I’ll be honest… installing a 13 foot tall chimney monument in a Madison County field during the middle of January isn’t exactly what I had planned on doing…. but I’m making the most of it. The best thing is that I don’t get cell reception, so I can ignore the world and just focus on the project.
We got bricks laid just path the fireplace today. I pushed as hard as I could.
Then the cold rolled in hard.
We had to use the weed burner to try and dry out the clay/sand mortar at the end of the day. And then we covered the whole thing in straw bails to try and stop it from freezing so bad. No work tomorrow. The temperature is supposed to be a height of 20 Fahrenheit. Too cold for brick laying that’s for sure.
#communitybrick #communitybrickproject #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #apotterslife #buildingcommunityproject #apotterslife #bighousebrickcompany

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Sometimes it feels hard to explain with words how important this work is too me. Hopefully this video helps.
If I was too say something, it would be that this is the most significant work I’ve made in my career to this point.
I hope people can recognize that.
I hope they know there is a reason why I’ve been waking up before the sun for days now to move everything to this field.
It’s because I care. It’s because this matters, even though it might seem insane, it matters more than they will probably ever know.
If anyone needs me or wants to help. Just come out. We will be laying bricks all day. My phone doesn’t work on site. Which is nice.
#oldmarshalljailbrickproject #buildingcommunityproject #communitybrick #communitybrickproject #apotterslife #bighousebrickcompany

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Sunday morning backgammon by the woodstove with my love.
We’ve been do our best to hibernate some this winter. Recuperating from this past year and recharging for the next.
The woodstove has been helping. Last winter was our first in the new house and we didn’t have time to install a woodstove. It was tough. Paying all that money for propane was brutal but not having a fire in the house really change the enjoyment level associated with winter.
It’s such an important part of the quality of life.
With @carolinaflowers_
#apotterslife #hibernation #woodstove

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Today was the perfect storm. A cooling day after the firing with a snow day on top!!! If that’s not the universe telling you to take the day off, I don’t know what is! Emily and I certainly needed it. So far we’ve watched the first two Harry Potter movies, made chili and have barely left our house. Perfect.
#coolingday #bestdayever #apotterslife

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This year has been a lot… and I’ve been feeling it recently.
The jail. The brick factory. The farm. The land. The house. The pottery. The Clayspace. The woodfire conference. Penland. The new studio. The emails… It has felt like the type of year that we will look back on and say “damn… that year was insane…”
We do love it and I can’t image not doing any of it… but I’m ready for so winter hibernation for real.
@clarkhodgin made this picture of me in the jail earlier this year. I felt tired then too…
Maybe I was better at hiding it.
#imtired #oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #creativelife #apotterslife

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This year has been a lot… and I’ve been feeling it recently.
The jail. The brick factory. The farm. The land. The house. The pottery. The Clayspace. The woodfire conference. The new studio. The emails… It has felt like the type of year that we will look back on and say “damn… that year was insane…”
We do love it and I can’t image not doing any of it… but I’m ready for so winter hibernation for real.
@clarkhodgin made this picture of me in the jail earlier this year.
#imtired #oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #creativelife #apotterslife

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