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Chris Campbell

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#78021 21 Century Customer... Perpetual Replacement Of Pottery

Posted by Chris Campbell on 25 March 2015 - 03:55 PM

I expect her 'in circle' is not much better at accepting personal responsibility than she is.  I would think it a good thing that she and they shop elsewhere. 
Do you tell her she was buying child proof pottery?  
I didn't think so.

I think child proof pottery is called plastic. : - )

#77873 I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Posted by Chris Campbell on 23 March 2015 - 10:29 AM

Congrats!! You can now enjoy guilt free pottery :P


REAL is an imaginary goal that sucks the fun out of pottery for many people.


Glaze chemistry ... arg!! ...  I just cannot grasp the concepts of chemistry ... so yes, I too leave it to the chemists who love this stuff and are paid to improve glazes. If I mix a glaze it is someone else's recipe.

I also would be very happy to pass my work on to someone else who would fire it ... some folks enjoy every minute of playing with the firing.


Making is my thing. I just love trying every idea I can come up with in the making process. After that I progressively lose interest. I still do the jobs mind you, but making is the most fun for me.

#77649 Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 March 2015 - 09:43 AM

Several years ago I heard a talk by a researcher who was scouring the Chinese countryside to locate un-self conscious potters before the world got to them. Potters who simply made the work the village needed without thoughts of art or self expression. She wanted to get their stories in an effort to historically preserve their traditions before they disappeared. The dilemma of course was that she herself would then become part of the end of their seclusion.
I think of those potters as I go through the self-editing and critiquing process that can often cause my production to come to a screeching halt. Not just aesthetic concerns of it being a worthwhile pot but now environmental concerns as to whether it deserves to be fired.
I have always been averse to appropriating another cultures symbols or styles ... can't do it. ( I always suspect those t-shirts with cute symbols on them do not say what the merchant claims it says ... ) I don't worry much about using someone else's style since I can never duplicate my own work, never mind theirs.
I am now going to try to work using Diesel clay's statement that you cannot create and critique at the same time ... That is a good solid thought that should keep the work flowing.

#77611 Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Posted by Chris Campbell on 18 March 2015 - 05:09 PM

> ...what is a butter tart? recipe??

Totally off this very serious and worthwhile topic ....


Makes 15 small tarts

  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/4 cup soft butter (NOT margarine!!!BUTTER tarts)
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Pour boiling water over raisins. Let stand 5 minutes and drain.
  2. Stir together butter and brown sugar.
  3. Blend in corn syrup, eggs, vanilla and lemon juice
  4. Stir in raisins or currants.
  5. Fill pastry-lined muffin cups 2/3 full
  6. Bake at 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until pastry is golden. Do not allow filling to bubble.

Crazy good! As I write this I am trying very hard not to start a batch.

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#77606 Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Posted by Chris Campbell on 18 March 2015 - 03:01 PM

Tyler ... I would like to recommend you Google Chris Staley and watch some of his many you tube videos.
Chris probably thinks more about pots then anyone else I have ever met. His thinking is deep yet simple ... I think you might enjoy them.

#77584 Covering Greenware After Attachments

Posted by Chris Campbell on 18 March 2015 - 10:10 AM

This is another "It all depends ..." question.
Some clays are so forgiving you can do just about anything to them ... Others punish every moisture imbalance.
Some climates are more forgiving ... others so dry the moisture immediately gets sucked out too quickly.
One mug drying by itself is much different than a closely packed ware board of 30 mugs.
Some potters have the experience to judge all factors just right so when things are attached they are all even and it sure looks easy.
That said, if you have put a ton of work into something, slowing the drying makes good sense ... Why save time only to lose the pot?

#77561 Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 March 2015 - 10:33 PM

> I’m not ashamed to admit that there have been times where I’ve spent days working on a project only to decide when it’s done the idea was a flaming turd. 


Thank goodness you can do that ... creativity is not a straight line. We tend to forget how often successful people fail before something finally works. Please do not ever stop trying 'dumb stuff', don't ever stop wondering "What would happen if ...." That's at least half the fun of being an artist. You get to fail and nobody but you notices.

#77527 If You Want Perfect...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 March 2015 - 03:52 PM

My advice is to adopt and stick to your own standards ... and ... don't assume that just because someone has been making pottery for 40 years that their standards are a good ... sometimes 'time put in' is just time put in.
Would you want a butter dish that didn't fit the butter? Are you proud of it? How would you feel if a potter you admire got it as a gift?
Start your shard pile ... every potter has a growing one.

#77432 Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 March 2015 - 07:14 PM

> I do have a question... Is there a place to go and register a signature stamp, makers mark, whatever it's officially called? It would be nice if in the future someone were to google my pottery stamp that they could find me that way as well.

I found this old post by Mark ... CAD used to collect them for exactly this reason ....

