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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Jan 17 2015 02:15 PM

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Throwing Colored Clay

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.


Farmington, Pa / July 12-18, 2015 / Colored Clay Workshop

06 January 2015 - 12:00 PM

For those who might be planning their summer workshop .... This is the only workshop I will be teaching in 2015.
I will be covering everything from coloring clay, blending colors, making sheets of color and creating patterns. This year I have a lot of new research on throwing with colored clay to share with students.

July 12 - 18th, 2015

Touchstone Center for Crafts

1049 Wharton Furnace Road

Farmington, PA 15437

T: 800.721.0177

Who Gives Their Own Work As Gifts?

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.

What Is The Next Step In My Throwing Colored Clay Project?

23 December 2014 - 05:29 PM

Sooooo ... I have been trying to develop some processes for throwing colored clay. I get tired of seeing two clays mashed together for a marbled effect ... I was convinced there was so much more possible!  Note, I am not the best thrower in town by a long shot, but got tired of waiting for opportunities to get better throwers to execute my plans.


I have thrown 13 'bowls' ... slam centered the clay in specific patterns then thrown as best as I could. Lots of pictures and notes.

They came out of the high fire today and many more notes taken.


Yes, there are definite differences in each bowl and dish with original pattern placement showing through ... BUT ... in my mind I cannot call this a fact until I can repeat it, right?

Even though I don't enjoy throwing I think I am going to have to make more of the most promising ones in at least a couple different shapes before I can offer it as info in a workshop or publication???


Potters Council Nominations-Now!

19 November 2014 - 12:31 PM

I know this should likely stay in the Potters Council area, but I know a lot of you don't look in every category each time you visit and the nomination announcement only gives Members two days notice.


If you are a Potters Council Member, please consider running for a position on the Advisory Board. It is not as daunting as you think. It is also a great opportunity to influence upcoming benefits, directions and scope of the Council.


Three meetings a year are held by conference call, so you are at home for them and they last about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours each.


One meeting is held in person in conjunction with NCECA and you are given a travel stipend to help with expenses. In the past we have also used a speaker phone to include any Member who could not attend in person for whatever reason.


You are given assignments and are asked to head up a committee ... the demands are reasonable and not extremely time consuming. You will also be asked for ideas for future Potters Council projects and benefits.


I urge you all to consider it for yourselves or think of someone who would be a good fit and ask them to run ... heck, NAG them to run.