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  1. Another good question might be ... basic things you can do to avoid needless failures and disappointment.
  2. Paper clay recipes

    Here is a link to the page on my site that describes making paper clay. http://www.ccpottery.com/paper.html
  3. There is a topic in the updates area that I don't think has been asked here yet .... What should you name your business? Your name? Your street, town name? A cute name meaningful to you? Obviously since I am "Chris Campbell Pottery, LLC" we know what my answer is. The why is strictly business related ... Easy to Google and find website quickly Don't have to remember the name of that potter at Wild Turkey Pottery Easily fits even if I change the type of work I do ... Eg not 'earthenware by Chris' etc. Legally have to put the LLC on everything If I get stuff addressed to Mr. Chris Campbell I know I can safely throw it out. What did you name your business and why??

    Try the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC ... Website ... folkschool.org ... great place, nice people.
  5. Tell them to open themselves up to the culture and let it change them ... don’t seek the safety of known things.
  6. 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,
  7. ... 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.
  8. Here’s one from a current discussion .... you know you are not meant to be a potter if ......
  9. I would suggest trying another, more forgiving clay body. Some are better than others for hand building. If you absolutely love this clay, then wet your work surface so any forming or rolling is being done on a damp surface. This works better than directly wetting the clay ... misting sometimes just makes the clay slippery as it does not sink in.
  10. If one of your students....

    It’s actually weirdly funny to think about you taking the time to fire glaze samples that look nothing like the results. You probably also uncenter the clay. Do you go around at night with your s-crack device and ruin the plates? Maybe you are the one who shrinks bowls too! Fess up ... do you warp pots in your spare time?
  11. If one of your students....

    I agree ... you handled it with class and your other students know what is happening. I would ask her to stay after the last class of this session and privately ask her if she wants to be in the next round of classes or not. Explain that this is not an instant gratification place and it takes years to learn. Tell her you will not be abused or called a liar again and if she cannot go with this, please do not return. Then it is up to you to decide if the next class is “full” or not when she does apply.
  12. Selling in Galleries

    I’m with Mea on this ... 80/20 suggests people who either do not know what they are doing or they just want to act out the role of getting things locally. I would almost guarantee they won’t be selling your work so it will have to sell itself. Mugs is what I would supply ... espresso size, latte size and large size. Good luck with it!
  13. Catskills, NY/July 19-23, 2018/Colored Clay

    UPDATE: ... the class is filled but, they are taking names for a waiting list. Looking forward to meeting and teaching everyone who signed up! Chris
  14. There are only 12 spots in this class and many are already taken. This is my only workshop for 2018 so Register soon if you want to attend. Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, 15 Big Hollow Road, Maplecrest NY July 19 - 23, 2018 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM $475+ $25 + $38 Colored Clay Fee Payable to Instructor Materials Fee Intermediate to advanced This unique workshop will provide you with all the information you need to make glorious pieces with colored clays and slips, adding special interest to your Cone 6 process. Demonstrations will cover how to color clay and easily blend secondary colors and slips. We will create patterned canes along with colored images to use in your work. This class is mainly focused on hand-building but methods of incorporating colored clays into thrown pieces will also be demonstrated and there will be throwing assistance if needed. Students will purchase 1 lb. each of the following colors: Robins egg blue, pink, yellow, blue, Bermuda and Green, directly from the instructor for a fee of $38. Work will be bisque fired and a Cone 6 glaze firing will be unloaded on the last day. https://www.catskillmtn.org/our-programs/arts-education/sugar-maples/index.html
  15. success 1. The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. 2. The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status. 3. A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc. 4. archaic - The good or bad outcome of an undertaking. In pottery we can pretty well rule out #2. I would tend to go for #1 or 4. I like the idea that just finishing and reaching your goal is enough. You don't have to find the meaning of life .... just accomplish what you set out to do. That is very satisfying.
  16. Competing Styles

    Sadly, none of us is the special exemption to the rules of commerce. People do not want to see how hard you work, how long it took, what your studio looks like, what throwing looks like ... save your money and keep that filler stuff for your website ... customers look at your work and decide if it is worth their money. Scary huh? They look at your work and decide if it is worth spending their hard earned money on.
  17. Competing Styles

    Sorry but this was my morning smile ... people DO NOT READ ... nope, you can mark a simple exit and they will ask which way is out. I saw a show ( City in the Sky ... really good ) on how Atlanta airport moves people through it with pictures and subtle cues of pavement changes and patterns. Trying to move them using printed words slows the whole process down too much.
  18. Competing Styles

