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Chris Campbell

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#122679 A Variety Of Ways To Throw Colored Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 07:43 PM

It is made with a very thin layer of black slip ... my slip is as thick as I can get it so it dries quickly.

#122655 A Variety Of Ways To Throw Colored Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 12:46 PM

congratulations on making beautiful pots with spectacular colors!


love the softly swirly, yellow orange one, especially.  the one on the top of the stack in photo one and on top of the blue one in the last photo.


is this series of photos before glazing or are they finished?  if so, what is the glaze that looks so perfect?

The glaze is a Cone 6 transparent matte that I got from Ceramics Monthly Summer issue of 2014.

It was offered by Kyla Toomey but I think it is a pretty common recipe.

#122647 A Variety Of Ways To Throw Colored Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 11:28 AM

I would like to share my latest experiments with colored clay ... I hope it will be a treat for all of you who love to throw.


I spent most of last year experimenting with throwing colored clay in a way I call ... "Intentional Color Placement".

In other words, instead of throwing randomly mixed colors like agateware, I wanted to get the colors exactly where I wanted them to be.

I also wanted to create my own stripes and patterns by planning, not accident.


So here are the results printed in the March/April 2017 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.



I hope many of you try these techniques and post pictures of your results.

I would love to see what good throwers do with it!!

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#122613 Pottery Booth Help! What Do You Display Your Pottery On? Shelves Or Tables?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 February 2017 - 09:26 PM

Have you done smaller craft shows?
Is this a one time try out thing or will you want to do it on a steady basis?

How much $$$$ do you want to invest in equipment?
A lot of things you can chose to rent or buy so it is important for you to know whether or not you even like doing multi day or large craft shows before you sink a lot of money into it.

Also, is it indoor or outdoor?

Here is a link to an article I wrote on craft shows ... it might or might not be useful to you.


Good luck to you!

#122482 Newbie Needing Advice For Handbuilding

Posted by Chris Campbell on 18 February 2017 - 01:47 PM

Welcome to pottery!

Handbuilding can be done by just using your hands or with a hundred tools. The very basic tools are usually available in a beginners type kit from ceramic supply places ... local or online.
Clay choices ... again, go to a ceramic supply place and read the descriptions. You need to pick the color and the Cone temp. you want to work with.
That said, do you have a kiln to fire your work in? You will need to fire any pieces you make.
Also, clay cooking pots and pans are a whole different thing that you might want to hold off on until you have more experience.
You should also count on at least a year or two of learning before your work will be food safe and ready for sale.

#122399 How Much Are You Willing To Pay For A Mug?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 16 February 2017 - 12:15 PM

I am a sucker for a well made, beautifully designed, fabulous mug. I buy many from guest potters at both the NC Potters Conference and NCECA.

It is usually a way to acquire of piece of work that you can actually use and enjoy on a daily basis. I know who made them all.

Most of them start at $35 but if I want a piece from a well known potter I pay what they are asking.

I have never regretted buying them but do remember the ones that got away!

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#122276 How Much Do You Charge For A Mug?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 February 2017 - 10:22 AM

The going rate in my area for a good mug is $30. Prices can range $5 more or less than that for a standard coffee mug, and I charge $15 for an espresso (I only sell these direct to customer, never wholesale), and $40 for a stein.

It takes just as much time to make an espresso mug as it takes to make a large mug so you are basically charging $15 less to make up for maybe .30 cents worth of clay. Charge around the same price.

#121978 North Carolina Wood Fire Conference

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 February 2017 - 11:25 AM

Did you see the list of wood firing potters?? Truly a must do and a fabulous opportunity to see multiple ways to wood fire.

I encourage anyone who has any interest in pottery or firing to participate in at least one wood firing in your career ... it is an experience that makes you realize what pottery is really about. Even if you never plan to wood fire again, spend a shift or two loading wood into a hot kiln that is alive and speaks! The biggest danger of course is addiction ... you will want to do it again.

#121976 Do You Have Seasonal Lines?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 February 2017 - 11:07 AM

Might I ask where you did the research that said you, a potter, needed seasonal lines?

#121951 Qotw: Do You Feel You Have To Buy Work From Potters You Visit?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 February 2017 - 10:37 PM

I have had potters visit my studio with and without buying.
Quite frankly, I would hate to have them think they had to buy something just because we spent time together. I hope they get as much out of seeing my workspace as I get from them sharing their thoughts, ideas and processes.
When I visit others I often buy since I probably would not be visiting if I was not interested in them and their work.
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#121857 Underglazes "jumping" Off Pots

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 February 2017 - 10:40 PM

My first suspicion is that your underglaze itself is too thick and is lying on top of the clay, not soaked into it.

Or the pots are still too wet when you are applying the underglaze so they are staying on the surface rather then soaking in.

I usually wait until the pieces are bone dry.


I would not expect a glaze to pull off a properly applied underglaze, but someone else might have that experience.


And, as Min says ... can you post a picture??

#121788 Why Didn't Someone Tell Me About Paperclay!?!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 February 2017 - 02:38 PM

I am a big fan of paperclay and have a teaching area on my website ....


I have even worked with coloring the paper clay and experimenting with firing temps.

I make my own paper clay since I like to vary how much paper pulp I add to any clay body.
Yes, you can make any clay you like into paper clay. Remember that the paper totally burns out early in the bisque firing and leaves behind a more porous version of your original clay. No paper remains in the fired clay.

So what can you expect from paper clay bodies ...?
It takes glazes differently because it is more porous
Objects made are lighter ... which is great if you are making large pieces
It is harder to carve into because the fibers drag
Your green ware is much stronger so easier to handle and load
You can repair chips, cracks or breaks even after bisque firing
The paper clay slip makes a great repair product even if the original piece is not paperclay but is the same clay body.

Is it good for everything ... no.
I would not recommend making functional wares from it because unglazed areas will stay quite porous.

But otherwise try it and have some fun with it. It is a joy to play with.

#121420 Transferring A Drawing To A Clay Slab

Posted by Chris Campbell on 29 January 2017 - 12:47 PM

I used thin tracing paper for the design since I wanted it to bend in order to follow a curve but any paper will do.
I tried the rubbing alcohol process using just a plain pencil to draw and it transfers well ... and, an ordinary pencil mark should burn out.

#121240 Poor Basic Skill Sets, And Their Consequences

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 January 2017 - 09:52 PM

Graybeard ... don't feel too bad about unlearning videos ... my first pottery teacher was a nice lady but nearly everything she taught as a hard and fast rule was WRONG ... it took me at least ten years to fix all the useless wrong stuff and I am sure there is still some of it rattling around in my head just waiting to be exposed! Her rules were just her sketchy opinions ...ugh!
She is the reason why my number one answer to questions is ... " it depends ..."

#121239 Web Site Design

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 January 2017 - 09:39 PM

"Click away" time is probably under 5 seconds ... likely less ... I think I click away in 2 if the site isn't doing anything. So, you want your site up as fast as possible. Forget about tricky fades and music ... get words and images up fast.

Great images are number one but people have to see them quickly ... they will linger once you capture their interest but if nothing happens quickly, they are gone. For selling pottery, take great images, use a photo editing program to size them for quick web viewing.

If I was designing a site for tourism .. heck yeah, I would do everything I could to make you feel like you were there. Music, movies, fades ... the works. Because people want a sneak preview of the experience.