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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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#91767 Can I Tumblestack Underglaze Greenware For The Bisque Fire?

Posted by Chris Campbell on Today, 02:19 PM

I agree that you should watch out for blue fuming ... But wonder if you should also be careful of thickly applied areas not touching. If your students are not experienced they may have been overly generous with application in some areas.

#90547 Bisque Blowouts

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 August 2015 - 08:03 PM

To solve this I think you are going to have to do it in at least two steps.

One is to offer to pay for one kiln load that you would fire according to your preferences.
If the items blow up or disintegrate with you doing the firings ... then go to your clay to look for answers.

Trying to change both at once is just going to confuse things and string out the whole process.

#90449 Sheet Pan Racks For Drying?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 August 2015 - 10:08 AM

Check out used restaurant supply places before you buy new ... I got mine very cheap that way.

#90446 Painting Underglazes On Bisque With Brushes

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 August 2015 - 10:02 AM

>I don't think wetting the bisque is a good idea. dampen it maybe.

What Marcia says is generally true, but I knew a lady who was a water color artist/potter ... She soaked her bisque for an hour before working ... When brushed on, the underglaze acted with the speed and characteristics of water colors ... the work was lovely. She said the bonus was that if she did not like it she could just rinse and start over.

#90297 Making Pottery Or Metalsmithing

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 August 2015 - 12:56 PM

Why not make your jewelry with clay beads or clay accent pieces? Colored porcelain is great for this. Then you could also make the ring/jewelry holders out of the same colors.

#90206 Going Price Of Mugs

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 August 2015 - 09:47 AM

Gisele wrote ...

>I have a studio tour in October that is two weekends here on my home turf. I plan to have lots of demonstrations so they can understand exactly what is going into each and every item.

I would suggest that you don't do demos.
People do what they expect to do ... so if they come to watch demos, that is exactly what they will do. Probably also leave the cash and cards in the car. Just like being at a 'Music & Crafts' festival ... They came for the music, not to buy crafts.

Part two of course is that people don't care how hard it is or how long it took you. That part is your problem, not theirs. They buy because they like the product not because you worked so hard.

Be there ready to talk, smile and sell. Engage, smile, tell your story as often as necessary so people fall in love with the "Why" not the "How". Have a friend there to wrap ... make sure people can pay quickly and get out when they are ready.

#90134 The Arts Festival Plan

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 August 2015 - 10:12 AM

PLEASE do post notices of them as they are excellent ... I really appreciate your efforts ... not just the work of writing of them .... but your willingness to honestly share your true statistics and experiences. Though potters at shows are willing to share, they only share up to a point ... So I thank you for crossing that point.

Potters, newbies and veterans, are hungry for basic common sense marketing/business info. They don't want you to scare them with stuff like business plans and bank loans, but I know from personal experience they do want to know the simple steps every small business owner should consider.

#90043 The Arts Festival Plan

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 August 2015 - 11:54 AM

Mea ..l hope you don't mind me posting this link as it is a MUST READ for anyone trying to survive in the Arts & Crafts Festival world. Great advice and observations as always.


#89985 Am I The Only One Who Has Spent Hours Trying To Log/ Sign In?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 August 2015 - 03:38 PM

I only look in on Clayart about once a year so I did not know they had finally moved on to a forum concept. Perhaps the atmosphere will change too ... I hope so.

#89822 Throwing Thickness

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 July 2015 - 09:45 AM

How lovely of your friend to bring such a charming guest along ... I'm surprised she had time to visit as her schedule for attending craft fairs and ruining artists' days must be full.

#89706 The Holy Grail—A ^10 Clear Gloss Glaze Compatible With Amaco Velvet Underglazes?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 July 2015 - 01:00 PM

In my experience with color and clear glazes, the ingredient to avoid is Gerstley Borate. It definitely affects color results. It turns greens to brown and darkens or shifts many others.

#89705 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 July 2015 - 12:53 PM

This is doable ... Use a low firing temp clear glaze ... Say 05 ... Coat the whole bottom and fire upside down using stilts on the outside rim of the plate. The higher firing glaze should not melt much so you could lightly sand any resulting blips.

#89692 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 July 2015 - 10:27 AM

I meant that you leave the surface that comes in contact with your shelf unglazed ... the rest you glaze.

#89652 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 July 2015 - 06:47 PM

Often times you fire twice ... Once all the way to high temp with matching glaze on the food surface ... then the second time at a lower temp with a low fire temp glaze on the back. You leave the center of the bottom unglazed and since the temp is lower ... Say 05 ... you don't need any support for the work.

#89621 Qotw: Are We Copycats?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 July 2015 - 10:03 AM

I was once writing an article on craft shows and had some artists totally freak out when I approached with a camera ... even when I explained what I was doing ... they did not want any images taken. This seemed weird to me as any images of their work would have shown up in a pretty good craft magazine ... and quite frankly, the work was not even close to being original designs that anyone would need to steal. Totally misplaced paranoia. They did not know enough about the history of pottery to know what they were doing themselves was 'copying' someone else's style or work.


Now, I can see it in a wholesale type venue where known copiers are roaming the aisles looking specifically for work to rip off. I think these shows ban cameras (?) but still some are looking for what is selling and trying to shoot in secret with high tech type cameras that can send an image good enough to copy for production. BUT ... that said, anyone looking to rip you off is going to find a dozen ways to do it including just buying one and copying it (as has been done).


The only way to beat copy cats is to move on and leave them behind. Unfortunately we mostly do not have enough money to fight them in court and few resources to draw on in the battle. I believe The Rosen Group has successfully sued a manufacturer for one of their wholesale artists but I personally don't know of many others who have taken up this fight.

Anyone know if there is a resource for this??