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Chris Campbell

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#68477 Well Said

Posted by Chris Campbell on Yesterday, 08:32 PM

We actually like what we do for a living or for a hobby ... That puts us light years ahead of those who hate their jobs ... their learning curve might be just as steep, their self doubt just as real and their failures life changing rather than annoying. Puts us miles ahead of those who just work to make money and live for the weekend.

So acting like we have it any tougher than anyone else ... Gotta get over that!


#68296 Well Said

Posted by Chris Campbell on 21 October 2014 - 03:43 PM

What bothers me is the "Guilt Trip" feeling of it ...  "Buy this from me because I worked so hard on it."

Also the drama ... "Every single piece I make is ripped from my soul."




#68277 Well Said

Posted by Chris Campbell on 21 October 2014 - 09:25 AM

It's a lovely Facebook type sentiment, right up there with cute kitten videos ... but no real life translation.


#68276 Clay That Can Be Used To Coat An Object Then Easily Chips Off Under Water Pre...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 21 October 2014 - 09:19 AM

No special recommend. They should all do it.
Let each layer dry to the touch between dips and they won't mix together ... It's only if the previous one is still runny that they would mix. You can decrease this risk even more by doing thin coats of the same color to build up a thicker layer.
It should be fun to make and wash ... The same day if you are in a dry climate.


#68182 Clay That Can Be Used To Coat An Object Then Easily Chips Off Under Water Pre...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

If you don't fire the clay then any clay body will come off under pressure from a water spray.
Just use different colors of clay in slip form and let it set up between color layers. By 'set up' I mean wait until the wet clay has lost its sheen before dipping the next color. You can build up a dozen of layers if you want.
Many potters use the hose spray to create layers of design on unfired pots.


#68040 Kiln Opening Event - Best Practice

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 October 2014 - 10:04 PM

There is nothing in the phrase "Kiln Opening" to limit when you closed the kiln, or why you closed it. It would be totally different if you were taking a photo of your perfect 'salted' kiln load and claimed it was a random load.




#67983 Kiln Opening Event - Best Practice

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 October 2014 - 10:50 AM

They are the same as a studio/home sale. Good food, good music, beer and wine, fast check out procedure.
If you are wise you open the kiln ahead of time, reload it with terrific work and close it again!


#67981 W.a.g.e.

Posted by Chris Campbell on 17 October 2014 - 10:45 AM

Oh my ... This sounds like a hundred artist's rants I've heard over the years but someone wrote it all down and put it online.
Writing it in bright colors, making it aggressive sounding and semi-threatening is a new twist.


#67924 Looking For Ways To Color Slip

Posted by Chris Campbell on 16 October 2014 - 03:15 PM

There are some very nice purple Mason stains ....


#67597 Do You Replace Things You Sold That Break?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 11 October 2014 - 08:23 AM

I would replace it ...
Three months is not a long time to own it and it could have been weakened in a dozen ways.
Do you really want this person warning people about your handles?
A happy person tells a few, an upset one tells everyone.


#66426 What Is The Most Challenging Aspect Of Working With Clay?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 20 September 2014 - 10:52 AM

... Or time for that enjoyable job of changing the elements.


#66398 Slip Trailing..which Tools Are Best?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 September 2014 - 10:11 PM

One more type of trailer, a mylar cone from Charan Sachar
 
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=9czra-8DK94


Thanks min ... I love his work and wondered how he controlled his imagery so well. Anyone just starting with slips should watch how he uses his hands for support and control. Also neat the way he mounts the work on the tube. He has found wonderful ways to express his culture in a contemporary way.

 

Does anyone know what kind of paper that is??




#66374 What Is The Most Challenging Aspect Of Working With Clay?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 September 2014 - 10:28 AM

The most constantly difficult area for me is one I would call "Finding a balance". It covers so many daily, weekly and yearly areas of my time in clay.
Finding a balance ....
Between making what gets noticed or what sells
Between learning new things or making work
Between finding time to read books, watch videos, etc and the demands of daily life
Between blogging, posting or making pottery
Between working comfortably or pushing the limits

I always seem to be choosing ... This is probably why I advocate having a written plan for each year.
Without one I would be constantly wandering the short attention span highway.


#66372 Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 September 2014 - 10:18 AM

If you don't want to use your work for testing, might I recommend you make a dozen or so tiles and try various techniques on them? It's such a fun easy way to learn and at the end you have a nice set of tiles to keep for reference or use as coasters or whatever.

I am posting a link to the "using colored slips" area of my site so you can see what I mean.
Have fun with it!

http://ccpottery.com/slips.html


#66370 Slip Trailing..which Tools Are Best?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 19 September 2014 - 10:08 AM

You can use a lot of items for slip trailing depending on how thin or thick you want your line. Thin and thick in terms of the consistency of the slip and the size of the mark. I have used everything from a needle to a rubber bulb. I am attaching an image of a few of them including one made from an old bicycle tire inner tube.
I have a lesson area on my website for working with colored slips.

http://ccpottery.com/slips.html

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