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Chris Campbell

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#71924 Quick Consignment Deal - Need Confirmation :)

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 December 2014 - 05:07 PM

You got the t-shirt too Mark!

Dumb things I have done definitely stemmed from what I call the "Just Happy To Be Here" syndrome.
An offshoot of the Sally Fields " you like me, you really, really like me!" virus.
One step below " they must know what they are doing since they like my work."

Unfortunately that is how I learned a few costly lessons. : > )

#71911 Quick Consignment Deal - Need Confirmation :)

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 December 2014 - 11:28 AM

Yes he has done this before. He leases a large shopping center in door county (trendy touristy shopping area) the 250 was the outright lease fee and there was no commission if I had staff to man my area (but I don't) it would be low profit before I sold the 800- the 800 was the minim set for before he is allowed to take commission for sales. He has named a fee people who lease space from him. Since it is a major mall for the busiest time of Christmas shopping I was thinking or might be worth the risk. It was a location that was used by cold water creek. (Major shopping store) i have enough inventory that would otherwise sit at home.

It sounds like you want to do it so go ahead and however it turns out you will have learned something, gained something.


The math does not make sense to me ... I would not pay $250 for this space 10 days before Christmas.

I would take that $250 and buy something for myself ... some pottery item I usually might not splurge on.

#71880 A Big Decision...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 December 2014 - 06:25 PM

I just went on the Internet and looked at the Gallery ... which I hope others did before they replied ... And I gotta say this as loud as I can.

Up your game and go for it!!!
A gallery like this WANTS your work and you are worrying about sales on etsy??? What are you thinking?

It might be scary but this could be your start, the dream you have been wanting and afraid of.
Do as she says and get your work on those walls!!
Do it!

#71667 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 December 2014 - 10:44 AM

This year I finally started paring down my glaze palette.  Now I only used 35.  Just kidding, I don't know how many I use but I feel like I'm finally passing the experimentation phase and have a few combinations which I use over an over.  That definitely adds a more cohesive look to my work,  I also figured out that I can use paper resist to get more patterns done quicker in addition to my carving.

I went to your gallery to see your work and I think paring down your glaze palette is a good move. Your forms are lovely and your design sense is strong so you really can afford to let that take center stage without hiding them behind a glaze. Great work!

#71625 Production Potter Productivity

Posted by Chris Campbell on 10 December 2014 - 06:11 PM

If I were in your position I would pay someone with experience to come into your facility for a real time consult. It would be money well spent, and deductible. You are at a distinct disadvantage since you are not a pro yourself.
When I did production it took a while to refine the process to the least amount of steps, the fewest touches of the clay to get the highest percentage of successful work. You lose every time someone has to touch the clay.

#71547 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 December 2014 - 06:30 PM

I think my greatest leap was learning to communicate with people on this forum. You all have been a huge help to me in figuring out how to throw better and do many other things correctly. I have been in clay less than a year and I am addicted to getting better. 
So a big thank you all for the wonderful feedback and critiques you have gave me along with the epic information the super friendly people on this forum provide. Because of your help, I think I will be in clay for the rest of my life.

So good to hear this .... It is 100% the reason why this forum was created ... Woohoo!!

#71178 Adding Color To Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 December 2014 - 03:22 PM

Mason Best Black stain should work well ... Try some tests using around 5 - 6% stain by weight.

Black underglaze is not concentrated enough and has other ingredients you don't need for coloring clay.

#71161 How Do You Develop You Own Aesthetic?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 December 2014 - 10:58 AM

For grype and any other new potters ....

if you are less than a year into this you should be expanding not contracting. Try everything. Focus on what you love and go full tilt. Don't even think about pleasing a customer yet. You won't ever find your voice if you try to please everyone else because that is an impossible task. If you are concerned about your house filling up with "stuff" then only fire your best work.
Give yourself the gift of four years in home based university where you get to explore and learn.

#71120 How Do You Develop You Own Aesthetic?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 December 2014 - 06:23 PM

> Having your own aesthetic would be like having your own alphabet -- no one could understand you.

I'm not as well versed in this as you are, but don't all great artists essentially create their 'own alphabet' that few people understand until later? Not that I am in any way grouping myself among them ... But didn't Dali, Picasso ... Banski for a current example ... do just that? Change the alphabet?

I agree that you have to learn the rules before you can break them but I'm curious to hear your thoughts re: what is the difference between someone whose aim is to follow the rules vs. someone who sets out to break them?

#71112 How To Paint A Commercial Tile And Refire For Durability

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 December 2014 - 04:28 PM

Here is a u tube video of Paul Lewing painting on tile. He has published an excellent book on China painting that your wife might enjoy for Christmas. : > )


#70898 Critique - Worst You've Heard

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 November 2014 - 11:49 AM

"I don't get it."
I have been many places looking at Art of many varieties thinking this. While I enjoy Art that asks more questions than it answers, I wonder about work that I can't even get an inkling of an idea about. Often I will resort to looking at it technically to see if the artist has skills ... then I will try to get some distance ... sometimes you get to meet the artist and the pieces fall into place ... but mostly I am left wondering what I missed.

#70865 Critique - Worst You've Heard

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 November 2014 - 10:42 PM

So Tyler, has your Latin done you any more good than mine did for me? It definitely helps with definitions, spelling and crossword puzzles!

As to aesthetics being a matter of opinion ... of course you could say that.

But, there are many people who have taken years of their lives to educate themselves and their 'eye' and so have a depth of knowledge to base their opinions on. They have put in the time, know more than I ever will about surface, form, aesthetics and design. They've seen thousands of pots from all ages of human kind and know what makes a good one. Whether they are nice or not about the way they tell you is another matter. : - )
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#70851 Critique - Worst You've Heard

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 November 2014 - 05:39 PM

The constructive aspect is in the hands of the student.


Well said Steve ... the most important aspect of any critique is what you do after it.


If I got a critique of "Got anything else?" from a person whose opinion I respected ... I would make darn sure the next time they came around I had something else.


Since I spent most of my pottery career selling,  my critiques came from whether or not I got on/stayed on the shelves of a particular gallery or how much I had to pack up to take home after a show!

#70795 Overcoming Insecurity

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 November 2014 - 04:20 PM

Re: critiques ...

An honest critique by a person with an educated eye might set you back a day or two with hurt feelings but a "nice" critique, given so as not to challenge or offend, can set your work back by years. I would rather get the first type myself since I cannot afford the second.

#70775 To Sell Or Not To Sell? That Is The Question

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 November 2014 - 11:35 AM

Here's my story about 'kiln gems' ....

For ten years I had a home show and at first I would never put out my 'gems' ... I really liked them and was weirdly reluctant to sell them to just anyone. But then my business side took over and they were put out with all the rest ... and they seldom sold. None of my customers could see the 'gem-ness' of them. It was only me that saw any extra value.
Then a few years later I realized I liked them because they were different from my average work and my customers did not like them for the same reason. Some people would ask me what my favorite was and look very perplexed when I would show them.