This is Stancills inc. Originally founded as a sand mine, Stancills now deals in a whole variety of aggregates and custom soil blending services. Generally when you are mining sand, clay is usually in the mix somewhere in the strata and they have a couple really nice stockpiles put aside of good quality wild clay. I’ve know about this place since they held a ceramics exhibition in the mine and it was written about in the @thestudiopotter journal in 2006. A number of my friends were involved in that show and Terry Stancill and his daughter Emlyn have been a great asset to the ceramics community for many years. I also wrote an article in that same Studio Potter edition in 2006 and Stancills has been on my list of places to visit ever since. @thingsonshelves and I had a great visit and tour with Terry today and are excited that we will be using their clay in our collaboration here in Baltimore. Thank you very much Stancills family for all the generosity and kindness you showed us today. Building Community Baltimore is off to a great start. #stancills #stancillsclay #wildclay #localclay #communitybrickproject #buildingcommunity #buildingcommunitybaltimore #buildingcommunityproject #communitybrick #apotterslife

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I’m doing a lot of things in Baltimore… One of them is being a visiting artist at @baltimoreclayworks. Today I got to cross myself off @sarahbmccannbmore list. The last few days have been insane… But I have finally arrived. #crossitoffthelist # #buildingcommunityproject #buildingcommunitybaltimore #communitybrickproject #buildingcommunity

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This is Johnny McNelly. Raised in nearby China Grove as one of 19 children, Johnny has been working at the brick plant for 25 years. This week he helped us make the Community bricks for the upcoming mobile community brick factory project in Baltimore. We spent two full days working alongside Johnny, making bricks, learning about his interests and listening to his stories. Creating opportunities to meet people like Johnny is one of the best things that the Building Community Project does. All to often Art is not accessible to these kinda folks. Johnny is a pretty simple man. He doesn’t own a cell phone. He works at the plant and likes to go fishing. When I asked him what he knew about Art he said “well, I don’t know much about that” but he understood these brick. He knows what the word Community means and he gets what they symbolize. He doesn’t need someone to explain it. It makes sense to him. People like Johnny are often not that accessible to me either. We are from very different worlds and there are really and perceived barriers between our worlds. But when your are brought together by an experience or an event like this it’s always a good opportunity for both parties to expand their understanding. I like making work that people can get. Concept is extremely important but things that exist some deeply in that realm are often impossible for regular folks to get. It feels like I real problem. Often reinforcing the idea that art is for the educated or something that is for the elite. That’s not who I am. And that’s not what I wanna make. I’m a regular folk, just like Johnny, and I wanna make work that we can both appreciate. #buildingcommunityproject #buildingcommunity #buildingcommunitybaltimore #baltimoremcbf #apotterslife #community

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The crew. Myself, Marian Glebes, Johnny McNelly, and Steve Blankenbeker. We wrapped up an incredibly awesome brick making session for the Building Community Project and the Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory. Over 2,000 bricks got stamped thanks to the generosity of Steve and Mr. Taylor. #baltimoremcbf #buildingcommunitybaltimore #buildingcommunityproject #buildingcommunity #communitybrickproject #communitybrick #community #apotterslife #ceramics

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