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Chris Campbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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A Variety Of Ways To Throw Colored Clay

Yesterday, 11:28 AM

I would like to share my latest experiments with colored clay ... I hope it will be a treat for all of you who love to throw.


I spent most of last year experimenting with throwing colored clay in a way I call ... "Intentional Color Placement".

In other words, instead of throwing randomly mixed colors like agateware, I wanted to get the colors exactly where I wanted them to be.

I also wanted to create my own stripes and patterns by planning, not accident.


So here are the results printed in the March/April 2017 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated.



I hope many of you try these techniques and post pictures of your results.

I would love to see what good throwers do with it!!

Table Top Slab Roller

15 February 2017 - 01:59 PM

I am thinking of buying a table top slab roller and wondered which one would suit my needs.
I want it heavy enough that it stays put on the table but light enough to take with me when I teach workshops.
I need a two roller system, not one roller that the clay gets pushed under.
Opinions welcomed and thanks in advance.

To Blog Or Not To Blog ....

26 January 2017 - 11:31 AM

How many of you have a blog?

How often do you post on it?

How many other pottery blogs do you follow?

What do you get from posting or following other blogs?

I am curious as to how blogging is or isn't changing the pottery scene. Are they generating more interest in pottery? More sales? Is it just a feel good for the poster or does it really connect with others?

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.