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Chris Campbell

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#70353 Pitfalls And Must Haves

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 November 2014 - 11:00 PM

This is not said to scare people ... it is a point of view to share about what you might want to consider to protect yourself.

I've never been sued either in my 25 years, but I imagine if someone was pretty determined they might find away around any protection I think I have.

You have to determine for yourself what level of risk you are comfortable with.

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#70324 Pitfalls And Must Haves

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 November 2014 - 04:40 PM

Why I became an LLC ....
Outdoor craft show, stupidly had a votive candle burning for effect ... Lady picks it up and spills hot wax all over her hands.
Indoor craft show, child picks up object, drops it and quickly stoops down to grab up broken pieces.
Luckily neither event led to anything but apologies and smiles .... BUT ... I went home and registered to be an LLC first thing Monday morning. Over reacting? Maybe, but it's easier for me.

#70301 It Is Potters Council Advisory Board Election Nominations Time Again.

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 November 2014 - 12:36 PM

What's also needed are ideas and energy .... Because an idea is nothing until somebody does something.

In my time on the Board some ideas blossomed and others never got going ... While we were all willing to pitch in at any time, someone had to care enough to take the lead. Most of the Board at that time were working potters so we had to plan for the extra time needed to head a committee or phone around to research something ... we had to pick one or two projects and stay with them. So yes, you would be asked to head up a committee but it was never high pressure or rush, rush, rush. There are three months between meetings. Some things happened quickly and others needed time.

One thing I would guarantee anyone who takes on this job is a high degree of satisfaction when you can actually deliver a new benefit or improve on an old one. Or the pleasure in seeing that a united group can exert influence on a real problem. I love knowing that someone can now get health insurance, lower shipping rates, lower credit card fees, entry to a major show, access to wonderful teaching conferences simply because over the years a changing group of people did the work ... with the help and backing of ACerS.

#70106 Wholesale Q & A

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 November 2014 - 06:09 PM

Wholesale accounts with a capital "W" ... In other words full time ... are found at the big trade shows like the Rosen Show and the ACC show. This is where Galleries travel to look at and buy new work.
But ... More and more galleries are finding they don't have to travel to get new work. They get almost daily online submissions from artists or they can go to a site like wholesalecrafts.com and find work in the comfort of their own homes.
So you can design a complete presentation to e-mail to Galleries, you can approach nearby galleries in person or you can join a group website.
Another one of my pesky 'it all depends ...." answers.

#70035 Selling Your Items To Stores

Posted by Chris Campbell on 16 November 2014 - 05:14 PM

I agree to go with wholesale rather than consignment. This cheese shop is used to buying product without the hassle of keeping track of consignment items.

Here is a link to my article on selling wholesale ... there are several other articles and links on my site.

Good Luck!!



#69991 Pride ... Is It Really A Sin?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 16 November 2014 - 08:30 AM

Good for you!! I love the sweet simplicity of the piece ... and YES, enjoy every single second of pride in it.

#69871 Stubborn Ideas.

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 November 2014 - 08:59 PM

I think I have been there more than a few times myself ... My solution was to trust my instincts ... Push through the part of you that wants to stay in the nice cozy place ... the part that does not want to leap.

#69858 Stubborn Ideas.

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 November 2014 - 03:52 PM

I got a great piece of advice from a pottery instructor ... " notice what you notice."
Pay attention to what is catching your attention.
Why is the combo tugging at you? Why are you resisting?
Knowing the answers should help you move on.

#69808 The Double Dip

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 November 2014 - 06:31 PM

I would have glaze slung in a 4" circle around me!

Only 4" ?? You're not really tryin are ya!! : > )
I am sure I could manage to get glaze on the back of my head ... Under a hat!

#69603 Thinking Of Trying Porcelain

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 November 2014 - 11:59 AM

Your stoneware will not mind the porcelain, but you will not like the porcelain with stoneware bits in it.
I agree ... Clean up and keep them as far apart as you can. Any random speck will show up in the worst place possible.

#69602 Making A Hump Mold ... Tips?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 November 2014 - 11:56 AM

Thanks all ... Going to try again using these template ideas. Thinking I could even extrude some shapes to lie along the sides for variety.

#69496 To Submit Or Not To Submit

Posted by Chris Campbell on 07 November 2014 - 11:39 AM

Around here, the judge spends the night in the home of the best friend or spouse of the winners, who also hangs the shows, so I don't think the awards mean much.
I am more gratified when someone purchases a special piece as a wedding gift, or for some memorable person in their lives.  That lifts my potter's spirits more that a bought and paid for award.

What is super sad about this is that the winner probably enjoys the 'victory'. Kind of like cheating at solitaire!

#69366 To Submit Or Not To Submit

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 November 2014 - 11:58 AM

This is another one of those "it depends on what you want to do next" kind of questions.

Do you want to be known or do you focus on income?

Exposure does not equal $$$. It's nice, but doesn't pay the bills. :unsure:


If you want to be known, want to make the cover of magazines, want to be asked to present at NCECA, want Galleries to know your work, then you have to try to get into Regional and National shows. Even better, get to know the people and institutions who curate these shows. This is what happens at conventions like NCECA ... connections are made and maintained ... people get to know you and your work.


If you are less inclined to wanting fame, but would still like to put some of these shows on your CV ... then choose carefully. Look at the topic, look at the jurors.

Know that the money you send in is gone ... kind of like buying a lottery ticket but with much better odds.


I go through fits and starts on this ... some years I submit often, get rejected, then get annoyed that I wasted my money and time so I don't submit again for a while then go back to submitting ... this year I am tempted to submit work again ... crazy, crazy cycle that I ride! :lol:

#69333 Talking About Glaze Tests!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 November 2014 - 10:47 PM

At tonight's Triangle Potters Guild meeting ( Raleigh, NC) there was a presentation by Martin Stankus and Carolyn Wyland about Cone 6-7 glazes. With some generous helpers and some famous advisors and some great art centers volunteering their recipes ...they mixed 300 glazes and applied them to 4 test tiles each ... One white body, one red ... One set fired in oxidation, the other in gas reduction. Four times 300 is yep, 1,200 glaze tests.
Then we watched a show of each of the test groupings for 35 minutes. Dead silence as a room full of potters drooled over glazes. It was often amazing to see how the glazes behaved on each one. The electric firings had much more running than the gas which was the opposite of what they expected.
They eventually want potters to have access to all the real test tiles, to the donated or open source recipes and to know where to purchase the books others came from. It is an evolving project.
Congrats to them for all this hard work!!

#69184 Craft Shows... Tips For Success

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 November 2014 - 09:54 PM

I was at a large, multi day / multi products fair today ... Last day of a very busy three day schedule. Large variety of vendors at various stages of sales ... from small mom & pop businesses to small reps of larger companies. I'm estimating 100 booths ... Some slick, pro set ups to small obvious first timers.
It was mostly buy/sell, gift mart kind of stuff ... but there were some 'real' folks in there who seemed to be holding their own. This is very hard to do when you are the small fry in the big pond, so good for them! No pottery at all on sale except for one booth with hundreds of those small garlic grater plates.
I was pleasantly surprised to see most of the vendors were still smiling and cheerfully explaining their products with three hours left to go. Anyone who has done a longer show knows how hard that is when your mind is already dreading tear down!
A minority of booths with totally disinterested people reading or hiding gloomily behind something ... no customers even though their products were not that different from others.
Bottom line was that once again the same things were working ... Smile, move around your booth area, engage the customer, greet the customer, explain if needed, demonstrate if needed, leave alone if needed, smile, smile, smile.