Josh Copus, a 2006 graduate, was inspired to create his pottery using clay from nearby Madison County through his undergraduate research project on ceramic materials and local clays.
Copus now has two studio collectives in RAD, Clayspace and Foundation Clay. He has another studio in Marshall that includes his kiln and most of his operations. Using funds provided by the Windgate Fellowship he received while at UNC Asheville, he built a 27-foot-long woodfired climbing chamber kiln in Marshall. Those funds also allowed him to start Clayspace and propelled him from being a student to becoming a professional. Today he works with galleries across the country and sells his work all over the world.