Classic shot of Team America and The Decider Rob Barron after our epic finals showdown against team Russia in the tug-a-war competition during the Clay Olympics at On the Edge of the Shelf International Woodfire Conference in Australia. With @teadubpottery @dustinfowlerceramics @zaindalain #adventure #teamamerica #ontheedgeoftheshelf #ceramics #clayolympics #community #joshcopus #clay

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Nice moment with Ben Richardson of @ridgelinepottery around the kiln tonight. The beginning of a firing is always a favorite time of mine. I’m often on a tight schedule to get the kiln loaded, and I love loading but there often can be a pressure to get it done for deadlines and such. Once the fire is lit, it often feels like a relief, like I can finally sit down and take a break, because there is really no sense of urgency in the beginning of a burn. There is only the fire and it’s pace. It always feel like a good time to take a moment and remember. #ceramics #momentsofteflection #woodfire #woodkiln #kiln #momentsofcontemplation

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An image of some pots, kilns, and a toy truck from a visit to Valley Plains Pottery to hang with Zak Chalmers and his family last weekend in Gippsland. Zak is among the top new generation of woodfirers in Australia, and someone who I personally feel has put together the whole package: he’s making great work in a sweet set up, selling primarily direct out of his own very well displayed gallery… He built a great house on an awesome block of land and is a raising a family with his wife AND making a living being a potter! We all know how hard it can be out there and Zak is making it happen, which I applaud. Check out @zakchalmers to see more images. #community #potterytour #zakchalmers #adventure #australia

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Revisiting some images from On the Edge of the Shelf. Loving this one of everyone checking out the work from the firing right after the unloading. It’s always the hardest time for me, managing my expectations and trying to see the work for what it is instead of getting caught up in what I thought it should be. It’s certainly a little bit easier in these environments than back home where so much is riding on the results and your in control of more of the variables. All in all, the firing felt like a success, certainly given the inherit difficulties of firing a new kiln for the first time in a different country with unknown materials. And of course it goes down in history for being a legendary good time! #ceramics #ontheedgeoftheshelf #woodfire #woodkiln #community #kiln #adventure #australia #joshcopus

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