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Chris Campbell

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What Clay Would You Recommend?

22 November 2016 - 05:46 PM

Back are my lab people saying they want more dishes, sturdier hopefully since the ones I made cracked in firing up ... not the cooling.

So ... they were increasing the temp at 7-13 F per minute to get to Cone 3.
They are trying to simulate a house fire so I don't think there is anything going to change in the firing.

I am thinking I need a groggier body in order to make a dish that will survive this??
Or ... is there a clay that behaves like a refractory and can take anything once it's fired?
All ideas welcome.

So Close ... But Not ...

14 November 2016 - 11:06 AM

I took a commission for a piece that needed exact measurements down to the tenths of an inch ... yeah, I know ... dumb.

But it looked interesting and I got curious about whether or not I could pull it off.


Long story short, I did all my shrinkage computations and made three just in case.

I nailed the width right down to 8.9" as requested ...but ... I did not factor in the stretching effect of the slab roller and lost the length by 2 tenths of an inch. Not a speck of warping on a flat piece.


Aarghh! So close!!! For someone like me where size is whatever happens, happens.


Part of me wants to try again, the other part says ... Nope ... I have gone down this rabbit hole before.


Colored Clay Workshop - May 7-13, 2017-J Campbell Folk School

22 July 2016 - 04:30 PM

Colored Clay Every Way - Registration is now open!

Colored clay is a multi purpose tool that every pottery should have in their idea kit.

Join me to learn how to color clay, create secondary colors, mix slips, create patterns and even incorporate colors into thrown work.

May 7-13, 2017

John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC








As a side note for those who would not attend due to North Carolina House Bill 2 boycott.

Please realize that this bill was introduced, passed without any debate and signed into law in under 24 hours.

The citizens of North Carolina found out about it the same time you did.

Certainly they did not consult with the Folk School or any artists or potters.


I personally do not know anyone who agrees with this legislation.

So while I accept that you have the right to do what you want, know that the atmosphere at the Folk School is inclusive and welcoming.

Know that your instructor is 100% on the side of the LGBTQ community.

Do You Like Crackled Glazes?

02 April 2016 - 11:46 AM

I wanted to share this site with all crackle glaze lovers ....


My understanding is he does a third glaze firing to fill in those crackle lines with color.
Really lovely results.

Perfect Imperfection Collection

23 March 2016 - 10:53 AM

I wanted to share my absolute favorite installation at NCECA ... part of the '50 Women: A Celebration of Women's Contribution to Ceramics'.


Anyone who works with porcelain knows what an unforgiving and challenging medium it can be.

Ignore it for a bit and it will crack or warp or otherwise punish you.

Pay total attention and it will still slump, tear, skew and crack just for the fun of it.


So it was a joy to see the tableware titled 'Perfect Imperfection Collection'.

The artist, Heather Mae Erickson, obviously has a skilled command of her medium as witnessed in the pieces that showcased perfect execution. But she also highlighted in brilliant gold all the tears and cracks in other pieces. There were also several pieces where the 'marks of process' were jammed into the clay ... pieces where form challenged function.

All in all, a table setting I circled and stared at for the longest time and could easily imagine how much fun it would be to eat a meal off this dinnerware.


You might enjoy it or think I am crazy but here it is.