For brickophiles like me, working at Tuskegee University is as good as it gets. The campus is an outdoor museum of historic brick, made by hand and by machine by students and faculty between the 1880s and 1910s.
These historic brick present a range of variegated textures and colorations. They index their making – the strike-mark of a trowel, the impression of a mold, the slump of too-soft clay, the kiss-mark of a too-hot kiln. Like us, their imperfections are a source of character and distinctiveness.
To learn more about brick making at the Tuskegee Institute, read my post “Tuskegee Institute and the Politics of Bricolage.”
© Donald E. Armstrong and Material Practices, 2013