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.
#oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljail #palimpsest #abandonedplaces #historicrenovation

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We will be dedicating the Monument today at Woodson Branch Nature School from 2-8. Come on out. The brick factory will be in full effect for anyone who wants to make some bricks.
#communitybrick #communitybrickproject #buildingcommunityproject #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #oldmarshalljailproject #bighousebrickcompany #joshcopus

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ATTENTION
Hey everyone!! If you don’t already know, there is a dedication for the monument at Woodson Branch Nature School this Saturday, the 7th, from 2-8pm.
Y’all should come. It’s going to be fun. The brick factory will be there and open for buisness!
#bighousebrickcompany #oldmarshalljailproject #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #buildingcommunityproject #communitybrick #communitybrickproject #josh

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Here is the time lapse from Friday.
We finished the brick work right as the sun went down. Now for a day of clean up and the monument is complete. Thanks to Tom Ashcraft, Heather Mae Erickson and all the WCU catamounts who came out to help.
@workingmancollective @hmaemaeceramics
#monumenttoplace #folkmonument #oldmarshalljailproject #communitybrickproject #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #communitybrick #buildingcommunityproject

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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 has been a huge success with over 2000 bricks produced so far… but all things must come to an end.
The factory will be open Friday and Saturday from 11-5 for the next 3 weeks. Then production at the Old Marshall Jail site will cease.
We still have our programs with local schools and a couple of special events planned, but the main public face of the project will end November 18th.
That still leaves you 6 days to come out and add your voice to the amazing tapestry of voices that have participated in the project so far.
Check out communitybrick.org for more info.
#bighousebrickcompany #oldmarshalljailbrickproject #oldmarshalljailproject #communitybrick #communitybrickproject #communitybrickfactory #buildingcommunitybrickproject #buildingcommunityproject #buildingcommunity

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