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Chris Campbell

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#65121 Irregular Bowls

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 August 2014 - 12:43 PM

Good question Pres ...

I have seen many potters try to 'do' Ron Meyers.
He throws about as loosie goosie as it gets and should be simple, right?
Ron does simple, single confident gestures that come from a lifetime of throwing pots ... It's muscle memory.
The works are expressions of him, not an adopted style.

Tight throwing potters want to totally control the looseness too ... Doesn't work.
As Popeye says ... I yam what I yam!

#64898 Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 22 August 2014 - 10:09 AM

I donate money to my favorite charities.

I rarely donate pots because there is no upside to it.
I have never gotten 'exposure', follow up business or even thank you notes.
Charity auctions have degenerated to anonymous bargain shopping events.

When I do donate it is for a friend or for pottery fund raising.

#64492 Another Sales Technique ... Maybe?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 August 2014 - 10:16 AM

I just read this in a book ....don't know if it works but it sounds good.

Whenever a client asks about a piece, you find some way to get it and hold it ... Don't pass it back to them. According to the book, this increases their need to have it because they think you don't want to let it go.

Somebody's gotta try this and see!

#64369 New Hampshire Institute Of Art Anagama Build - Images

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 August 2014 - 08:28 PM

Well Benzine, I've yet to see an image of him working!
He must be part of "management" now ... Supervisor material for sure.

#64186 Tenmoku Leaf Bowl Question

Posted by Chris Campbell on 08 August 2014 - 11:02 PM

When using fresh leaves there is always a problem as they dry ... they either shrink or lift off the surface or you have to push them too hard etc.


One way to avoid this problem is to soak the green leaves in a bleach/water mixture. This dissolves the green of the leaf leaving only the skeleton and veins. They are much more pliable and can be easily soaked in other colorants and glazes. The pattern stays as delicate as the one on the pot you like.


Each type of leaf demands a different time in solution ... thin, soft leaves dissolve much faster than thicker, tougher ones ... so just stay near the mix and get ready to rinse them off for use. You can keep them on a damp towel until ready to use. The one in the image looks like it ripped a bit, but even that helps the pattern.

#63998 Poppies In London

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

What do you all think of that amazing installation of ... CERAMIC ... hand made by humans ... Poppies around the Tower of London?


Isn't it wonderful that potters making them are the center of attention.


#63878 If You Could Have Only One Piece Of Art On Display In Your Home What Piece Wo...

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

Easy question ... The "Winged Victory/ Nike at Samothrace" from the Louvre Museum in Paris.


Now granted, it would be a bit difficult to obtain and even harder to pack and ship ... and I would have to add on a room to the house ...

but it would be worth it.

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#63789 Is Kiln Wash Necessary?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 August 2014 - 08:26 PM

Kiln wash is not necessary until the unexpected happens!
If you are of the personality to be super careful and use stilts and cookies then you can forget kiln wash.
BUT ... If you are going to push limits and test glazes then you should use it.
I use it because my best intentions tend to go south when I am harried and busy.

#63787 Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

>made from certified non-toxic clay rather than hand dug clay and dirt.

What on earth is non toxic clay??
My state, North Carolina, is about 98% clay but I have never heard this term.

#63761 Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 03 August 2014 - 03:07 PM

Well, let's say someone decides they are going to climb an oak tree ... reads a book and watches some videos of others climbing trees ... then does so.

He/she has climbed a tree and can say he/she is a tree climber.


Now, you who have climbed many trees can appreciate the joy of the first climb, but you also appreciate the nuances of a better toe hold, a surer way to balance your weight, an easier way to move around the tree, a more graceful way to get down.


Doesn't mean the other person's experience is less real, just that with experience a climber finds many trees to climb and several ways to explore and refine the process.


So yes, if you are making safe functional wares to the best of your current ability, are happy with your progress and are able to sell it ... so can afford to advance your career ... that is the best news ever.  It means you can look forward to many years, decades even,  of digging into the medium and finding your own way with clay.


For myself ... when I look at a pot critically,  I look at the execution, the form, the glaze ... test the weight and the balance. That is what matters, not how long the potter  has been potting.


That said, there is nothing as wonderful as the liveliness of a pot created by a sure hand.

#63733 Why Is Our Work Better Than Imported Work?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 02 August 2014 - 10:16 PM

> And sorry if it offends but, generating good pottery doesn't have to take a decade or even a single class to accomplish - welcome to 2014 - and if it is taking a decade, that might be cause for concern. <

I am not offended at all, but must respectfully disagree. I think good potters work gets better as time goes on and a decade barely starts the journey.
Also, do not know how anyone could get the knowledge they need without taking instruction. Even watching videos of accomplished artists working is a "class" of some kind. They took the time out of their lives to present information to others therefore that is teaching 2014 style.

#63655 Top 20 Potters From Ceramics History

Posted by Chris Campbell on 01 August 2014 - 11:55 AM

There probably is no one potter by name here ...

But I think the story of the European quest for a porcelain clay body would be very interesting for this age group. It has everything from weird alchemists, kidnapping and holding prisoner of them by kings, hostage takings, recipe stealing and accidental burning down of wood and stone buildings where they were trying to fire hot kilns.

Most kids would never suspect that a pottery tale could be so adventure filled.

#63351 Facebook Page For Colored Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 July 2014 - 03:48 PM

I hope this is an appropriate posting as there is no commercial value ....


At the request of former students I have created a color in clay page of facebook.

I really dislike it when people add me to a group or page without my permission, so I thought I would invite all of you ...

'in person' ... sort of ... :P :D :lol:


I hope this page will become a resource for all who work with color in earthen clays and slips as well as those who want to learn more.
It will be a workspace/lounge where we can share information, provide critiques in a constructive manner so we all learn and hopefully widen the field of people involved.


See you there

#63349 Online E Course/august 4-Sept. 11/ 'understanding Porcelain'

Posted by Chris Campbell on 27 July 2014 - 11:47 AM

I have not taken the course but Antoinette is a friend and we have talked a lot about the content and presentation. She is an excellent thrower and a very caring teacher.
You watch the classes live online, then you can access them as often as you want for ... I think ... Two months after the class is done. She also has a private Facebook page where students can get even more feedback and help.
For $159 ... I don't think you can beat it.

#63315 Critique My Work - Anyone? - I Want To Send You A Bowl.

Posted by Chris Campbell on 26 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

I want to make sure you are also aware of the Ceramic Arts Daily link at the top left on this forum. If you go there you will find a lot of throwing videos, articles and advice ... All free.

At this point in your throwing life you will get a lot of good feedback from posting images of your newly thrown work cut in half. People who throw can look at it and know what happened ... and tell you what you are doing right or wrong. The bare clay does not lie because there is nowhere to hide!

I never weigh clay so someone else will have to answer that. Not that you shouldn't weigh it ... Just that it is not in my nature to want to.