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Chris Campbell

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In Topic: Equipment/tool Shaming/bullying

22 September 2016 - 11:43 AM

Thanks for clarifying Stephen.


I myself have enjoyed the fact that posters seem so ingenious in their manufacture of their own tools ... unapologetic about using found objects or any tool that makes their lives easier. 


" ... found a load of bricks and a burner from 1945 and build my own Cone 10 kiln ..."

" ... found some old angle iron and made my own trimming tools ..."

" ... walking along a stream and saw some great clay ..."

Say what???

Makes me feel like such a sissy in the pottery supply store.

BUT, undaunted I use my Giffen Grip, my store bought tools ... and my self centering clay.  :P 

In Topic: Ceramic Shelves - Too Heavy?

15 September 2016 - 09:55 PM

It sounds do able to me as long as you don't put overly heavy items on them when you are done.

I would go to a shelving store to personally check out the system you are thinking of using to make sure of your theory and your measurements. Make sure you have the exact shrinkage rate for your clay body so it will all fit after firing.

I myself am considering thin porcelain shelves for displaying my work but will support them with minimal brackets.

Good luck ... Post pictures when done.

In Topic: Ceramic Shelves - Too Heavy?

15 September 2016 - 10:07 AM

Main issues involve more information from you ...

How experienced are you in hand building with clay?
What clay are you thinking of using?
How are you planning to shape the shelves?
What cone will you be firing to?
How much weight would the shelves need to bear?

75 cm is a long piece of clay that you are hoping won't warp or crack so you will need some good skills ...
that said, it's possible and could be lovely.

In Topic: Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

14 September 2016 - 10:18 AM

Some things just look easy ... Like throwing a pot.
99% of us stop in our tracks to watch a demo by a pro and marvel at how easy it they make it look.
So, you really can't fault people for thinking if they start today they can have dinnerware by Christmas.

Bet not many people walk out of a Cirque du Soleil performance thinking they could do that with a couple lessons!

In Topic: Colored Clay Workshop - May 7-13, 2017-J Campbell Folk School

01 August 2016 - 04:02 PM


I look forward to seeing you there and creating color magic!