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Chris Campbell

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#124201 Using Slip Soaked Yarn

Posted by Chris Campbell on 23 March 2017 - 10:08 AM

Can you post some images of the look you are aiming for?

I have done this process with yarn, string and lace with porcelain and regular clay. The results are fragile by nature since you are burning away the interior support system and leaving a hollow tube.

One way it is more successful is if you soak the string or yarn in slip then lay it on the surface of a pot as decoration. Multiple layers of slip sometimes result in a loss of definition ... you lose the pattern you wanted to see under the smooth surface of slip.

#123986 Atlanta, Ga, Sept 11-15, 2017, Colored Clay Workshop

Posted by Chris Campbell on 18 March 2017 - 10:59 AM

Registration now OPEN for Atlanta September 11-15, 2017



A lot of interested potters missed out on attending my May workshop which quickly went to waiting list ... so ... I would highly recommend moving quickly on this one.


I will be teaching how to color clay, how to easily create secondary colors, how to use the resulting colors in pottery, patterns, canes,  surface decoration and slips.

There will be ample opportunity for one on one tutoring in all aspects of making and using colored clays.


Atlanta is easy to get to, there is a large selection of hotels nearby and the Arts Center is well equipped, fun and friendly.

Enrollment is limited so as to guarantee a personal learning experience for all attendees.

I hope to meet many of you there.


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#123937 Lesson #541

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 March 2017 - 04:54 PM

How about setting a full wareboard down on the driveway behind a car?

#123817 Advice Needed! Cone 06 Clay With Cone 6 Glaze - Yikes!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 March 2017 - 08:23 PM

You are not being obnoxious at all ... ask away!!

Think of it like a cake ... you put the batter in a pan and bake it at 120 degrees instead of 350.
No matter how long you bake that mix it is never gonna be a fluffy cake.
If you cover it with icing it it still won't be a fluffy cake.
If you bake it again, it will only be a harder, drier tougher lump of icky batter.
Best to throw it out and start again.

#123795 Advice Needed! Cone 06 Clay With Cone 6 Glaze - Yikes!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 March 2017 - 01:15 PM

Sure you could, but at this point you are wasting time and energy. They are not going to look any better ... maybe just shiny.
Time to take it as a lesson learned and move on. :- )
Your next pieces will certainly be 100% better.

#123780 Tea Pots

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 March 2017 - 10:01 AM

The best way to keep tea leaves out of the cup is to position the spout higher up the body of the teapot ... that way the heavier tea leaves don't get out until the pot is nearly empty.
As to the holes ... if they worked the way the 'catching tea leaves' theory says they should, they would plug up the spout and the tea would not pour at all.

#123729 Can Unglazed Pieces Touch In Cone 6 Firing?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 March 2017 - 09:17 AM

I agree with Neil ... you cannot stack them on each other or lean them against each other because they will stick to each other.
You could however load them with their sides just touching.... theoretically by the time they get melting hot they will have shrunk somewhat and not be touching at all.
That said, I would not do it. I would leave just a bit between them.

#123676 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

Your target buyer for pottery is likely a woman, 35 - 45 years old.

What lures that person in and what does that person care about the most?


I doubt she cares that much about you having a gmail account since she likely has one too.

I would bet she cares about what the pottery says about her, if it gives her a good feeling about herself.

She cares about price point but not to the exclusion of taste or style ... look what she pays for coffee!


I think she wants to buy it easily and enjoy the experience.

#123424 Silica Dust Exposure

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 March 2017 - 02:05 PM

A typical pottery studio is not a silica dust health hazard site all the time.

Silica dust is controlled by wet moping floors, sponging clean the tabletops, washing tools.
There are times when silica dust is airborne but that is mostly if you are mixing dry clay or sanding or mixing glazes.

So if the studio floors and tables are clean and you are not doing anything that generates dust, you are fine.

Some people with health or breathing concerns for themselves or their families install air cleaners to make double sure.

You have to buy the proper breathing masks for safety . . I think there have been several threads on this topic so you should be able to easily search it on this forum.

#123062 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 March 2017 - 01:52 PM

The best money I spent was on Sandvox, a Mac website building tool. $80
If you can cut, paste and click you can build and publish an awesome site with all kinds of options in hours, not weeks.
Editing is as easy as using Word. Drag and drop images. Lots of template choices.
Not a freebie, but very friendly!

#123038 Here Is How To Get Wax Resist Out Of A Brush

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 February 2017 - 06:38 PM

In case you have to use up the stuff you already have on hand ...

a trick from an old Ceramics Monthly was to gently rub some liquid soap into the brush before using it to prevent the wax from sticking in the first place.

#123019 Kudos To Chris Campbell

Posted by Chris Campbell on 28 February 2017 - 10:47 AM

Thank you all ... and I am thrilled that I am already getting images from Pottery Making Illustrated readers.

It is so great to know that people are excited by the process and trying it out.

I will be bringing a display of the pieces to the North Carolina Potters Conference this weekend in Asheboro, NC.

You are all welcome to drop in and see the work on display in the Gallery, even if you are not registered for the event.


I am attaching an image of a pot made by Tunie Van Wyk in South Africa

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#123006 Kudos To Chris Campbell

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 February 2017 - 09:25 PM

Thanks Roberta!

The pots were all glazed with a Cone 6 Transparent matte glaze. Gives a lovely eggshell finish.

#123001 Gallery Commission

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 February 2017 - 06:35 PM

I have never used a gallery service. So all this is new to me. Can someone give an example. Starting with how you price your piece. And do you adjust price based on the location of sale?  Is there a book that covers this in detail?


You should go to the library and check out books on how to run a small business. Basics are basics no matter what you are selling.

These books will teach you how to calculate your costs so you are not loosing money faster than you can make things.


In wholesale you mostly cannot control the price a Gallery will charge for your work.

You sell to everyone at the same price. They mark it up to cover their expenses.

So someone paying big bucks for a high traffic location will likely charge more than someone with low rents and costs.


You can set a minimum price they can sell it for.

You can offer to buy it back rather than let it go on sale.

You can negotiate designer/decorator discounts.


Consignment is a whole different thing BUT these days consignment Galleries want 50% too ... so you are basically stocking their shelves at your expense and taking ALL the risks too.

#122965 Gallery Commission

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 February 2017 - 10:54 AM

It is common here for the gallery to at least double the artists wholesale price but in high rent areas that can go higher ... matching your 120%. We do not have VAT tax yet but Galleries pay any sales tax.
This is why it is so mportant for the potter to know their costs and price their wares properly so they make money on their wholesale price and leave it up to the Galleries to make their money on retail.