Luis Ruiz turned adobe bricks by hand as they dried in the sun at the Hans Sumpf brick yard in Madera. The company was known nationwide for its adobe bricks and clay that is used by several well known local artists.
Luis Ruiz turned adobe bricks by hand as they dried in the sun at the Hans Sumpf brick yard in Madera. The company was known nationwide for its adobe bricks and clay that is used by several well known local artists. DIANA BALDRICA Fresno Bee File Photo
Luis Ruiz turned adobe bricks by hand as they dried in the sun at the Hans Sumpf brick yard in Madera. The company was known nationwide for its adobe bricks and clay that is used by several well known local artists. DIANA BALDRICA Fresno Bee File Photo

Hans Sumpf learned how to keep adobe bricks from getting mushy and also took up ceramics

June 10, 2017 2:06 PM

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