Building Community Brick Project


Now Open

See the full schedule below for hours and days of operation.


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 brick factory is in full swing! Open days and hours are announced two or three weeks in advance on a rolling basis. They're also posted on the side of the factory building in front of the jail. Look for the little white house.

Upcoming dates include:

Thursday, September 21, 1-4 p.m.

Friday, September 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, September 29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Art on the island

Wednesday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

friday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More days of operation will be announced soon. Check back for details.

The Old Marshall Jail is located at 33 Baileys Branch Road in downtown Marshall across from Good Stuff on the bank of the French Broad River. If you're not sure where it is, ask anyone in town.


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.


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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