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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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#66189 Mason Stains As A Wash

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 10:09 AM

Under glazes also work well for this.

#66035 Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 September 2014 - 07:42 PM

I am constantly in the "let's see what happens" mode ... currently firing a whole load of porcelain in that mode right now.

Do not intend to ever stay on that straight and narrow 'proven' path.


I stay away from dangerous ingredients and combinations ... I know enough to do that ... but if it is just a case of trying something new ... I'm in.

Every once in a while it comes together beautifully and you've made a beautiful work of Art.

#66022 Co-Op

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 September 2014 - 06:03 PM

I guess the killer for me would be the pain of attending one meeting per month!
Even imagining the agenda and ensuing discussions makes my brain hurt.

#65883 Have You Ever Done A Crazy Experiment Just To See What Happens?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 September 2014 - 07:45 PM

That is why so many potters are centenarians!

Because they enjoy it so much, or because they are still proving to everyone that it wasn't a crazy decision?
And I really don't recall the smell of the burning pumpkin.  I'd like to say that it smelled like pumpkin pie, but that probably wasn't the case.  I was also doing some traditional (Well, Western "Traditional") Raku in reduction with newspaper.  So I mostly smelled that.  The one I did last Fall, I tried drying the pumpkin a bit, after cleaning it out.  This year, I will do no clean at all.  I will leave all the strands, seeds and general "guts".

It would be so cool if there was a pumpkin face too so the smoke and flames would shoot out! Talk about doing dumb stuff, eh?

#65773 Is A Tie-Dye Effect Possible?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 07 September 2014 - 07:35 PM

What shape is your finished piece going to be?
For a flat surface I would tie dye a cloth using underglaze colors, then simply lay it on the piece and use a roller to smooth the colors onto the surface. Fire low, apply clear glaze and re fire.

#65262 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 August 2014 - 10:04 PM

You deserve some type of award ayjay ... amazing determination to have A STUDIO ... Bravo!
Where/how do you dry your pots? How far away is your kiln?

#65121 Irregular Bowls

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 August 2014 - 12:43 PM

Good question Pres ...

I have seen many potters try to 'do' Ron Meyers.
He throws about as loosie goosie as it gets and should be simple, right?
Ron does simple, single confident gestures that come from a lifetime of throwing pots ... It's muscle memory.
The works are expressions of him, not an adopted style.

Tight throwing potters want to totally control the looseness too ... Doesn't work.
As Popeye says ... I yam what I yam!

#64898 Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 August 2014 - 10:09 AM

I donate money to my favorite charities.

I rarely donate pots because there is no upside to it.
I have never gotten 'exposure', follow up business or even thank you notes.
Charity auctions have degenerated to anonymous bargain shopping events.

When I do donate it is for a friend or for pottery fund raising.

#64492 Another Sales Technique ... Maybe?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 August 2014 - 10:16 AM

I just read this in a book ....don't know if it works but it sounds good.

Whenever a client asks about a piece, you find some way to get it and hold it ... Don't pass it back to them. According to the book, this increases their need to have it because they think you don't want to let it go.

Somebody's gotta try this and see!

#64369 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 August 2014 - 08:28 PM

Well Benzine, I've yet to see an image of him working!
He must be part of "management" now ... Supervisor material for sure.

#64186 Tenmoku Leaf Bowl Question

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 August 2014 - 11:02 PM

When using fresh leaves there is always a problem as they dry ... they either shrink or lift off the surface or you have to push them too hard etc.


One way to avoid this problem is to soak the green leaves in a bleach/water mixture. This dissolves the green of the leaf leaving only the skeleton and veins. They are much more pliable and can be easily soaked in other colorants and glazes. The pattern stays as delicate as the one on the pot you like.


Each type of leaf demands a different time in solution ... thin, soft leaves dissolve much faster than thicker, tougher ones ... so just stay near the mix and get ready to rinse them off for use. You can keep them on a damp towel until ready to use. The one in the image looks like it ripped a bit, but even that helps the pattern.

#63998 Poppies In London

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

What do you all think of that amazing installation of ... CERAMIC ... hand made by humans ... Poppies around the Tower of London?


Isn't it wonderful that potters making them are the center of attention.


#63878 If You Could Have Only One Piece Of Art On Display In Your Home What Piece Wo...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

Easy question ... The "Winged Victory/ Nike at Samothrace" from the Louvre Museum in Paris.


Now granted, it would be a bit difficult to obtain and even harder to pack and ship ... and I would have to add on a room to the house ...

but it would be worth it.

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#63789 Is Kiln Wash Necessary?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 August 2014 - 08:26 PM

Kiln wash is not necessary until the unexpected happens!
If you are of the personality to be super careful and use stilts and cookies then you can forget kiln wash.
BUT ... If you are going to push limits and test glazes then you should use it.
I use it because my best intentions tend to go south when I am harried and busy.

#63787 Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

>made from certified non-toxic clay rather than hand dug clay and dirt.

What on earth is non toxic clay??
My state, North Carolina, is about 98% clay but I have never heard this term.