this summer, and making a new studio for a second assistant, and expanding the wild clay processing facility, and a million other projects.
It’s enough to make any persons head spin, but Joe is the cool head that prevails… always has been.
I count myself as a very fortunate person and having Joe in my life is amongst the most fortunate events to transpire.
I’ve been estranged from my biological father for essentially my entire adult life, but Joe has always been there for me. From the time I was 8 to the current date. Unconditionally.
It’s dark right now as I finish up another 12 hour work day at the land and I can’t help but think about all that has transpired here and how much of it Joe has had a hand in. He’s certainly taught me a lot about carpentry but most importantly he’s taught me to be the best person I can be.
I don’t think Joe really set out to be my Dad. He was always just my Joe. That’s why he was so good, and what I needed. You can’t show up and proclaim to be someone’s Dad, but you certainly can earn that title over the course of 30 years of consistently putting in the time.
So, here it is, all of my appreciation for this man and all he brings to the table.
Hats off to you Joe!
#landproject #apotterslife #flowersandclay

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The community brick factory will be open today from 1-4 at the Pack Library!!!!
There is a whole family art party sponsored by the @ashevilleartmuseum
Come check it out if your in Asheville today and make a brick for your mom!!!!
With @t.glosby And @pack.memorial.library
#communitybrick #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #ashevilleartmuseum #appalachianow

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Brick team.
Huge thanks to Taylor Clay, Johnny McNealy, Steve Blankenbeker, and @nicklistoceramics
We produced new Community bricks for the upcoming Appalachia Now exhibition at the @ashevilleartmuseum
#communitybrick #buildingcommunityproject #apotterslife #ashevilleartmuseum #appalachianow

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The brick factory will be making a special appearance at Mayfest, which is the Community Housing Coalition’s (@chcmadco) annual fundraising event and party May 4th.
We will be making bricks from 6-8pm at ReClaim Madison.
For all those folks who missed the opportunity to make a brick for the Old Marshall Jail Monument… this is your chance.
Go to chcmadisoncountync.org to get tickets.
It’s a organization that dies important work in our community and Mayfest is an event worthy of supporting.
For anyone who doesn’t know CHC is reopening the old Coal and Feed hardware store in downtown Marshall as a retail location for hardware and donated building supplies. Big plans are in the works for the future.
If your interested in learning more, just go down there and check it out in person!!! (Or you can google ReClaim Madison and read about it on the internet.
#communitybrick #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #buildingcommunityproject #chcmadco #reclaimmadison

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