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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. Reputation for selling cheap pottery

    Apply this to other things ... is a good painting worth less because someone else sells theirs for cheap in a garage parking lot? Does crafted furniture suffer because you can get cheap sets at the local hardware chain? How about great cooking? Fine hotels? Designer clothing? My pet peeve has always been that the great potters don’t move UP ... vacate the low price area ... and widen our price ranges. I should never be able to buy a piece of excellently crafted work in the same price range as a beginner efforts ... but ... sadly I can. The price range is not nearly wide enough to make people appreciate the difference.
  2. Copied Images

    I see other images there that do not seem right ... can they just pull images off the Internet??
  3. I agree with Neil that some just clean off easier ... like black ... while other dye the clay .. like greens and blues. Getting a sharp clean line is one of those ... it all depends ... things. There are probably two dozen basic ways to this with a hundred optional ways to each. if you could post a picture of the kind of image you are trying it would help.
  4. 1st pots in 30 years

    You are making reasonable looking pots for where you are right now. Are they good, bad, excellent, terrible? ... you are too new at this to have that judgement say anything about your potential. That said ... remember what you said about needing the ‘zen’ part? Relaxation, meditation, looking inward? Try to enjoy this phase of learning. Throw with the intention of pleasing yourself by pushing your boundaries and seeing what happens. Forget about the glazing ... you can learn that next. Throw, split, appraise, recycle, throw again until you look at a pot and know it is good ... not just good enough to sell, unsigned, to someone. There is NO replacement for the time spent on the seat of your pants throwing pots ... enjoy!
  5. Jet black smooth nerikomi clay or velvets?

    Jet black Mason stain at about 5-6% ... good, solid black. It will take you about 15 minutes to mix it into any clay body and you will have it forever if you store it right. http://www.ccpottery.com/how_to_color_clay_with_maso.html
  6. Crazy requests

    Mark ... I had this exact kind of experience ... it went on for months until I finally asked a caller where they were getting my name from. It turns out that Google was listing me on their directory as a Pottery resource ... if you Googled “Pottery Raleigh” my info popped up ...I was listed on Google maps ... everywhere. I went in and changed my profile listing and the calls stopped. Sorry, this was last year and I can’t quite remember how I changed it but it worked.
  7. Majolica

    Questions- What clay are you using? What would you paint the background pictures with? What glaze are you using? What product will you be using to paint over the glaze? What Cone are you firing to? What look are you trying to achieve? Do you have a picture?
  8. I would suggest you also ask this question on a polymer clay since they might be more likely to use some kind of food safe sealants. Obviously you could only use air dried clay bowls for dry foods such as chips or crackers so you could easily wipe them clean.
  9. are these engobes ?

    Amaco sells colored engobes. Five or six different colors. In my little world, engobe is just another name for a slip.
  10. I’m thinking this too ... I bisque to Cone 010 and the work is very fragile at that stage. But, I have never had any break just because I glazed them. They are almost acting like greenware.
  11. This sounds quite strange. Can you post pictures?
  12. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    I will definitely be in Richmond ... though it will probably end up being unseasonably something or other. From what I have been told ... NCECA locations are determined by many factors including cost of hotels, availability of a conference center, willingness of a local university to sponsor and do the legwork. It usually ends up in medium sized cities with affordable venues. Cities like NY, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco etc. are usually more expensive and out of range for most budgets. My parking trick for these excursions is to park in the long term lot at the airport and take the shuttle into town ... usually $8 a day vs $20+ at hotel lots.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. NCECA 2018 Pittsburgh

    Really Mark ... warm weather, reef snorkeling, salt firing instead of flying to cold rainy Pittsburgh? Must have been a tough decision.

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