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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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In Topic: How Do You Deal With Injuries?

Today, 11:03 AM

I am by no stretch of the imagination a medical professional ... -_- ... but that never stops anyone does it?


What I would recommend since you are young and at the start of your career is that you find a way with clay that involves several different kinds of activities rather than just the constant repetitive motions of throwing, trimming etc. Try some handbuilding, or different techniques of decorating ... just some ways to give your wrist a rest from the stress of staying in one horizontal, elevated position.


If you can vary your wrist activity several times a day you might get more time before discomfort starts.

In Topic: Put Name Of Event That I Am Selling Products At, On My Products Sold There?

Today, 10:41 AM

>I'm preparing for a summer "Old Home Days" event in a small NE USA town, it will be my second ever craft fair. I'll try half a dozen plates with moose on them and just the town name and state. These people are very "town loyal", maybe 'cause they're stuck there like sticks in the mud - like me. I have some stuff in a consignment shop that is 'downtown' if you can call it that. 2 weeks & nothing there has sold.<

I would worry about putting the town name and state on it ... just my opinion, but doing this creates an item you cannot sell anywhere else.
Maybe make a nice hang tag describing something local or lets them know you are local ( if you are ) ... that way you are not stuck with inventory. You can also offer to date and sign them on the spot with a permanent marker.

If your work does not sell at all in about a month, go into the consignment shop and offer to trade the work out ... This gives you another chance to find the shapes that sell.

In Topic: What Are You Working On?

Yesterday, 07:23 PM

I was persuaded to make my own prizes for my Lady Captain's Day at the Golf Club and it's now 2 weeks away! This needed 17 prizes of varying 'values'. I've been 'playing' with clay for the last couple of years, but haven't got beyond the - 'gifts for friends and family' stage, so this has really focused me and I waiver between feeling v proud of my work so far and mortified at the prospect of the glazing going wrong and not having prizes for this big day!!! have enough pieces made and need to do one more bisque fire (small kiln!!!) to ensure I have spares for when the glazing is not acceptable or breakages.

I have some test pieces ready (underglazes, oxides etc) and now need to fire them and then use a matt and shiny transparent on each to help me decide how to finish the prize items. As I haven't mastered glazing, this is potentially where the plan goes pear-shaped! Dip, pour, spray, brush on? Glaze tongs or finger grips? Wax bottoms or wipe? Oxides under or over base glaze? While I've made quite a lot of pieces over the past 2 years, I haven't yet got to a position of confidence with colouring and glazing.

So......tomorrow is final bisque fire day and a good clean up in the studio. Then I have Saturday & Sunday clear and must bite the bullet and decorate the first few pieces - oxide brushed on & wiped back on one, sprayed on another and underglaze painted into carved areas on a third, then transparent glaze over, but dip, pour, spray? Decision, decisions - it's making me nervous just posting this. Brush on has been the most consistently successful transparent glaze to date, but I don't have glossy brush on and haven't yet tried the matt. Also I WANT to develop my dipping, pouring, spraying skills and get right away from brush on glaze. Perhaps this project isn't the time to be brave...or perhaps it is? In case you're wondering...I DON'T have a back up plan! If I think about it and have the time, I'll post some pics - successful or otherwise, of the finished items. Wish me luck!


As Mario Andretti once said ... if everything appears to be under control, you are not going fast enough!!


Good Luck!! :D

In Topic: Personal Pottery Video

Yesterday, 07:19 PM

It seems like a small thing but I guarantee that every time those music bars are used, a composer hears CHA-CHING $$$ .... plus they are not exactly obscure.


I had a friend who did voice overs and commercials back in the dark ages ... and even then he had a company whose job it was to track down every time his voice was used. CHA-CHING $$$$


If your video went viral, you'd be hearing from some folks. :D :P :unsure:

In Topic: Breakage

Yesterday, 02:47 PM

I was just reading Dave Finkeinburg's article on firing in the February '14 edition of Ceramics Monthly and he says that if a crack occurs during the heating part of the kiln cycle the edge will be "somewhat to very much rounded". Cooling cracks are the jagged ones.


So, maybe this occurred due to uneven heating rather than cooling.

They were stacked so the centers would have stayed cool longer than the outside surfaces which were heating up???

If this could be so, then I would definitely not stack them again!

Personally, I have never had good luck stacking tiles ... easier to fire them on their sides.