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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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In Topic: What Is The Most Challenging Aspect Of Working With Clay?

20 September 2014 - 10:52 AM

... Or time for that enjoyable job of changing the elements.

In Topic: Slip Trailing..which Tools Are Best?

19 September 2014 - 10:11 PM

One more type of trailer, a mylar cone from Charan Sachar

Thanks min ... I love his work and wondered how he controlled his imagery so well. Anyone just starting with slips should watch how he uses his hands for support and control. Also neat the way he mounts the work on the tube. He has found wonderful ways to express his culture in a contemporary way.


Does anyone know what kind of paper that is??

In Topic: Slip Trailing..which Tools Are Best?

19 September 2014 - 10:02 PM

Chris- For a standard not too thick not to thin line which one of those shown do you find the most comfortable to use for long periods of time? I have a few different ones I use but my hand always gets fatigued long before I am done.

Well ... The red home made bulb one is good because it takes a lot of slip to fill it and it is large enough so your hand does not cramp up. The most useless for me is the one made from the inner tube ... extremely messy to load and clumsy to use.

Biggest issue is clogging which can be avoided by pre-filtering the slip through nylons and keeping a tipped pin in the opening ... But often the first squeeze should be put onto a waste surface since there is almost always a gloop.

As I recall, the red bulb is purchased in an auto supply shop and the needle part is the attachment on an air pump (used to inflate basketballs etc) ... you snip off the tip of the needle because it has a small air hole, then sand it smooth on an angle. It makes a good tight fit so you can keep slip in it for a while as long as you use a needle to close the airway.

In Topic: What Is The Most Challenging Aspect Of Working With Clay?

19 September 2014 - 10:28 AM

The most constantly difficult area for me is one I would call "Finding a balance". It covers so many daily, weekly and yearly areas of my time in clay.
Finding a balance ....
Between making what gets noticed or what sells
Between learning new things or making work
Between finding time to read books, watch videos, etc and the demands of daily life
Between blogging, posting or making pottery
Between working comfortably or pushing the limits

I always seem to be choosing ... This is probably why I advocate having a written plan for each year.
Without one I would be constantly wandering the short attention span highway.

In Topic: Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

19 September 2014 - 10:18 AM

If you don't want to use your work for testing, might I recommend you make a dozen or so tiles and try various techniques on them? It's such a fun easy way to learn and at the end you have a nice set of tiles to keep for reference or use as coasters or whatever.

I am posting a link to the "using colored slips" area of my site so you can see what I mean.
Have fun with it!