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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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#90043 The Arts Festival Plan

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 August 2015 - 11:54 AM

Mea ..l hope you don't mind me posting this link as it is a MUST READ for anyone trying to survive in the Arts & Crafts Festival world. Great advice and observations as always.


#89985 Am I The Only One Who Has Spent Hours Trying To Log/ Sign In?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 August 2015 - 03:38 PM

I only look in on Clayart about once a year so I did not know they had finally moved on to a forum concept. Perhaps the atmosphere will change too ... I hope so.

#89822 Throwing Thickness

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 July 2015 - 09:45 AM

How lovely of your friend to bring such a charming guest along ... I'm surprised she had time to visit as her schedule for attending craft fairs and ruining artists' days must be full.

#89706 The Holy Grail—A ^10 Clear Gloss Glaze Compatible With Amaco Velvet Underglazes?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 July 2015 - 01:00 PM

In my experience with color and clear glazes, the ingredient to avoid is Gerstley Borate. It definitely affects color results. It turns greens to brown and darkens or shifts many others.

#89705 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 July 2015 - 12:53 PM

This is doable ... Use a low firing temp clear glaze ... Say 05 ... Coat the whole bottom and fire upside down using stilts on the outside rim of the plate. The higher firing glaze should not melt much so you could lightly sand any resulting blips.

#89692 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 July 2015 - 10:27 AM

I meant that you leave the surface that comes in contact with your shelf unglazed ... the rest you glaze.

#89652 Firing Glazed Plates

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 July 2015 - 06:47 PM

Often times you fire twice ... Once all the way to high temp with matching glaze on the food surface ... then the second time at a lower temp with a low fire temp glaze on the back. You leave the center of the bottom unglazed and since the temp is lower ... Say 05 ... you don't need any support for the work.

#89619 Turning Off Kiln Prematurely

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 July 2015 - 09:49 AM

Yes indeed ... remember the book "Farenheight 451" ... ignition point of paper .... they had to stuff those fish with something to keep them poofy ... and it does stink as it burns.

#89393 Designation--"Master Potter"

Posted by Chris Campbell on 23 July 2015 - 11:08 AM

Its not really a subjective thing at all.  You could test it.

Absolutely..... but you'd need 1,000,000 years to get the pottery community to agree on what the test should include.  ;)
And at the moment... there is really no 'certifying body' like the Guilds of old.
Closest we come today is the granting of art degrees by colleges, I think.

Sadly, I don't think so ... I have spoken to 'graduates' of ceramics/fine arts programs who had not received any glaze education and were discouraged from making utilitarian ware. How complete was that 'education'?

My definition of Master would have to include ...
Education in the history of pottery as well as all aspects of process
Years afterwards spent improving both skills and knowledge base
Years of sharing and teaching to move the craft forward.
... And probably never being vain enough to call yourself 'Master'

#89297 Qotw: Would You Open Pandora's Box?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 July 2015 - 09:45 AM

Oops ... You mean that box was supposed to stay closed??

#88735 Quality Of Work Sold?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 July 2015 - 02:40 PM

Just to note that $45 - $75 is about mid range for mugs .... very many are higher ... $135 - $175 ... but they are usually exquisite pieces by well known potters.

I have said this before and will say it again and again .. There is more than one 'customer' for pottery. They have all ranges of income and will gladly pay the price for good work. Ask any potter who has worked a craft show with an "Opening Night Gala" and they will tell you how pleasant that evening can be.

As much as I would love to say you get financially rewarded for absolutely perfect work .... I think for that to happen, you need a knowledgeable person who can look at the piece and know it is good.

I do however warn against trying to earn a living based on good taste. : - )

#88610 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 July 2015 - 01:01 PM

Done! She has been living in the back garden for about 15 years or more ... a lot of wear and tear on her hairdo

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#88577 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 July 2015 - 08:33 PM

I have some glaze tests firing right now so I will have to see the results first ... Heck, why start planning ahead at this stage in the game?
: - )

#88530 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 July 2015 - 11:14 AM

Sometimes things go right .... the second kiln load fired beautifully so I am happy.

This project has turned into a coral reef installation in my front garden.

These images show some small coral heads as well as some clownfish peeking out of anemones ... my absolute favorite Pacific dive thing to see.

(Sorry, don't know why they are loading sideways??)

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#88527 Qotw: Would You Show Us A Picture Of Your Working Space?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 July 2015 - 10:38 AM

Here are two shots ... one where it is all clean for picture day and another taken today as I get set to teach my workshop at Touchstone next week.

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