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Chris Campbell

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    clay stained since 1988

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    Raleigh, NC

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  1. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    John and I finally connected today at the tea bowl talk ... we both missed seeing you ... are you sure you were not hiding! Maybe next time. NCECA was terrific this year ... very interesting.
  2. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    Have not seen Pres yet ....but this has been a great NCECA so far. Cold, for sure but excellent presentations and shows. i might not make 2019, but will definitely be in Richmond in 2020.
  3. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    Really Mark ... warm weather, reef snorkeling, salt firing instead of flying to cold rainy Pittsburgh? Must have been a tough decision.
  4. I hope to meet up with some of you at NCECA in Pittsburgh this week. I will be placing my earrings around the venue .... if you find a pair be sure to take a pix of them on your ears and post on Instagram #earshow2018. SORRY ... the image is so huge and I can’t find a way to size it!
  5. Could you write out an example of how you use this process? Sounds interesting to adapt industry terms to our craft.
  6. My biggest tip is ... use witness cones in your firings ... so often when a load fails people have no idea of the answer to the most basic questions which are ...what temp did the kiln reach and where was it hot or cold? Without knowing this you are basically just guessing at whether the problem was glaze formula, glaze application, firing cycle etc ... and this leaves you no good way to advance. Buy and use the whole set on every level of your kiln ... one cone under, one cone over and one at the temp you want.
  7. Design options to prevent bending

    You could also change clay body to get one that is friendlier and less prone to slumping.
  8. Design options to prevent bending

    Make the pieces, glaze the front only and lay them flat for the first firing which will be a high temp to take them to maturity. Since they are flat you won’t get slumping. Then use a low fire glaze on the reverse and fire in your stands to Cone 06 which will be too cool to cause slumping. A lot of potters never consider that you don’t have fire in ‘low to high’ order ... fire the way you need to. Also. as a side note ... I leave all kinds of Pottery outdoors throughout the year and never lose a thing glazed or unglazed and we do get freezing temps. My worst damage is from deer knocking things over.
  9. Design options to prevent bending

    Reverse your firings. Glaze the tops and fire them to maturity flat on the shelf. That way nothing slumps. Use a Cone 04-06 glaze on the bottoms, fire them in your holder. That low of a firing will not mess up your high fired glaze and it won’t be hot enough for your items to slump.
  10. Another good question might be ... basic things you can do to avoid needless failures and disappointment.
  11. Paper clay recipes

    Here is a link to the page on my site that describes making paper clay. http://www.ccpottery.com/paper.html

    Try the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC ... Website ... folkschool.org ... great place, nice people.
  13. Tell them to open themselves up to the culture and let it change them ... don’t seek the safety of known things.
  14. At one stage, my failure rate was about 75% and it was getting to me ... then I read about a Japanese potter whose failure rate was always about 98% ... so I decided mine was not so bad. :-) oh yeah ... one cure was controlled cooling ... it is now under 50% ... sometimes better. as Mario Andretti once said ... if everything seems to be under control, you’re not going fast enough,
  15. ... if you cannot tolerate unpredictability ... If you need an absolute answer ... If breaking a piece (or twenty) is devastating ... if you want instant gratification ... if ten years is too long to work on a glaze or with a clay body ... if a month is too long to wait for something to dry ... if throwing is harder than it looks and you don't want to put in the years ... yes Callie is right on , if you can't do failure, do something else because it is part and parcel of this craft no matter how long you do it. If you are not failing, you are not trying new things.

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