I’m teaching at Penland (@penlandschool) this coming summer with my dear Tasmanian friend Ben Richardson of @ridgelinepottery.
It’s been a life long dream of mine to teach there after having so many amazing experiences there as a student and studio assistant.
It’s gonna be a ripper of a class for sure. We’ve been working hard developing an exciting program and planning this class for over a year now. We will be teaching along side and collaborating with our good friends Kevin Lips (@kevin_lips) Herve Rousseau, who are instructing the other clay class 2nd session.
There will be woodfirings, wild clay digs, plenty of field trips, and lots of good times.
We also have an amazing lineup of studio assistant who will be actively involved in bringing their own unique skills and talents to the instruction of the classes. Check them out. @alixb.alixb @hollomoncookceramics @zachsierkepottery @micahmakespots @mitchiburgceramics @really_rosa they are all awesome.
We would love for good people to sign up and join us. I honestly feel like it will be a legendary time.
#penlandschool #penlandsummer2017 #apotterslide #ceramics #clay #clayclasses #adreamcometrue

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Thanks for representing our project @potsinaction ・・・ “Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory” The “Baltimore Mobile Community Brick Factory” is currently happening in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a collaborative project between Josh Copus (@joshcopuspottery), Marian April Glebes (@thingsonshelves), and the people of Baltimore that seeks to create positive relationships and connections amongst people through clay and bricks. Participants and visitors are helping to produce hand-made bricks from local Maryland clay with historic water-struck methods and then personalizing and stamping their stories into the handmade bricks. The bricks will become a series of temporary public art installations around the city as the artists work to create a permanent home for the “monument”. Josh and Marian also made and fired 1300 “COMMUNITY” bricks at the Taylor Clay brick factory in North Carolina prior to opening their factory in Baltimore. All of the “COMMUNITY” bricks are being given away to the participants of the project as a reminder of the experience and to create more dialog and thought about what community means to us. The factory moves around the city to engage as diverse a group of people as possible and record their feelings and the happenings of this city in clay. It’s about making a monument in real time. A time capsule about these times and the voices of the people who live in them. #PIAguesthostSociallyEngagedCraftCollective @sociallyengagedcraftcollective via Forrest Gard and Jeni Hansen Gard of @gard_clay_studios #baltimoremcbf #buildingcommunitybaltimore #communitybrickproject #communitybrick #buildingcommunityproject #freddiegray #sociallyengagedcraft #sociallyengaged #sociallyengagedcraftcollective #SECC #ceramics #craft #clay #keramik #céramique #poterie #cerámica #keramikk #krukmakeri #potsinaction #handmade #contemporarycraft #contemporaryceramics #セラミックス #陶器 #céramique #poterie

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Major screening day of all the new clays yesterday. The main process that I use when I want to get all the rocks out of the clays is a wet screening method. The clay is put in buckets and filled with water to start slaking down a couple of days before screening day. That material is added to the blunger with more water and turned into a slurry. The clay is then pumped out of the blunger, through the screen, and into the trough. If I’m blending clays, or adding dry materials like feldspar, that all happens in the trough. The final slurry mix is the transferred to the drying racks. It’s all a lot of work and at times I feel like a peasant toiling around in the mud like a scene from Monty Pythons Holy Grail, but it’s a good way to handle wild clays on a large scale. We screened 2500lbs of clay yesterday. #screeningday #wildclay #ceramics #localclay #localmaterials #clay

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Introducing Gabs Wallington, an amazing young Australian maker, my new studio assistant, and the newest bartender at the Wedge Brewing Company. I met Gabs at the On the Edge of the Shelf International Wood this past spring and she was keen to come spend a year working and learning ceramics in the states. It’s my first time taking on a full time assistant, so it’s a big step for me and responsibility of taking a young maker on is something I take very seriously. I could not have asked for a better person than Gabs. We have hit the ground running in the studio since she arrived. I fully expected her to need a couple of days the rest and get acclimated after her journey, but she would not have it. In her own words after I suggested she might take the first couple days off from the studio “Josh, I came here to work, not to put socks on caterpillars” which I guess is an Australian phrase for not messing about. Gabs certainly not here to mess around. #ceramics #australianstudioassistant #pottery #clay #woodfire #ontheedgeoftheshelf

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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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