Josh Copus
Asheville, North Carolina

Josh Copus attended Warren Wilson College and Haywood Community College, both in North Carolina, before receiving a BFA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He notes, “By using local materials dug from the river bottoms and mountainsides of western North Carolina, my work gains a connection to place and establishes the materials as a valuable source of influence.  I dig my own clay from a tobacco field alongside Turkey Creek and everything I make contains an element of my response to that experience. Each pot is infused with the qualities and character of my clay; whether it is the subtlety of its dark iron body breaking through a white slip or the drama of its diverse particle size exposed through a facet, the qualities of my clay effect what I make and my intention is bring out the inherit beauty of the materials in every pot. “