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Chris Campbell

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#56623 The Dangers Of Advice Without Experience

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 April 2014 - 04:15 PM

I read a survey recently that found people today do not see any difference between an opinion and truth.

So the most common or loudest opinion trumps truth every time.

Not much progress since Galileo.


Now, talk to me about people who take every wiki entry as truth and those whose hobby it is to

mess with it to see how long it takes to be corrected.

#56596 How Are You Managing Your Web Resources?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 April 2014 - 08:11 AM

Here is a facebook posting of an image that was presented during the "Using Social Media" session. It explains in simple terms what every site is for.


As I commented on facebook, there is NOTHING here about "Look at the sales I made and the money I received from using all these social media sites."


With me, the jury is still out on the usefulness of spending valuable studio time in the short attention span theater.

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#55997 How Are You Managing Your Web Resources?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 April 2014 - 12:04 PM

You are laid up anyhow ... so build a simple informational website. It is one place on the Internet where you totally control the message. Limit it to images in a gallery, information about you and your work and a list of places where they can go an buy it.

Don't want sales? Refer them to your sales sites. Don't want phone calls? Don't list your phone number. You can have an all purpose answer to e-mails on your desktop that you can just cut and paste into a reply. You are the boss of it. :D

#55911 Mystery Chemicals

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 April 2014 - 08:05 PM

What are the odds that this is going to end well?

#55758 Contaminated

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 March 2014 - 11:24 AM

You are all making my case for what an expensive nuisance reclaiming clay can be! ;)

Clay is the all time cheapest item in your studio ... give the used stuff back to Mother Earth.

#55755 Time To Set Your Goals For 2014!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 March 2014 - 11:11 AM

Hmmmm .... Ist Quarter Report Card?? ..... tricky move there Paul.


Is there any way to call failing spectacularly in my exploration of layered forms 'forward progress'?

How about being totally distracted by the possibility of developing a Cone 04 Porcelain?

Yes, Cone 04 and translucent ... saw it and touched it at NCECA and might be headed down that rabbit hole.

Tried luring Marcia down it too for her pit firings, but she is resisting.


I would grade that semester as an "A" but from the outside it might look like an "F".


Also, as a side note to those who are trying to develop the ability to say "NO" ...

I would like to mention that the most effective way to do this is to just say "Sorry, no" and never give an explanation.

Explanations lead to discussions as to why your excuse cannot be overcome. More time wasted.

#55471 Pulling A "fancy" Handle

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

You are gonna hate this ... make/pull handles until you get one you like, then do a dozen more, then a dozen more ....

handles are one of the most critical items on any form, so you just have to keep practicing until muscle memory takes over.

Getting to the simplest is the hardest.

#55415 Artists Research Project - Help Needed

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 March 2014 - 07:28 PM

I am very uncomfortable with asking forum Members to reply to this survey posted by an anonymous person who has only been here less than a day. If this person is so proud of their work let them give us a name, a place .... Anything.

#55182 Expectation And Appearance

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

The customer is always right, but often wrong.

People comment that I don't look like a potter ... what should I change to fit their vision?
I'm already wearing jeans and a t shirt ... Maybe it's the shoes?

#55030 Nceca

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 March 2014 - 09:40 PM

NCECA today ... Took the bus tour to Kohler and their Art museum ... Some really amazing work there. This army of monkeys was very moving and inspiring ... no it's not a take off on the terra cotta army from China as you might at first think. More of a comment on his own family experiences.
Second image is some very cool porcelain work.
Potters Council Reception was very well attended, lots of fun and they promise to do it again next year.

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#54738 Casual Workshop Questions

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 March 2014 - 02:09 PM

Sounds like you have a full schedule. People love to watch throwing ... if you explain what you are doing as you throw it will go over well. You could also touch on carving and impressing surface textures. Hope you have fun!

#54590 Spoonrests or Top Ramen

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 March 2014 - 06:06 PM

... not big tea drinkers ...

Except in the South, if you can even call that tea. It seems to be 50% tea 50% sugar.

Down here there's "tea" and "unsweet tea" ... That 50% sugar might be the unsweet. : - )

#54465 Artist Statement

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 March 2014 - 09:50 PM

"Respectfully, I would like to assert a clear distinction between "verbally obtuse garbage," "jargon," (whatever we're calling it) and skillful use of language. You'll take note that the Pitelka quote observes this rather well. Perhaps I am projecting (likely not), but I detect a disdain for "intelligent writing," ironically enough next to pleas for originality amongst a group participating in a rather archaic practice...."

I have absolutely no problem with skillful use of language or intelligent writing. Being a writer myself, I appreciate those who can distil their thoughts into a well written piece. I love a statement that informs rather than tries to impress ... A statement that let's me into your world for a few moments.

But, I also recognize obtuse verbal jargon when I read it.

A well written set of statements is very hard work that is never quite finished. The temptation to hide behind trusty phrases and vague illusions is hard to resist for all of us ... I include myself here too. I read some statements and am totally in awe of how wonderfully well they are done. It's difficult to get out of your own way and write.

#54391 Gradient Slip Decoration

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 March 2014 - 01:33 PM

I would do this using the Skinner Blend technique. If you Google it you will see thousands of 'How To' for polymer clays, but I have found the technique easily translates to our earthen clays by using either rolling pins or your slab roller.


In the images below I have made a sheet of gradient color, sliced it into as many shaded strips as I needed. You can just let these strips dry then add water to make as many shades of the same color as you need. That way all of your slips are the same consistency and they will all fade beautifully into each other as you go.


This is a fabulous technique for any kind of slip decoration ... why be boring with one shade when you can easily do two or three with the same brush stroke! :D

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#54289 Other Venues

Posted by Chris Campbell on 10 March 2014 - 04:08 PM

If the booth price is high it might be better to just visit the show this year to gauge your fit. The market is so saturated with imported garden pottery selling for low prices ... all you need is for them to be in the booth right next to you. I would check out the show before I spent the booth fee ... Even if you just ask them for a list of other pottery vendors so you can judge for yourself.