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Chris Campbell

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#101546 What To Do With All My Early Pieces?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 February 2016 - 12:27 PM

#One perfect solution is to stop firing everything ... Do some serious editing before you bisque fire pots because nothing that happens after is going to make an iffy pot better.
#Two is hammer & goggles ... Let your stressed out friends have a go at it too. Share the fun. Share the shards with gardening friends .. Shards spread around a flower bed will discourage small animals from getting close and munching plants.
#Three ... Build a wall with them
#Four ... Toss them out.

#101483 Is There Anywhere To Sell Extra Ceramic?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 February 2016 - 07:04 PM

1,000 mugs ... Do you own your home? You could turn them into the coolest yard feature ever ... A long wall or garden edging.

#101417 On The Topic Of "soul" ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 February 2016 - 08:04 PM

So when does soul come into a potters work?
Beginners work is a battle between clay and person ... a fight to master a process. Not much soul expressed at that stage.
So, put a some hard earned miles on the wheel and personality begins to emerge ... The potter learns to let the clay win some of the battles.
But when does work come to life?
Is it time? Is it within every potter just waiting?
When does clay come alive for you? Throwing? Trimming? Glazing? Firing?
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#101321 To Me

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 February 2016 - 10:37 AM

As I drink from a joyful, beautifully designed, well executed and perfectly fired blue mug ... I totally disagree.
YOU are in charge of the work you create.

I believe Andy is appealing to the idea that true creativity comes from a kind of disciplined mental quiet and to achieve such quiet comes after a great deal of work--not all of which is great.. According to that kind of doctrine, you can not be intuitively creative (and therefore authentically expressive) if you have anxieties about whether or not your piece is going to work out. It comes from confidence, and the ability to make your work an immediate extension of your will. That's a long, frustrating road.
I should let AndyL speak for himself, but that's what I took from the sentiments he's expressed here.

Well, I guess I get tired of potters bashing blue ... Equating using blue to selling out, selling your soul.

Personally I like BLUE. Anyone who has tried perfecting a wonderful blue glaze knows it is difficult.
Working with cobalt is no picnic either. Don't even start with blue on white if you want an easy life.
Blue is a beautiful color that causes happiness ... probably why people buy it.

#101233 To Me

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 February 2016 - 12:08 PM

As I drink from a joyful, beautifully designed, well executed and perfectly fired blue mug ... I totally disagree.
YOU are in charge of the work you create.

#101142 Bowl Decorations... Inside Or Outside Of Bowl?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 February 2016 - 02:39 PM

With small bowls I always appreciate texture and carving more than images ... I like the feel of carving when I am handling bowls. You are right about images, they do get lost on the outside.

On the inside, I am not a huge fan of white but I do enjoy something interesting to look at as I empty the bowl. One I own has a single fish on the bottom. Others have color patterns.

The problem with doing too much decorative work on small bowls is that you cannot capture the time $$$ back in the sales price ... but that is the business side of me talking!

#100886 Mixing Mason Stains Into Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 29 January 2016 - 11:01 AM

There is no staining on hands ... It's just messy gooey clay under nails and caked on.
There are only a few colors that permanently stain fabric.
I work on canvas and old bedsheet fabric ... I have had these same cloths for fifteen years and they look fine after regular laundering.
p.s. I have no idea what the difference is between kneading and wedging clay ... I believe I knead mine but who knows??

#100848 Mixing Mason Stains Into Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 January 2016 - 02:11 PM

Andrea -

Mason stains work very well with every clay body I have ever mixed them into. The higher you fire them, the darker they become.
Go to the Mason website to see the color options ... the body recommendations are guaranteed to work in clay bodies but you will find a lot of them work quite well.
Buy small amounts and test them in your clay to see what happens.
Have fun!

Chris, do you wear nitrile/latex gloves when you are kneading the stains into the clay?

Yes, I do.
Mostly because it is such a messy job ... easier to throw away gloves rather than spend time cleaning up.
I use liquid bandage to cover any small open cuts I might have on my hands.
At this time there are no known safety issues other than breathing in the stain as dust.
I definitely use gloves with encapsulated stains ... But that is from caution on my side.

#100673 Sharing Recipes

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 January 2016 - 05:38 PM

just a note to those of you real chemists who know all the technical reasons for why a certain ingredient does what it does in a certain glaze.  those of us who only mix glazes so we can get a particular color and shine and transparency really do not care about the technical reason, just give us a recipe so we can cover out pots in things that are pretty.  if it doesn't work on our clay, in our kiln at our favorite temperature, we will just look for another one.  we appreciate you and your efforts to try to convert us to chemists but would rather just have the recipe, please. :)

we are part of a cult and just want you to try the kool aid  

I am terrible at chemistry but I can relate it to cooking ... I can replicate a great yellow cake recipe but a chef would be bold enough to add sour cream, more eggs, some chocolate ... and make it a totally magical experience.

#100186 Cooking Pizza In A Pottery Kiln, Toxicity ?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 January 2016 - 08:04 PM

Well, other than WHY do this in such a difficult way ...
Lowering a shelf with a pizza on it into a hot kiln with heat blasting in your face ...
Waiting and lifting hot motzerella out of a hot kiln with heat blasting in your face ....

.... Is the answer to WHY? ... Because it's there?

#100147 Advice: Working With Porcelain Slip

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 January 2016 - 11:23 AM

I would use any handy clay to make about ten to twelve different flat feathers with the detail and texture on each side.
* Note - make them at least 15% - 20% bigger than the size you want your final product and exaggerate the details.
I would let these dry then bisque fire them.

When dry I would begin to make molds of both sides of them with plaster ... Just line them up and make a long mold of one side, then the other side.
Take one of these molds and make a negative mold of it.
*Note - you need to be very precise with these molds so the two finished molds line up perfectly.

So now you have a positive and a negative to press thin clay between to get your feathers.
As you remove the feathers, you can bend or twist them to make each one unique.

#99969 Breaking In For A New Artist, What Now?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 January 2016 - 01:45 PM

What's next is that you will have to learn to deal with and sell to the world outside your pottery studio. The world of marketing and sales ... shows and Galleries.
Pop into the business area of this forum ... There are several conversations going on there right now that will guide you very well.
Best of luck!

#99830 Design Trends 2016

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 January 2016 - 09:39 PM

Don't see why those opinions would get you flamed on this forum ... but I would put on the protective gear on a photo forum! There are a few million photographers who would disagree.

#99829 Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 January 2016 - 09:35 PM

I love making urns, I ran a dog rescue for ten years, and I feel like dog and cat urns are a calling. I'll take a look at some places that sell them. Thanks,

Sounds like a perfect fit ... Instead of eating pet food, beloved pets could be providing a good living. There are a lot of sites for you to search for the price ranges before you set yours. Do your research before you contact them so you don't undersell yourself.

#99785 Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 January 2016 - 03:19 PM

I know I asked this before, but I can't find it because it's an older thread. For a show of, say, 5000, what quantity would you bring of the items you make in particular? I generally make urns (which I don't think I'd make a lot of for shows, as they are usually bought when an animal dies,) mugs, bowls, bird feeders, spoon rests, bird houses, etc. 

Oh gosh ... You should have mentioned pet urns!
There is a very large market for pet urns ... Google "pet urns" and contact the companies to find out how they accept new work. You might get a good little business going from the comfort of your home especially if you are willing to do custom work ... e.g. Pets name, stamped image etc. A lot of people spend more to bury their pets than their relatives.
If you are not squeamish about mixing pet ashes into your clay, there is also a market for that type of customizing. ( No, not all the ashes ... just a teaspoon or so.)