A little break from sanding and grinding to think about these awesome people. I leave for 16 Hands tour on Thursday in Floyd, which is my hometown. I show at my mums (nana) house. It’s a great show for me and a huge honor to be a part of such an amazing group of artist who have all been mentors to me in my career, but… The biggest reason I do it is for these people. It’s a great opportunity for me to steal some time from my busy life and be uncle Josh to my nephews. Looking forward to some quality play with my boys this weekend. #unclejosh #family #apotterslife #adventure

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Unloading is always hard for me, no matter how good the work is. It’s always overwhelming, seeing two months of work all at once for the first time. Navigating expectations and trying to see things for what they are and not just what I thought they would be. I never take many pictures on the first day, but @linaostapovich did. Here is one. #unloadingday #woodfire #woodkiln #ceramics #joshcopus #apotterslife

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The North Carolina kiln tour continues…even on my “dayoff” I couldn’t resist visiting my friends and neighbors @eastforkpottery . This is an image of @alexmatisse and apprentice @hollomoncook blowing salt into the woodkiln at the end of the 4 day firing with a modified leaf blower. #eastforkpottery #saltfire #saltglaze #woodkiln #kilntour #woodfire #woodkiln #apotterslife #community

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Sketches of Asian pots from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by Ben Owen Sr. during the 1920’s when he was working with the Busbees to redesign the type of ware that Jugtown was making to appeal to a new market of buyers. This is a really great example of how some of the old pottery making families shifted and evolved what they were making from larger and more agrarian based forms to new shapes and surfaces that allowed them to continue being successful in a changing world. This sketch hangs in the studio of @benowenpottery. I like to see it as a reminder that we must always be doing this. Changing and evolving as makers to meet a ever changing world. Traditions must be living to continue being relevant. #livingtradition #ncpottery #ncfolk #benowen #seagrove #ceramics #community #apotterslife #amakersstory

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I had a great visit with Ben Owen yesterday talking wild clays, kilns, and marketing. Heres Ben in front of his chamber climbing kiln at his pottery in Seagrove, which is on the same site that his grandad established after he left Jugtown. #benowen #ncpottery #kilntour #seagrove #adventure #apotterslife

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