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Chris Campbell

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#93823 Qotw: How About Learn From Each Other’S Mistakes?

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 11:51 AM

I'm been working in clay long enough to recognize most posts as some error I have already made ...
Sadly, sometimes more than once as there is always that little voice that assures me it will end differently this time since I learned it all the last time.
There is always another lesson waiting in the wings.

#93677 Own Website Vs Facebook Photo Gallery

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 October 2015 - 11:52 AM

I say this in the nicest way ... : - ) ....
If you are questioning whether just building the site is more effort than it's worth, then the Internet sales area might not be for you.

Can you post images into a Facebook page ... Yes, but who is going to go looking for you unless you publicize it?
Can you build a super website ... Yes, but again how do you drive traffic to it?
Can you have an Etsy site .... Yes, but you better be prepared to spend lots of online time working it.
Even a blog eats away at hours of your day.
The Internet is fast and vast ... You get lost very quickly as attention spans / click away times hover around 3 seconds.

A very easy way for hobbyists to start selling is to find a local hand made gift shop that only needs a limited inventory, or small craft shows that have low entry fees but are well run ... This keeps the scope human, affordable and low stress.
Best of luck to you whichever way you go!

#93541 Ceramic Wedding Cake Stand

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 September 2015 - 05:10 PM

Death Star might not be a great message to send at a wedding? : - )

On a more serious note I worry about the circle shape supporting a flat tray that will wobble when cut into. I know the top will be flat but the sides still will be round.
I would be inclined to go with a sturdier vehicle myself.

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#93501 Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 September 2015 - 10:12 AM

If I could not make pottery any more, I would teach pottery making so at least I could still see, smell, and hear it being made.
Maybe I would finally write a book about colored clays or get that video made.

A few years ago, after a conversation with another potter, I decided it was time to make the pottery I wanted to make rather than market driven wares. This change revived my creativity and has led down new exciting paths I never would have found if I had kept on doing the same things. So I guess I retired from wholesale and went on Plan B already.

#93233 Display Question

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 September 2015 - 06:34 PM

People LOVE it when you pull something out from the box or the back ... They love they are seeing something nobody else had a shot at ... So do not be afraid to put one of each motif out and replenish when sold.
Your line is " Wait, I have something in the back that you are going to love."
Keep your display uncluttered and clean ... Mix in some plain ones because everybody has a friend whose taste they are not sure of.

#92930 Porcelain On Other Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 September 2015 - 03:23 PM

Here is my web page tutorial on using colored slips ... including white ones.


When I did production work, I often brushed Southern Ice slip on lower firing, less expensive porcelain to get a brighter white surface. I have also used it on Terra cotta bodies and the contrast is beautiful.

#92890 What's The Best ^5/6 Clay For Throwing Mugs/bowls

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 September 2015 - 10:32 AM

Narrow down your choices by deciding the color of the fired clay, the firing temperature you will be using and texture. Highwater clays has their store in Asheville so might be a good place to call or visit.
If you call them with your narrowed down choices they will recommend some friendly clay bodies for you to try. If you visit you can see the samples and save money by bringing the clay home with you. Unfortunately the store is full of tools and toys too so this could eat up your freight savings. : - )

#92864 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Chris Campbell on 18 September 2015 - 09:28 PM

As a lifetime tea drinker I have to mention that all that work on making those holes to catch tea leaves is of questionable value ...
Well, unless you are having your fortune told. : - )
... the smaller leaves come through to the cup anyhow .... except when you are trying to rinse the pot clean ... then they stick in the holes like magnets.
Also, we don't all drink the full leaf teas that would actually get caught ... there are many smaller cut tea leaves that will zip right past your efforts,
Also, I prefer to get rid of the leaves once my tea has steeped correctly ... Those bits that stay behind keep brewing to a bitter taste.

#92642 Qotw: How Far Would You Travel For A Show/a Workshop/an Exhibition?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 September 2015 - 07:09 PM

I have made it to most of my group shows ... I would have loved to attend all, but sometimes life just gets in your face.

I have never had a solo show ... Now that I would go anywhere for!
As to shows I just want to see ... about 6 hours driving ... I've travelled to shows around my state, Virginia, Tennessee and D.C.
NCECA ... I've gone all over the USA for.

#92630 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 September 2015 - 04:14 PM

Here is an image of my current favorite 'Bilbro' teapot which I think was meant to be a coffee pot ... But it holds exactly two mugs of tea so in my house, it's a teapot.

Beside it is the most wonderful invention for loose tea drinkers ... A mesh basket that fits into a wide range of teapots ... just make your opening between 2 1/4 inches and 3 ... then you don't have to worry about all that spout/holes stuff. Stock some to sell with the pots.

Now the reason I don't use teapots with overhead handles is you cannot get these in or out. Also, if they have not made the lid with a good handle, it's a pain to get it off for filling and emptying/rinsing.

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#92583 Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 September 2015 - 09:53 PM

... Yes, as I sit hit looking at my room temperature refridgerator, I realize I should have made a fridge goddess too ....

#92560 Production Schedules 101

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 September 2015 - 03:22 PM

chris, the workshop i attended over the weekend was very good.   the presenter was explaining her schedule and that she works to a specific timetable for soft leather hard, leather hard, etc.  i asked if life ever interrupts her and she said she does not allow anything to interrupt her studio time.
aaaahhh, youth.

That is hilarious!
I cannot even imagine making a statement like that ... Seems too much like poking Fate in the eye and daring it to do something.

#92419 Inexpensive Label Source

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 September 2015 - 09:51 AM

This topic has me thinking ... I only shop in malls about once a year at Christmas time and one big thing I notice is the retailer always wants to put your 'already purchased elsewhere ' stuff in their bag ... Even if you have three smaller bags they will pull out their largest so they can get top billing ( so to speak ). They want other shoppers to see their walking advertisement and head for their store.
So ... Opinions please ...
Wouldn't this same psychology work at Craft Fairs? Wouldn't you want your name big and bold on your bags? Granted, if you are already selling like crazy this won't make a difference, but I tend to think a distinctive bag would pay back the investment.

#92304 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 September 2015 - 09:45 AM

WooHoo .... Could not resist taking a peek in the kiln this morning ... will not have time to unload it today but the top shelf looks promising... at least the odds of a nightmare waiting on shelves below are slightly lower than I feared.

By the way ... Those chunky bits the fish are on are the exploded chunks of the big original piece that started this whole adventure.

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#92272 Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 September 2015 - 07:04 PM

My kiln Goddess has been my partner in crime since 1991 ... We have been thru a lot together ... No promises from her .... No caution from me ....

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