NC Mountains Pre-Conference Artist and Organizer, Conference Organizer and Panelist
Josh Copus received an associate degree from Haywood Community College in 2002 and graduated with a BFA in ceramics from University of North Carolina Asheville in 2006. He was awarded a Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in 2006. He has been an invited presenter at numerous international woodfire conferences around the world and his work is in the permanent collections of the Kennedy Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, and many private collections. He currently works at the Clayspace Co-op, a cooperative ceramics studio and gallery he founded in Asheville and at the woodfired pottery compound he established in Marshall, North Carolina.
Copus specializes in woodfired ceramics with an emphasis on using local and non-industrially processed wild clays and glaze materials. Working in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, Josh has developed a personally significant approach to making that exhibits a strong sense of place through his use of the materials, patterns, and textures of his environment.
When he is not building and making things, Josh spends most of his time on his land stacking rocks, swimming in rivers, hanging out in the old jail he bought, and working on organizing this conference.