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Chris Campbell

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#88113 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 June 2015 - 10:45 AM

I am already planning the replacement piece of course ... :P

lets just say it will be a lot thinner, easier to carry and/or built on a kiln shelf rather than needing to be transferred to one.


.. at this point I just want to get a good look at my elements ... clay is cheap, elements are not. <_<


**Update ... elements are fine, only the base of the sculpture exploded so I can still use the top. Not much else got broken.


#88104 Members With Etsy Stores?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 June 2015 - 09:47 AM

So true Mark ...

Hand/Human Made items cannot go toe to toe against imports/buy-sell ... whether in a live show, a shop or the Internet ... We just cannot beat them if we market in the same place to the same people. People who buy by price alone are not our customers.
People who don't care who made it are not our crowd either ... even though they will pay big bucks in mall chains for machine made goods supposedly touched somewhere along the line by a human.

I have heard stories about potters ... Friends of friends, someone knows this person etc. ... making a good living on etsy but have yet to meet this elusive person to find out exactly what they consider to be a good living $$$$$. Is it $100 a day before expenses or is it $20?

However, I do know lots of potters who are making their living with the hard work mix of retail, wholesale, live sales and teaching. Pick any three and go for it.

#87995 Members With Etsy Stores?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 29 June 2015 - 12:24 PM

If working the Internet is fun for you and your aim is to wholesale to stores and galleries there, you might want to check out ...
I wholesaled from there for ten years ... but left about seven years ago so I don't know prices or rules etc. I do know they try very hard to keep it "human made" but you would not believe how hard it is to keep it that way. Every craft has its own ideas of where the line is.
There used to be another group wholesale site but cannot remember the name right now. The Guild? Maybe.

#87943 Members With Etsy Stores?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 June 2015 - 06:52 PM

Success on etsy is HARD work ... A different kind of work than hauling to shows but very time consuming.
Note that the successful guy is making almost everything by machine to keep his price points low. It is very discouraging to sell against machine made goods be it pottery or jewelry.
With new listings hitting the site by the second, day and night ... It is hard to be noticed. There are clay groups there who could help you.
Read up on all their hints and tips to give yourself a good chance for success.

#87915 Will Talcum Powder Burn Off Completely

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 June 2015 - 10:54 AM

I don't know what type of talcum you used, but I've used cheap talcum powder and it all burned off.

#87532 Insuring Equipment?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 June 2015 - 05:22 PM

Cannot say this often enough or LOUD enough ..,CERF


Look there for a ton of free, solid information.
They pick up the pieces after and do their best to prepare artists for the worst day of their career.

#87427 Lessons From Another Potter

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 June 2015 - 08:40 AM

I can only come up with one place I would trust to that extent ... not that others are not honest, just that they are no better organized than I am!

#87209 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 June 2015 - 07:41 PM

Maybe I can offer a few ideas ....

First embrace the concept of probably 90% of income producing potters ... they have to do "Some and some"
Some to pay the bills and some to keep you creatively alive.
There are slow times production wise when you can take a month or two to make some for YOU. For me it was January and February but your sales cycle could be different. It is important to use down time for YOU.

When income generation is not foremost then the some/some will tilt more towards what you want ...
BUT ... Having said that there is also a good chance that your sculptures could bring in more money than pots. I had a friend who dropped her pots and went 100% with her big $$$$ passion work and sold out every show. She cast caution aside and just went for it.
So there is no one answer.

Maybe your love and passion and creativity does not lie in pots.
You don't have to make functional wares to be a potter.
You don't have to sign up for $$$ classes to follow your passion.

If you need to sell pots ...
Take a few hours to do an inventory. Get all of your pots and line them up ... Then sort them into great, ok and yuck.
Hammer the yuck.
Put the great on a shelf.
Study the OK.
Pick the ones you like, group them together and figure out what you like about them.
Pick one or two forms that still need exploration, forms that intrigue you with their possibilities.
Which ones could interest you for the next year?

Yes, take baby steps into it ... You don't have to decide your whole pottery future now.

#87152 "would You Be Willing To Accept Less For It?"

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 June 2015 - 04:44 PM

> I'll have a bag of clay with me, and plan to hand him the bag, "I'll take your offer for this bag of prepared clay and you can make your own for that price"!!!. "

That is an imaginative solution ... Hand them a "do it yourself kit" .... A free pound of clay in a plastic bag. Maybe even clay from your garden so they can have the fun of processing it.

#82682 Can You Describe An Ah Ha Moment You Had?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 May 2015 - 10:37 AM

First aha was when I learned we were moving to Georgia .. I just knew I had to try pottery.
Second was watching Lana Wilson throw, stretch, pound, and shape clay ... I realized I was not taking enough chances.
Three was a workshop with Jane Peiser ... Colored clay!
Four was attending my first NCECA and being with thousands of other potters ... totally immersed in pottery.
Five was Chris Staley's workshop comment to "Notice what you notice. Pay attention."
Six was the day I stopped making 'stuff' and got serious.
Seven .... Eight ... Nine ... Ten .... Conversations with experienced potters/ collectors I admire who widened my mind.
Eleven and up .... Still in the wings waiting ....

#82610 Raku - When Is It Safe For The Second Piece?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 May 2015 - 04:35 PM

I used to sit the next pieces on top of the kiln to pre heat and they went in as soon as the others came out. They were very hot and had to be placed in with tongs or gloves. I never waited.
Hey, if the shock of the heat gets them then they would not survive the shock of the cold either.

#82493 Potters Council In Ireland!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 May 2015 - 09:31 AM

After looking at the 10 day weather forecast, I went out and bought a raincoat with a hood ... Looking forward to meeting you all!

#82309 Any Way To Get An Off Topic Forum?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 23 May 2015 - 03:45 PM

TJR ... That tickles my funny bone ...
Thwarting an off topic area by staying on topic ... Rants about people NOT hijacking the thread ....

#81947 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 May 2015 - 02:48 PM

Update! Out of one fire and into boredom.


So have found my solution for mounting fish for outdoor display and the paper clay slip is working perfectly to join the dry fish to the damp clay supports. BUT the job is so boring. I am only placing the first layer of fish with slip, the next will be placed with glue so they hide any supporting areas and blank spots.


Oh well, onto the next step.

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#81611 It's Too Big..she Said

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 May 2015 - 03:05 PM

Well, I did have one customer who bought my work in a gallery, then called me to talk about it ... then got offended because I was female .... Harrumph!! ... I wonder if he returned the piece for a refund?