Here is my new favorite image from @oldmarshalljail
Palimpsest.
I’ve loved this word since I first discovered it in art school.
It’s most commonly used to describe a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
But it also can describe a phenomenon in architecture or archaeology where
something is reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
A lot of times it is a shadow of a staircase that isn’t there anymore or the traces of an opening that has been closed in.
I just love the feeling of the visceral history of a place. To be able to read the walls of a building like a book.
The beds in the jail are bolted into the walls. It takes about an hour of cutting for me to deinstall one.
This is what remains. A shadow of the bed. A ghost of what was once there.
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Bricks.
We’ve made somewhere close to 3000 so far. We start firing them next week. The great schlep is about to begin…
#bighousebrickcompany #bighousebricks #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #communitybrick #communitybrickproject #communitybrickfactory #buildingcommunityproject #buildingcommunitybrickproject #oldmarshalljail

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The brick factory loves the kids. They are not afraid to get their hands dirty (most of them). They routinely make the most interesting bricks. They rarely feel the pressure to say something profound with the bricks, like a lot of adults do, and because of that they make the most profound bricks.
Most importantly they are the future. It brings me great joy to offer a positive creative experience to children. I remember things like this making a huge impact on me when I was young. I believe you can make a difference in the world this way.
And my most favorite thing is the idea that these children will grow up and always have a brick that they made here in Marshall. They will always have a connection to this place. They can come back and find their bricks and say things like “that’s my brick I made when I was a kid!!”
That makes me happen to think about and makes this whole crazy project worthwhile. 📸 by @simplylivingmore by @carlyalbee
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Last two public days of the Brick Factory are today (Friday) and Saturday. We’ve made over 2,000 bricks so far and it’s still not to late for you to be included.
If you’ve been meaning to make it out and haven’t yet… now is the time for action. I don’t want you to feel disappointed when the monument is installed at the jail and you don’t have a brick in it.
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This year has been a lot… and I’ve been feeling it recently.
The jail. The brick factory. The farm. The land. The house. The pottery. The Clayspace. The woodfire conference. Penland. The new studio. The emails… It has felt like the type of year that we will look back on and say “damn… that year was insane…”
We do love it and I can’t image not doing any of it… but I’m ready for so winter hibernation for real.
@clarkhodgin made this picture of me in the jail earlier this year. I felt tired then too…
Maybe I was better at hiding it.
#imtired #oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #creativelife #apotterslife

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This year has been a lot… and I’ve been feeling it recently.
The jail. The brick factory. The farm. The land. The house. The pottery. The Clayspace. The woodfire conference. The new studio. The emails… It has felt like the type of year that we will look back on and say “damn… that year was insane…”
We do love it and I can’t image not doing any of it… but I’m ready for so winter hibernation for real.
@clarkhodgin made this picture of me in the jail earlier this year.
#imtired #oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #creativelife #apotterslife

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The brick factory is open today and tomorrow from 11-5.
Andrea and Dave think it’s cool…and they’re in a band!
Come check us out.
And check it cicadarhythm.org to hear Dave and Andrea’s music.
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