Day 2. Flying solo. Cone 5 on the face in the first chamber. Bricks are nice and dried out in the back two chambers. Things are moving along nicely.
Thanks to @micahmakespots @kristeneasters @mattwegleitner @anagamax @gillandotypottery and most of all @carolinaflowers_ for all the help with the firing. Ya’ll are the jam.
#kiln #woodkiln #woodfire #woodfirenc #pottery #woodfiredpottery #woodfiredceramics #communitybrick #communitybrickproject #buildingcommunityproject

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All the doors are up and we will light the kilns tonight at 9pm.
It’s been a big push to get to this point. I’m eternally grateful for everyone who helped make this happen.
Especially our invited artists @tomalward @davidpetersceramics @alixb.alixb @jkhappenings @dennygerwin @ridgelinepottery @slockwood737 @kevin_lips
And my assistants @hollomoncookceramics @micahmakespots @willdickertceramics @mattwegleitner
AND MOST OF ALL MY AMAZING PARTNER @carolinaflowers_ WITHOUT WHOM NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE.
#mountainpreheat #woodfirenc #apotterslife #woodfire #woodkiln #kiln

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Now is the time to sign up for the Mountain PreHEAT and fire the Temple kiln with us. The Temple is a 3 chamber climbing kiln, and one of the 3 kilns that we will be firing at my compound during the pre-conference. We will also be firing 6 other kilns and you can put work in all of them. As of Friday there were only 17 spots left. So if you’ve been thinking about joining us, now is the time to make the move!
Check out WoodfireNC.com for more details and to register.
#woodfirenc #mountainpreheat #wncpreheat #ceramics #kiln #woodkiln #woodfire #apotterslife #joshcopus #woodfiredpottery #woodfiredceramics

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Kiln shed floor.
When I first built the Temple climbing kiln on the summer of 2007 it was a kiln surrounded by dirt that would periodically turn to mud. Our early firings felt like a scene for Monty Pythons Holy Grail… a bunch of filthy peasants toiling in the muck.
Over the past ten years I’ve been transforming the space with bricks and stones. Hardscaping the area around the kiln. Eliminating the dirt.
This weekend I eliminated the last bastion of dirt around the kiln shed. The ramp area on the loading side of the upper chambers was the last holdout and now it’s done.
Thanks to @micahmakespots for lending a hand.
We continue to cross things off the list out here in preparation for @woodfirenc this June.
#landproject #atonework #stonework #chopwoodcarrywater #kiln #apotterslife

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The new electric kiln “room” at the land project is finally rounding into form. Hopefully we will be running wires by next week… it’s not like deadlines are looming in the future or anything.
Now to put the siding on.
#noresttilljune #nosleeptillbrooklyn #woodfiredceramics #ceramics #kiln #kilns #landproject

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Excited to get my new Logbook in the mail today. It’s an exciting issued devoted entirely to North Carolina potters in advance of the upcoming @woodfirenc conference this summer. Check out WoodfireNC.org for all the details.
#woodfirenc #woodfiredpottery #pottery #kilns #kiln #ceramics #woodfiredceramics #logbookwoodfire

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Registration is open for WoodfireNC and the regional pre-conferences at WoodfireNC.com

We’ve been working hard to put together the best conference possible. Check it out and see what you think. We would love for you to come.
We are having a really exciting pre-conference up here in the mountains as well, June 1st-7th. We are firing 9 different kilns at 7 sites. Plus lots of exhibitions, demonstrations, studio tours, and parties.
This whole thing has been a ton of work and the best reward I could ask for is to share in a joyous celebration with all my friends… so ya’ll come on and get signed up!!! With @woodfirenc @williambakerpottery @bandanapottery @hollomoncookceramics @micahmakespots @alixb.alixb @joeymakespots @mattwegleitner @akirasatake @joytannerpottery @shanemickeypottery @stephensonwoodfiredpottery @willdickertceramics @ericknochestudio @perryhaasceramics @davidpetersceramics @ridgelinepottery @jkhappenings @kevin_lips @tomalward @courtneymartinpotter @sedberrypottery @dian.magie @spistudios
#woodfirenc #woodfiredceramics #apotterslife #woodkiln #woodfire #ceramics #pottery #woodfiredpottery #kiln #kilns

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All clean and quiet out here on the kiln front. I really cherish the first overnight and subsequent morning shift of the burn. My firings are so full of energy and people, which I love… But the beginning of the firing is my time. Time to collect my thoughts, clean and organize all the things and spend some quality one on one with my kiln. Years ago my friend Tom Rohr taught me about the clean ship strategy and ice been putting his principles into practice ever since. In order to have a good burn you have to start in a good place. I wouldn’t have it any other way…because it only gets crazy again from here. #cleanship #templekiln #woodfire #woodkiln #joshcopuspottery #ceramics #kiln

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