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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Dec 01 2016 09:24 PM

#117647 I'm Trying Not To Be Angry But

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 December 2016 - 09:24 PM

That is just totally weird ... I just hope you get your entry money back if nothing else. I wonder what the people who show up on Saturday expecting a craft show will do?

#117023 Do Pyrometric Cones Expire?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 23 November 2016 - 10:25 PM

Glad to hear that Mark .., I have some that are decades old and for the life of me I cannot figure out why I thought I needed those temps?? Have never even opened the boxes. Do we just go slightly mad in pottery stores??

#116823 Best Bagged Clay For Throwing...currently Use Amaco 38

Posted by Chris Campbell on 21 November 2016 - 11:34 AM

It would help to work out with some weights and build up the strength in your arms, I would get some professional instruction.   Denice

Are you being a knuckle head or are you serious?  My strength is fine.

Of course she is being serious, kind and helpful.
Many potters find that building upper body strength helps them throw with better control and to throw larger. People who make throwing look easy are using focused muscle memory.

#116288 So Close ... But Not ...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 November 2016 - 12:41 PM

Nope ... it was too short!!! ... and if I refired higher I would have lost the perfect 8.9.

I had put alumina hydrate under them and they are flat as a pancake.

soooooo close.

#115645 Best Approach To Obtain Solid Blocks

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 November 2016 - 09:08 AM

I might be wrong, but I don't think the example piece is solid. It looks like it was build from firm slabs.

#115133 I Have A Dilemma

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 October 2016 - 10:28 AM

My favorite idea was to turn the payment into a Gift Certificate to be used when she is ready.
This absolves you of keeping the plates, puts you in the 'good person' seat and you can just go on as usual.
She may be having a really bad time personally and you are definitely not a priority ... so choose to believe the best.


** edit

.... after thinking a bit more, I go more towards putting her plates under the bed and waiting for her to pick them up.

Quite simply ... they are paid for and thus are hers ... of course, they could be a rotating set.

#115130 Underglaze & Bisquing

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 October 2016 - 10:15 AM

It is wise to bisque again to reduce the possibility of the wet glaze making the underglaze run ... however, you can often get away without doing this ... the basic rule is ... if you really, really like or need the piece, it will run.Good luck!

#114922 Epic Fail Making Slabs

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 October 2016 - 07:18 PM

Slab building is more fun when you throw the slabs to stretch them like Lana Wilson.
They are so much looser when they have not been pressed flat by the slab roller.

Now, I am a hand builder by preference ... throwing round things is just a way to get something I can change into another shape!
Funny to say that when I will soon be publishing my results with purposeful color placement in throwing.

#114752 Epic Fail Making Slabs

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 October 2016 - 09:54 PM

This is why I am not a fan of using recycled clay that you do not personally know the history of.
Sounds like you are working with clay so short you might barely be able to roll it into a worm shape.

Use new clay and your slab work will go like a dream whether you roll it out on canvas, old bedsheets or a wooden table.

NO you do not have to wait until a clay slab is leather hard to work on it. You can work on it any time from fresh from the bag to leather hard.

#114600 Tips For A Successful Holiday Season Of Gift Making

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 October 2016 - 11:40 AM

> Any tips on making it a stress-free endeavor?


You are already stressing so really, there is no way to make it stress free.


To ratchet down the stress I suggest the old KISS method ( Keep it simple ... ) 


Maybe make them each a personalized tree ornament. The same basic design with their name and date painted on it.

Make small simple cheese spreaders or spoon rests.


It's mid October so don't set some kind of complicated goal ... they key is that the gift is from YOU. A sane, happy YOU.

#113586 Equipment/tool Shaming/bullying

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 September 2016 - 11:43 AM

Thanks for clarifying Stephen.


I myself have enjoyed the fact that posters seem so ingenious in their manufacture of their own tools ... unapologetic about using found objects or any tool that makes their lives easier. 


" ... found a load of bricks and a burner from 1945 and build my own Cone 10 kiln ..."

" ... found some old angle iron and made my own trimming tools ..."

" ... walking along a stream and saw some great clay ..."

Say what???

Makes me feel like such a sissy in the pottery supply store.

BUT, undaunted I use my Giffen Grip, my store bought tools ... and my self centering clay.  :P 

#110817 Spooze Peggy Heer's clay patch

Posted by Chris Campbell on 31 July 2016 - 06:52 PM

It was a shock to see Peggy's name here.
She was such a huge influence in my clay life even though I never met her.

She was dying when I first saw her posts on clayart. She could barely get around her home physically, but she always made it to the keyboard so she could share everything she knew.
As her illness got worse, her determination to share got even stronger.
In my mind she was an incredible inspiration and more than made up for the little minds who hoard their precious recipes and tips.

#106763 Painting On 'jet Black Underglaze Stain' To Leatherhard Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 May 2016 - 10:47 AM

I would recommend painting it on sooner next time ... Maybe at what we call cheese hard ... ( Think of a young cheddar ). If the piece has dried hard you could try painting on a thin coat of water first to open up the surface a bit. This could work better than thinning the underglaze. Thinned out underglaze might not give you solid deep colors.

After you paint it on let it dry until it is dull, then you might want a second coat. Again wait until it is dull to start on sgraffito.
Smudging is one of the challenges which is why you have to work quickly and make the mark you want the first time. You should be able to clean up smudges a bit when the piece is totally dry.
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#106712 Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 May 2016 - 04:52 PM

I'd like to see people choose one form ... Bowl, mug, vase, container, casserole ... And execute the form several times using different techniques ... Throwing, coiling, soft slab building, firm slab building, slump molds, hump mods, pinching, free form ... Whatever. Just test how many ways you can get to where you are going.

#106684 Stain Percentage To Make Colored Slip

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 May 2016 - 09:27 AM

If you just want a small amount of slip for decorating or whatever you can mix it easily in a blender. Add water then add wet clay until the mixture is as thick as you want it. It is much easier to use leftover scraps if you let them dry out then soak in water.
Percentages of Mason stain depend on how intense your want your colors to be. Yellow, pink, violet etc. might need anywhere from 8 - 20% stain whereas dark greens, dark Blues, Browns and blacks only need 5-8%.
Testing with your own clay body is the only way to find out.