After looking around for months I finally found it . It was here all along-not sure if it still exists.These where my two signatures that cover 98% of 40 years of production work. It was a collection of potters bottom signatures in the US-not sure about other countries?
Maybe someone can answer if its still going on?As it was started here at the potters council .
Its was by Jennifer Harnetty 2009
Its a potters marks data base.

#77346 Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 March 2015 - 10:53 AM

There is a topic in the updates area that I don't think has been asked here yet ....
What should you name your business?
Your name? Your street, town name? A cute name meaningful to you?

Obviously since I am "Chris Campbell Pottery, LLC" we know what my answer is.
The why is strictly business related ...
Easy to Google and find website quickly
Don't have to remember the name of that potter at Wild Turkey Pottery
Easily fits even if I change the type of work I do ... Eg not 'earthenware by Chris' etc.
Legally have to put the LLC on everything
If I get stuff addressed to Mr. Chris Campbell I know I can safely throw it out.

What did you name your business and why??

#77199 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 March 2015 - 10:30 AM

 I enjoy the opportunity to answer questions and share the clay knowledge that is banging around in my head.


I learn a lot. We have extremely knowledgeable people here and at least once a week some post sets me off on a research tangent.


i get constant confirmation of the wealth of hidden talent there is in the pottery world. People you never see in magazines or shows are producing amazing work and we get to see some of it here. Others have a depth of technical knowledge they have never had an audience for.


Which brings me to my wish for the future ... to get more of this talent involved in this clay conversation. Invite every potter you meet to drop in and lurk ... then hopefully one day they will start to post and then they might fill in the information area, post some pictures in their gallery .... that will be wonderful for all of us.

#77196 Porcelain Throwing Method

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 March 2015 - 09:57 AM

Thanks for sharing the Britt video, Lisa.

He works nice and fast. But he uses a lot of water?! I don't throw on bats but on the wheel head. I wouldn't be able to take the piece off for hours using water like this. I think I have to drill me some holes in the wheelhead for the bat possibility....


I think he gets away with using so much water because he throws really fast so it does not stay around long. Sitting water is more of an issue especially with new throwers.

As to the alignment of the clay, I thought our type of clay aligned like plates ... Horizontally ... So changing direction is not about alignment but further compression. John Britt seemed to be saying to do this at first but later you would not need to. I would imagine this step would be beneficial for those who throw off the hump since the clay would be compressed top to bottom.

The Japanese potter we saw at the conference said ... " save five minutes, lose a pot. Not worth it."

#77013 Porcelain Throwing Method

Posted by Chris Campbell on 09 March 2015 - 10:44 AM

I just returned from the North Carolina Potters Conference. Our presenters were three established potters from Japan ... just amazing to watch as they worked.
There were many lessons learned but one excited all the throwers so I thought I would share.
From Fuku Fukumoto ... Google her images and enjoy the Artwork. :)

She centers and cones her porcelain, then cuts it off the wheel, turns it upside down and centers and cones again.
(many thought this reversed the twist that the first centering and coning process put into the clay) She just said it further compacts the porcelain making it easier to throw. The other presenters agreed that they knew many porcelain throwers who did this but did not do it themselves.

I am not a big time thrower so I do not have an opinion ... also, their porcelain is made from stone and is so grog free it is like butter ... 180 mesh as opposed to our 60 or so.

NOTE : see my later post ... on realizing their clay was stone based, so this could be why it works for them. I have to admit if I was a thrower I would definitely try it just to see what happens, but it also could be a useless extra step for clay.

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#76868 Underglazes Vs Glazes

Posted by Chris Campbell on 05 March 2015 - 08:51 PM

Underglazes are for decorating ... They do not seal the surface or make it food safe. They will not prevent stains or color absorption. They are most often used under glazes.

Glazes when properly matched to the clay and properly fired, seal the surface with a glass like layer making the wares suitable for utilitarian use.

A glaze that does not move much during firing can be used for decorating but an underglaze cannot be used as a glaze.

#76626 New Potter: Advice Appreciated!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 March 2015 - 09:12 PM

  Good point. I'll have to think on that a bit. Have you known potters who focus on more fragile pieces that still do well sales-wise??? I mean, I'm really happy with the pieces in general. I could certainly widen out the bottoms a bit on some of the skinnier pieces.

For wholesale, galleries and show sales nothing should look fragile. Nothing sticking out or lifting off. Plates and bowls should stack safely. Galleries do not like fragile work because it intimidates browsers ... Nobody wants to lift them or touch them. Nobody connects with the piece in a tactile way. Nobody wants to break it. The word NO looms large in buyers minds.

They also do not like it because packing and shipping it to customers is such a pain. You will not like packing and shipping those pieces either. It gets expensive.

If I was depending on clay to earn my main living, I would not make fragile pieces ... I'd be making the things people want to pick up.