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Chris Campbell

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#80129 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Chris Campbell on Today, 04:09 PM

Final Entry

"Tornado Watch" bowls

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#80092 Selling To A Business

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 09:15 PM

This article on my website might answer a few questions ... Working with Galleries ...


#79888 When Do You Know To Start Regular Firing Of Your Kiln?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 April 2015 - 05:21 PM

Do you mean ... when is the excess moisture gone? Hold up a mirror and if it fogs, don't ramp up.

#79878 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 April 2015 - 03:53 PM

TA DA !!!!! :D :P :lol:


I did not break it during moving nor did I have to dismantle the kiln.

It needs a week or so more to dry ... then we shall see.

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#79820 Peas And 6 Story Buildings. Thank You, Pete Pinnell, Flocculation Finally Ma...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 21 April 2015 - 08:24 PM

Pete Pinnell is definitely a potter who thinks about everything and can communicate his ideas very well. If he is ever running a workshop you can get to ... GO! Your brain will definitely need to rest afterwards.

#79739 Travertine Tile

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 April 2015 - 02:51 PM

NOTE ADDED ... I think Marcia's reply below is correct and these likely cannot be fired since they are stone not ceramic. My answer is only good for fired ceramic tiles. My bad! Sorry.

Yes, speaking very generally, you can fire commercial ceramic tiles at low temps ... Cone 06 and below.
You can decorate them with under glazes, fire once to set the design then if needed put a clear glaze over and fire again. Even if the tile already has a glaze on it you can paint on top of the glaze and fire to see what happens. Glazed tiles take very well to sgraffito which is a technique of carving through a solid color to leave the design.
Just don't try to fire them to higher temps as this can lead to problems.

#79483 Confess. How Many Of You Colored Outside The Lines As A Child?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 16 April 2015 - 10:07 AM

i remember trying to stay inside the lines to please the teacher. This seemed more important than artistic expression at the time.
Now, I seldom give coloring books as gifts to children ... Blank paper, lined paper, graph paper, tracing paper, colored paper, glue, scissors, paint, crayons ... and of course, the best stuff ever ...glitter glue.

#79380 Some Restrictions On Posting To Stop Spam?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 April 2015 - 09:30 AM

Maybe I am de-sensitized to SPAM, but I really see no reason to invent and apply some new rule.
Make the generous VOLUNTEER moderators have to do one more job. Just report it, or ignore it and move on.
If anyone drops in and cannot recognize a weird post as being just spam then ....

#79153 Dressing Up The Display

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 April 2015 - 02:45 PM

Great booth Mea ... I hope you don't mind if I comment a bit.

Chantay ... I hope you are taking booth design tips too from Mea's set up ... Not hard to tell she has a design background. : - )
Notice where your eye is drawn and how it moves around the booth and almost pulls you in. There are no objects that look tippy and nothing sticking out to warn people with bags and parcels away. Everything is obvious and simple. Plus she has that nice private spot behind the curtain to do the wrapping or keep extra inventory.

#79151 How Do You Plan For "a Show"

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 April 2015 - 02:35 PM

Before you can begin to plan, you have to decide what your goal is. What are you hoping to get out of it?
Visibility? Reputation? Income? Are you trying to impress or earn?

#78948 Pottery Add

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 April 2015 - 07:11 PM

I am going to sidestep the mess issue since I live in a big glass house .......
BUT ....
I have learned over the years that there are distinct areas of interest to potters ... clay, design, making, glazing, firing ... to name a few. The more you specialize in one area, the bigger it gets. You just don't have time to do all you want and as my buddy Tony Clennell likes to say. " You pick something up, you gotta put something down." So it does not surprise me that someone casts aside the area of learning to make glazes in order to focus on the area they enjoy.
No one is more surprised than me that I have spent 25 years ... Yikes! ... Learning about Mason stains and clay ... And have barely scratched the surface. I still have research on an article promised about how oxides can be used to ramp up the colors of stains. Not even started.
So yes, I buy my glazes and love that I am keeping a scientist employed.
And yes, I buy my clay and keep my suppliers in business.
Soon I might employ a camera guy to film a DVD .... It never ends.

#78853 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 April 2015 - 11:11 AM

Muggles certainly are a buzz kill to the playful child.

(Muggles are easily identified by their use of the phrase ... 'try to think outside the box' ... hmmmm, what box?)


As corny as it sounds ... it is so great to have grandkids ... little peeps who always want to play.

I missed playing so much!

I know I have only 6 years or so until they begin to morph into Muggles so I have to play as much as I can while they are young. :D :P

#78777 Dress Code Issues

Posted by Chris Campbell on 07 April 2015 - 10:06 AM

I agree TJR ... I really do not want the smell or sight of your dirty feet ... And yes, after five minutes they are dirty. Ick!
As to the instructor's choice of clothing ... I have always gone by the rule of thumb that anyone should be able to walk into the classroom and spot the person in charge. They should not have to ask.

#78636 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 April 2015 - 10:53 AM

I am also going to suggest spending time watching YouTube videos of throwing ... A lot of these are really well done so you can watch the hand placement as often as you need to. Also you will see many different ways to do it and realize there is NO one right way.

Brace yourself for the glaze chemistry area as she will likely be just as 'helpful'. .... But once again there are some great videos of potters talking about glaze chemistry.

We all learn inn our own way and these videos might help you.

#78629 Newb With A Few Easy (Hopefully) Questions!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 April 2015 - 10:39 AM

Not to be argumentative, but people cooked in lowfire unglazed, pit-fired wares for thousands of years, and still do in some places.
Likely there's a possibility of bacterial contamination in the pores of such wares, however.
That said, you can still find unglazed earthenware chicken bakers in upscale kitchen shops.  I've often wondered how they can be adequately cleaned.

I understand your point, but it would not be right for us to tell a newbie that they could fire food safe, functional wares in her oven. As to whether she has access to a pit firing area ... Who knows?
Yes, people still eat off low fired wares and are healthy etc. ... But if someone is publicly asking for solid info I would not tell them to use dishes fired in an oven or a raku method.
Also, I have used an unglazed clay baker for 30 or more years with no ill effects ... I don't even use soap to scrub it out after use ... They say you can totally clean it by re-firing it but I don't think that would end well.