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Chris Campbell

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#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 ....
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#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?

#81445 Potters Council In Ireland!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 May 2015 - 07:10 PM

Hi Forrest

I am on the trip and REALLY looking forward to it. The chance to work in studio with those potters was too tempting to resist. My hubby will be there too as a non potter.
We are planning on arriving a day early to get ahead of the jet lag.

#81394 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 May 2015 - 09:59 AM

Welcome islandawg ... Sounds like you have years of work and FUN ahead!

#81314 How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 May 2015 - 04:43 PM

I think exclusivity kind of fizzled out with the Internet. At first Artists were heavily warned by galleries not to sell online ... even threatening to drop them if they did ... then within a few years they were selling online too, competing with their own artists.
Exclusivity is still alive in the Capital "A" Art market because you need a gallery to represent you in the high $$$ price range. The trade off being that they DO represent you, they make it a point to know your story and take care of your work.

#81166 When Do You Keep Your Own Stuff?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 May 2015 - 05:15 PM

That is a good point SD ...
Dwight Holland is a NC pottery collector and one of the most important aspects of his collection is that he bought many pots from the same potters over the span of their careers ... 30-40-50 years ... so an Art historian can clearly trace the development of their work. He had a good sense of the importance of supporting struggling potters by buying their wares. The entire collection is going to be at East Carolina University for the pottery students to touch ... Yes, that is his one rule ... All the work is to be handled as he believes feel is a better learning tool than pictures.

#81077 When Do You Keep Your Own Stuff?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 May 2015 - 09:45 AM

I keep some pieces I really like until I am ready to sell them. It may be a month and then again it could be years. You just need time to absorb whatever lesson it is trying to give you. I have several pieces in what I like to refer to as my Private Collection. They are for sale but not at the regular price.
Once I gave a piece I really liked to a friend who said they loved it .... only to find out they gave it away to someone else within the week. I never would have let it go if I had known.

#81036 How Common Are Exclusivity Clauses? (Long)

Posted by Chris Campbell on 07 May 2015 - 08:37 PM

Sounds like you are being treated like pawns in their bigger battle ... and we wonder why nations cannot get along! :( :unsure:

#81008 Hesselberth Firing Schedule

Posted by Chris Campbell on 07 May 2015 - 09:44 AM

Sorry to say, they're pretty ugly and rough in person.

The 'rough' part of this comment makes me think the load was under fired ... Did you have witness cones?

#80901 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 May 2015 - 09:49 AM

I don't get discouraged by failures in my work since for me, it is often the fastest route to eventual success.

Equipment failures and bad days when everything goes wrong are more annoying than discouraging.

Pain , well that is a good reason to stop and rest a while.


I get discouraged most often by images in magazines or show announcements ... for two reasons.

One ... the work is so fabulous that I wonder if I will ever make anything that great.

Two ... the work is so lacking in craftsmanship, talent and design that I wonder why I bother if this is what people want.


Solution in both cases is to get back in the studio and make something.

#80900 Hesselberth Firing Schedule

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 May 2015 - 09:40 AM

I really, really love the look of the matte glazes ... some potters spend years trying to get that look!


I think the Ron/John books states that glazes do change color and texture with a change in the firing profile. I would say you have to experiment and see what happens.

#80431 Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 April 2015 - 10:28 AM

If I were making functional wares today, my 'style' would address how people live and work today and try to make pottery for them ... not for the last century.
People eat trying to balance a laptop and food ... they eat at desks with food placed whever they can find a spot ... people walk around as they eat ... they carry food out to cars to eat as they drive. They need smaller square plates, bottom heavy mugs that don't tip over, dishes with handles or rounded lips that don't spill easily. It is good to use your own pottery every day to see how it works.

#80129 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 April 2015 - 04:09 PM

Final Entry

"Tornado Watch" bowls

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#80092 Selling To A Business

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 April 2015 - 09:15 PM

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