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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 16 2016 09:42 PM

Topics I've Started

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.

Sharpening Dolan Trimming Tools

10 March 2016 - 10:21 AM

How do you sharpen trimming tools? Every time I try to do it they get worse instead of better. And those round ones?? Any ideas appreciated.

On The Topic Of "soul" ....

04 February 2016 - 08:04 PM

So when does soul come into a potters work?
Beginners work is a battle between clay and person ... a fight to master a process. Not much soul expressed at that stage.
So, put a some hard earned miles on the wheel and personality begins to emerge ... The potter learns to let the clay win some of the battles.
But when does work come to life?
Is it time? Is it within every potter just waiting?
When does clay come alive for you? Throwing? Trimming? Glazing? Firing?

What Does Your Throwing Chair Look Like?

03 January 2016 - 12:04 PM

Not sure if this is the right spot, but would anyone be willing to post an image of the chair or whatever they sit on to throw?
Am getting back to throwing and would love to ditch that uncomfortable stool that comes with the wheel.