A staircase full of potters from last nights preview party.
Having our pottery family all together in one place can s always one of my favorite things about the @pottersmarketinvitational
With @ridgelinepottery @bandanapottery @spistudios @sedberrypottery @galensedberry @johnstongentithesstudios @akirasatake @carolinaflowers_
#potterystaircase #apotterslife #pottersmarketinvitational #pottersmarket2018

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All set up and ready for the @pottersmarketinvitational tomorrow. General admission at 10am. If your in the Charlotte area, we hope to see you there.
It’s been a huge honor to have an image of my work as the face of the show’s promotional material. It’s very humbling to see it everywhere, especially on these 7ft tall banners!
Thanks to everyone who works so hard to make this show happen and to all the artists and all the collectors who come out and appreciate what we do.
I love you all.
#pottersmarketinvitational #apotterslife

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Firing.
I love loading but it’s by far the most stressful part of the woodfiring process for me. It’s a big kiln and we load all 3 chambers at the same time in 2 days. It’s a bit hectic. Lots of problem solving and planning goes into the load and because the loading is so essential to creating the surfaces on the finished work it’s really important that we do it right. You want to take your time But there is always some kind of deadline looming in the distance and we have to start on time or the whole schedule gets thrown off.
It’s all a bit stressful for me.
But once the fire is lit it’s a huge relief. Then it’s just the firing. It has its own schedule. It doesn’t need to go fast. The beginning candle is actually quite relaxing.
This is my view from the captains chair on the first morning. It doesn’t get old.
As we near 50 firings on this kiln it’s still exciting. So much potential.
#firing #woodfiring #pottersmarket2018 #pottersmarketinvitational #woodkiln #woodfiredceramics #woodfiredpottery

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Big pot. Big Kiln. Big time busy getting everything made for the upcoming @pottersmarketinvitational
Every year I bring my very best work to this show, and I always try to make a couple pieces that really push the limits of what I feel capable of.
Of course, for anyone who knows ceramics, now is not the time to count chickens. Making and decorating is sorta the easy part of big work. Fingers crossed for the firing!!!
With @delhomserviceleague and @themintmuseum
#pottersmarketinvitational #pottersmarket2018 #mintshow #ceramics #apotterslife #joshcopus

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Shapes and lines in the evening sunlight.
Lots of work in various stages here in the studio right now. All in preparation for the upcoming Potter’s Market Invitational with the @delhomserviceleague and the @themintmuseum
#shapes #lines #ceramics #pottery #woodfiredpottery #mintmuseum #pottersmarketinvitational

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The lineup.
All the big pieces for the @pottersmarketinvitational have been cold worked and are ready for the trip to the @themintmuseum in Charlotte for this Saturday’s show.
Come see the newest work. And don’t forget to get there early for first pick.
#pottery #pottersmarketinvitational #pottersmarket2017 #woodfire #woodfirenc #woodfiredpottery

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