Queens students walking by Tillet on Monday and Tuesday may have been enticed by signs to walk into a so-called “brick factory” within the building. Inside, students could find clay molded into the shape of bricks and students surrounding tables with mallets and blocks of letters.
Every semester, Queens University Art Club brings in a visiting artist to the school. This semester that artist is potter Josh Copus, who is converting an old jail into a bed and breakfast and has made monuments and pathways around it with his brickwork. He is inspired by nature around him and likes to replicate the looks of natural rocks.
He has been holding workshops in the building while students and the community have come by to listen and design bricks of their own. Each brick will be used as part of the project in creating a community around the old jail.
“The point is to create community. The concept is that an individual brick can’t really do much, but a bunch of bricks can do a bunch, which reflect society,” said Lauren Glase, a student involved in the Art Club.