NC Mountains Pre-Conference Artist and Organizer, Conference Organizer and Panelist
National and International invited guests to Copus' PreHEAT firing include:
Ben Richardson, Alix Brodeur, Perry Haas, Kevin Lips, Tom Alward, Simon Levin, Joshua Kuensting, Sandy Lockwood, Amanda Holloman-Cook, Micah Thanhauser, Matt Wegleitner, Will Dickert, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish
In 2007 Josh Copus graduated from university and bought a house on two acres of land outside of Marshall, NC. He intentionally burned down that house, built an outhouse, a kiln shed, and began construction on a three chambered climbing kiln that would become know as the “Temple”. Since then the Temple has been fired 37 times and the land has been transformed from a swamp into a center for woodfired ceramics. Two more kilns were built in 2010 and recent years have seen the addition of various infrastructure improvements, including a studio, a barn, wild clay processing facility, contemplative labyrinth garden, and the party plaza.
For Josh the land project is an extension of his creative process and equally import as his work in the studio. The land is an ongoing sculpture and a conduit for his interests is community interaction and social practice work. The WNC Pre-Heat will be the largest event held on the land to date and an exciting opportunity to share it with all of you.