Building Community Brick Project


Join Us April 7

Come see the first installation of bricks at Woodson Branch Nature School on US Hwy 25/70 from 2-8 p.m. The factory will be open so we can make more bricks!


Building community through clay

Make a brick at the Old Marshall Jail

Tell your story in clay and become part of a new monument taking shape in downtown Marshall. Artist Josh Copus is launching a brick factory at the Old Marshall Jail, a building in which he is a partner. The community is invited to learn about brickmaking and inscribe their reflections in wet clay. Copus will fire the bricks at his kiln in Walnut and return them to the jail site, where they will become a permanent part of the structure.

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Schedule of Events

When to make a brick

The Marshall community made thousands of bricks at the Old Marshall Jail in Fall 2017. The brick factory is no longer holding regular hours, but it will be open for special events.

Join us Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Woodson Branch Nature School, 14555 US Hwy 25/70, Marshall, NC 28753. Thousands of bricks comprise a chimney, a temporary structure that symbolizes Appalachia's heritage and evolution. The brick factory will be open and tours of the chimney and campus will be available from 2-8 p.m.


The Mobile Community Brick Factory has traveled to Baltimore and South Carolina.


The old Marshall Jail in Downtown Marshall

Babies Love Bricks

Bring the Babes.

Low-Tech Clay Making

molds and screens for clay making

Brick Making

Compose a message that's meaningful to you.


building community

About the artist

Josh Copus started the Building Community project as a student at UNC Asheville in 2006. He's sent bricks to many states and countries, world leaders and fellow potters. He lives in Marshall, North Carolina.

Josh is a prolific ceramic artist, in addition to a brick maker. Find his sculptural vessels at Blue Spiral 1 and Clayspace in Asheville. Visit to learn more.




Old Marshall Jail


The Old Marshall Jail sits at the intersection of Baileys Branch Road and the French Broad River in downtown Marshall. It's a large white building. The brick making site is in a smaller white building adjacent to the jail. For GPS navigating, please enter 33 Baileys Branch Road, Marshall, NC, 2875.

Learn more about the jail at


Oral History Project

Consider this video a preview of good things to come. The Old Marshall Jail was a central part of community life from 1905 until 2012. As the building transforms from a jail into a commercial space, artist Josh Copus and journalist Emily Patrick are collecting stories of townspeople, law enforcement, prisoners, community -- anyone who has something to say about the jail.