Ironically, this institution, which unsuccessfully began as the experimental "Prison Without Walls," made walls as its livelihood.
There were nine brick ovens on the property and this one remains in what is now Occoquan Regional Park. Here are some interesting pictures of the oven, to include what it looks like inside and outside, plus there's a diagram about how the huge kiln worked.
This pastel began with a watercolor underpainting on site. When there, the day repeatedly turned dark and light. If there was light, it was dappled on a mottled surface. What a great challenge this became!
Filling in some much needed pastel, the painting flourished with color and definition.
soft pastel on mounted Wallis