    This evolution is not so much about Marketing and Sales as it is about the voyage of discovery that learning your craft is ... and finding where you fit into the picture. I very strongly recommend that every new potter tries every possible technique that pops into their heads ... jump in, enjoy and grab every lesson from it you can. This learning by doing builds your knowledge base with clay ... every success and failure teaches you something you will remember and apply later on. There are no wasted digressions when learning a craft ... that is part of the joy of it. Because one day you will get smacked upside the head with the one that grabs you ... the one you cannot let go of and that is one great day. You think that you have narrowed your sights but when you get into it, it keeps expanding and the options improbably grow rather than shrink. The more you know, the more you don't know. This is the sweet spot that so many artists want to reach ... their style, their voice ... and I submit, there is no straight road to it. If you look at the work of any artist in any field you might not recognize their early work at all ... but only sometimes see little clues to where they finally end up. This is why experienced Gallery owners, judges, editors, collectors, customers etc., etc., value the importance of seeing a cohesive line of work ... it is an exciting signpost of someone who has reached a certain point in their career. They bet on the fact that there is more where that came from and they will be able to provide it to their customers as well. They love to see an artist grow within it ... like great jazz, play riffs around it. It is why they stay interested in working with these artists. That said, it is not something you HAVE TO DO. If you want to make everything and try everything then do it. Learn all you can and move on to the next thing. Just realize that this wide variety of items speaks for you just as a cohesive line says something else. Like everything else with clay ... it all depends on what you want to do next.
  19. BIG question ... Do your pots sell right now? Do people want to buy them and ask for more? Making what you want to make is not key to making a living ... it’s making what other people will buy. Working potters call it “some and some” ... some for the bills, some for my soul. Guess which side gets the most! Does not matter how much work, plannng, effort, blood, sweat or tears you put into it ... how does your work look to others? How good is the quality? Do you have your own style yet? Can you put a shelf of work together that is cohesive and saleable? And ... if people do like it how much can you produce day in and day out in order to meet your needs? Take a look at the numbers Mark C and Mea post and know that consistently moving this volume of clay is how you make a living. Even potters whose work has been in demand have been felled by the physical and mental demands of volume. I’m not trying to rain on your parade, honest. I agree 100% with Mea to keep a full time job until Pottery can cover your living expenses no matter how long it takes. Don’t put yourselves under this time limit kind of pressure.
  20. Raku- will this survive

    I agree with Marcia ... no reason it would not if it was well made. That said, I would make two.
  21. I have been experimenting with laminating super thin slices of colored clay patterns onto both sides of a white sheet of clay. All went well until after bisque firing ... when I rinsed them in water small confetti shaped pieces popped off with enough force to travel a couple feet away. Woke me up! Glazed and fired them to Cone 7 and washed them again using a little more caution ... and a couple more zinged off. Needless to say, none of the work is for sale ... ... my prime suspect here is very tiny air pockets since the pieces were dry enough to fire for a couple weeks just waiting indoors for a kiln load. But ... there were no visible air pockets while in process. I might need to try slip between the color and the white to fill those little gaps. Any other ideas?
  22. Getting zinged by bisque

    About 1 tbsp plain white Vinegar in 2 cups of water. Another potter said they had this problem and they used the vinegar water combo too. As I try to remember process ... this was all done before Holiday madness ... I think this was strung out over days so the water application might have been oftener with time for the solution to sink into the clay .... maybe I actually had layers of vinegar??
  23. Getting zinged by bisque

    Super easy to copy and paste!
  24. Getting zinged by bisque

    OK ... this new image might help better chemistry minds than mine. This is only happening under one pattern, the others are fine. From the image it looks like air bubbles but if my application process is off, why is it only off under one pattern?? I'm not saying I do it all correctly, but all the others are fine. Most of the action is happening under the pink which is Mason #6020 ... Manganese Alumina Pink Corundum, an inorganic pigment, is a reaction product of high temperature calcination in which Aluminum (III) Oxide and Manganese (III) Oxide in varying amounts are homogeneously and ionically interdiffused to form a crystalline matrix of corundum. Its composition may include P205 as a modifier. This needs brighter minds than mine chemistry wise.
  25. Getting zinged by bisque

    No plaster anywhere in my work area. Maybe it’s not lime ... I have no clue. Never have seen a pop like this ... it shoots out from the surface with an audible pop and travels a couple feet from the force of it. Happened as soon as the pot got wet. Going to try losing the vinegar, use distilled water and see what happens next time. I do love mysteries.

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