It’s been such a huge day and I don’t even know what to say about it all yet, except I love when the back of my truck looks like this. It’s been a very successful wild clay hunt and North Carolina brick tour day for Josh Copus. More information to come soon. Stay tuned. #wildclay #wildclaygeekout #bricktour #ncbrick #brickmaking #apotterslife #community #ceramics

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The “burner’ system above the woodfired kiln at Statesville Brick. They burn 100% sawdust to fire the brick. The sawdust is dried first using a heat exchanger system and then augered into the kiln. It’s a pretty amazing system. #statesvillebrick #bricktour #brickmaking #ncbrick #apotterslife #ceramics

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Another image from the Taylor Clay brick company. Extruding dies for different brick shapes sitting in a pile in the mechanical room. It’s very interesting to see what impacts me when I visit these places and how those “sources” find their way into my work. It’s often not in the way I planned or expected. When I first started going down to the brick plants I thought what I was “getting” was the clay… Which does happen, but the things that I didn’t expect to get, and the things might end up mattering most in the long run are theses moments, the memories of dust covered tools unused in who knows how long. This image rocks me to the core… It’s hard to say why, and I don’t really need to know, all that matters is the feeling. #sources #sourceinspiration #taylorclay #bricktour #brickmaking #apotterslife #adventure #community

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It’s been a busy day and I’m only just getting around to posting some more of the images from yesterday’s North Carolina brick tour. This is one of my favorites. A pile of bricks and one red hot brick just pulled from the kiln. At Statesville Brick. #redhotbrick #bricktour #ncbrick #statesvillebrick #apotterslife #community #wildclay

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North Carolina brick tour 2015 in full effect. We had a great visit with Adam Foster, a third generation brick maker, at Statesville Brick talking about wild clay and the intersection of manufacturing and hand making in America. Statesville Brick has been in operation since 1904 and making bricks at the current plant since 1924. They specialize in “tumbled” brick and fire their kilns entirely with sawdust. With @catherine_lemaire_lozier who is a student at @ttucraftcenter working with me this week on a wild clay research project. @merril and Grace of the @centerforcraft. And the fabulous @linaostapovich #bricktour #ncbrick #brickmaking #wildclay #apotterslife #ceramics

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It’s been fun working with and getting to know designer @bpatrickflynn over the past couple of weeks. We’re working on a project that is still a little bit of a secret at this point…but the details will be revealing themselves soon. In the meantime, here is a image I made of Brian when we were having a little fun exploring. #brianflynn #design #designer #ceramicdesign #adventure #apotterslife

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