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Chris Campbell

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#73372 What Is Your Biggest Plan , Dream Or Goal For 2015

Posted by Chris Campbell on 15 January 2015 - 11:03 AM

Chris: I'am so looking forward to NCECA (but I first have to conquer my fear of flying... yuck!!)
Problem with the wine cellar can be solved in drinking the wine continuously  ;) 

YOU can do it!
Remember that every minute of every day somewhere planes are taking off and landing without incident. Pilots and flight attendants retire after careers of non eventful flights.
If that does not help ... There is always that wine supply you are trying to get rid of ......

#73318 Creating A Ice White Porcelain Clay Body

Posted by Chris Campbell on 14 January 2015 - 12:30 PM

You might want to get in touch with Bryan Hopkins ... His porcelain is the iciest white I have seen. Cold white.


#73279 Community Challenge Idea

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 January 2015 - 09:18 PM

I'm just saying that judging will go downhill VERY fast .... For evidence please read any and all threads on the topic of offering any kind of critique ... Hmmmmm.
Ask for images of work and they pour in ... ask for contest entries and its a trickle.

What would make a two or three month theme fun would be the opportunity to collaborate cyber style ... 'Steal' from someone else's idea and watch someone take yours and go somewhere with it. Work together and see what happens.

#73267 What Is Your Biggest Plan , Dream Or Goal For 2015

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 January 2015 - 07:44 PM

GOOD for YOU!!! You will love NCECA.
Hmmmm ... Hard to prioritize wine and pottery ... tough call.

#73250 Community Challenge Idea

Posted by Chris Campbell on 13 January 2015 - 06:14 PM

I like the idea as long as we could eliminate the voting .... I would like to see a range of ideas rather than a competition.

#73199 Skutt Ks 1027 Firing Help!

Posted by Chris Campbell on 12 January 2015 - 10:23 PM

Leaving all the peeps out ... as I once accidentally did ... means a VERY long firing in a toasty warm garage!
If I was worried about something being damp I would crack the lid until a mirror held up to it did not have any fog forming on it.
There are a thousand ways to complicate a firing and we potters find them all.

#73018 What Is Your Biggest Plan , Dream Or Goal For 2015

Posted by Chris Campbell on 07 January 2015 - 12:00 PM

I want to put together a video set of my processes that would substitute for an in person workshop. I think it would take at least three, maybe four months to plan and execute ... the last video person I talked to said my studio was too small to set up all his lighting etc. and I certainly don't feel like doing it in my living room! Or maybe I could just hire someone to video tape my next workshop??

#72979 Throwing Colored Clay

Posted by Chris Campbell on 06 January 2015 - 04:53 PM

I have just posted some images of the results of my experiments with throwing colored clay on my blog.




I hope those of you who might be interested in taking thrown colors past the simple "mash together and throw marbled" will enjoy playing with my ideas and maybe even reporting back on your progress/discoveries.


I know I likely will not get time back with this project until the fall so I wanted others to have a chance to take my work further.  I used to think you needed great throwing skills to work with color patterns but it turns out you don't. I cannot wait to see what some good throwers can do with my basic ideas.


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#72850 Does This Happen To You?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 January 2015 - 06:16 PM

Hmmmm .... Friends!?!

Those are part of my private collection.
It's pointless to give you a price since they are not for sale.
Those are not for sale. Period.
As for your seconds, hide them. If you can't bear to destroy them at least keep them hidden so they don't get the opportunity to sneak off and haunt you in later life.

If all else fails, offer to buy things around their house when you visit. : > )

#72837 Reflections And Resolutions?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 04 January 2015 - 01:11 PM

Only by making mistakes and starting over do you get the gift of finding out that there is more where that came from.

#72650 2014 Was A Good Year

Posted by Chris Campbell on 31 December 2014 - 03:36 PM

"80% of your sales come from 29% of your line"  Provocative statement. 
Do others see this in their sales?
Much to think about here, may need to be a new thread.

It is the good old 80/20 Rule that is in play and I bet most of us would see it if we kept as good records as DirtRoads. I confess that I do not.
80% of customers want your ordinary product.They are the bread and butter of your life. That lovely 20% are the ones who come in and ask "What's new?" They challenge you to grow and surprise them. The big group pays the bills but the second group keeps me happy.

#72604 Reflections And Resolutions?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 December 2014 - 11:43 AM

I am pleased to have met my goals for last year though I wish I could have taken some time to brush up my throwing skills.


Goals for 2015 ...

- a morning spent  'one on one' with a thrower to get my skills back up to par. I have a lot of throwing experiments I want to do with colored clay.

- two articles to write for pottery publications

- make some video instruction to be inserted into my web site

- make the new pattern designs that are in my head but have not yet figured out how to execute

- make more work for sale and try to care if it sells or not

- ENJOY every second of my trip to Ireland with the Potters Council!! :D :) B)

#72602 Raku Combustables

Posted by Chris Campbell on 30 December 2014 - 11:25 AM

If you have goo on your can lid drips could be a problem. Might need to scrub it clean .... Yuck!


For raku I usually fold one sheet of newspaper in a square and set the work on it. Great reduction with little clean up. Sawdust is also pretty easy to clean up after.

My go to cleaner is Zud. I clean up crackle while it is still hot with a torch.

#72401 Who Gives Their Own Work As Gifts?

Posted by Chris Campbell on 24 December 2014 - 11:36 AM

I am interested to know who gives their own work as gifts?


I seldom give mine ... for many illogical reasons  :wacko:  ... so I wonder how they are given and received.

#72392 Happy Holidays To All

Posted by Chris Campbell on 24 December 2014 - 10:51 AM

Happy Holidays to All ... Thanks for such a fun year on the forum!

..... and yes, I will soon be doing my annual nag about making your plans for the new year .... : > )