The Clayspace Co-op in Asheville's River Arts District is a bright, shining example of local artists recognizing a need in the community and coming together to make something incredible come to life - and sustain itself. When Josh Copus and Matt Jacobs were BFA students at UNC- Asheville in 2003, they needed to be able to throw pots whenever they wanted - not just when the studio on campus was open. By pooling resources and talents, the Clayspace Co-op took off and has since expanded to claim five members - professional ceramic artists who work and show in the cooperative space at the Wedge Studios in Asheville's River Arts District.
The Clayspace Co-op is home to potters Josh Copus, Matt Jacobs, Eric Knoche, Melissa Weiss, and Heather Tinnaro. All five wood-fire their wares, often in the Community Temple - the 27-foot-long wood-burning kiln built on Copus' Madison County land in 2007.
With a nod to Copus, Jacobs, and the Clayspace family, you can enjoy a pint of Community Porter at Wedge Brewery, just downstairs from the Co-op.