The anagrams is loaded and lit here at the Archie Bray. The first of 4 kilns to be fired during the Cultural Confluence Symposium. Thanks to our kiln leaders @cobbartandecology and @artistpotter for making it happen and @shikamaru.t for making the image.
With @archie_bray and @culturalconfluencewoodfire
#culturalconfluence2018 #culturalconfluencewoodfire #apotterslife #woodfire #woodkiln #wildclay #woodfiredceramics #pottery

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Wild clay!!!!
On our first day we went into the mountains to dig materials. We then “built” some rudimentary “equipment” and systems to crush, screen and blend the clay. In 2 days we had it ready to work with. We made a body using half wild clay and half commercial materials. Everyone is really excited to give it a try. @archie_bray @culturalconfluencewoodfire
#culturalconfluence2018 #culturalconfluencewoodfire #localmaterials #wildclay

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Great first day of the Cultural Confluences Symposium collecting wild materials with @woodfirelust
It was wonderful to get out a see some of Montana and feel this place and what it can inspire.
One of the things I’ve always appreciated about wild clay prospecting is how much enthusiasm it can inspire in people. I think the looks on people’s faces in these images really tell the story.
@culturalconfluencewoodfire @archie_bray
#culturalconfluence #culturalconfluence2018 #culturalconfluencesymposium #archiebray #wildclay #localmaterials #localclay

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I had a great experience working for @starworksceramics at NCECA this year, along with all these talented and amazing people.
It easy to “sell” something that you love and believe in.
The clays from North Carolina are something special and I’m proud to be a part of this team that is bringing the clays I love to the greater ceramics community.
I fell in love with digging and processing my own clay almost 15 years ago. It’s a laborious process and something that probably isn’t for everyone. That’s what makes Starworks so special. They are making those clays available to the public with the same level of care and consideration that I bring to my own practice.
It’s icing on the cake that my friends Takuro and Hitomi are two of the nicest people I’ve met in this world and worthy of supporting.
If y’all didn’t get a chance to check us out at NCECA, look us up online or better yet just come down to Carolina and pay a visit.
Special things are happening here!
#starworksceramics #wildclay #localclay #tastetheclay

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We’ve been doing some major infrastructure projects on the various properties this week. Yesterday I was installing new culverts at the farm and found a bunch of really exciting new clay!!!
I’m excited to start using clay from the farmland where @carolinaflowers_ grows all the flowers.
#wildclay #farmlife #apotterslife #localclay #pottery

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Firing number 41 is cruising along.
We will be bring all the work from this firing to the upcoming @pottersmarketinvitational show at the @themintmuseum.
Come check us out there if your in the area September 9th.
#pottersmarketinvitational #pottery #wildclay #woodkiln #woodfire #woodfiredpottery #apotterslife

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Dirt Baggers bringing it in.
I’ve always loved team sports.
Working as a group to accomplish a common goal. The comradery. The feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself.
It’s one of the things that drew me to ceramics and specifically to woodfiring. It’s one of the most team oriented craft mediums. Dating back to the pottery village model and continuing into the contemporary studio movement.
One that note… here’s a great team photo of our Penland Clay Class bringing it in as a group.
#outofplaceworkshop #dirtbaggers #wildclay #apotterslife #penlandschoolofcrafts #penlandschool

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