joyce lee on sun 10 dec 06
Yesterday I made my annual trek to the other side of town where
a friendly potter offers a yearly art&crafts sale on her
ranch, with lots of pottery available.
To my surprise there was a table with the most
gorgeous crystalline glazes!! Apparently, she=20
(Charlie) is a rep for Campbell out here in the desert.
I purchased a "Square Stellar," a french bread long
dish, and a butter dish. Crystals all over..... blue,
white, green, cream. They are stunning. I love
them. (I know, correctly one loves people and dogs,
but I also love great pottery!)
Oddly enough, there were only a couple of people
who understood that the "decorations" were from
crystals which were formed partially at least from
the temperature when fired and the rate of cooling.
(I don't know much either, obviously.) They kept
saying that I could make these myself.... why was
I spending so much for them? It seems that "they"
in general thought that the crystalline forms were applied
with a "special ceramic paint" using a brush.... that
surely I could do that with my vast array of skills
(yeah, right, the tiny array of skills I possess have
been seldom used for too long...).
What a joyful surprise!! At least, my son understood
(once I explained what I know of the process) what
a treasure these new works are, and that they were
indeed beautifully elegant... without knowing anything
about how what was done to them. These pots are
Clay Divas....... no doubt.
In the Mojave desert of California feeling sad for
Ron and for David Hewitt's family. But pleased to
have received Mitch Lyon's video. I watched it today
and have a list of new old stuff for the studio... to
take with me tomorrow when I have lunch with my
Good Grief Group. I'm happy that the section of my
can't-feel-pain brain is being tickled by the little
bit labeled Pottery ...... a great sensation! AND that
have a westie to pull off my socks when needed if
my knees manage to feel the pain the brain doesn't.
I just shout, or squeak, "help" and she's right on
Eleanora Eden on tue 12 dec 06
Hi Joyce and all,
I have been meaning to mention this for awhile. My little town of
Bellows Falls sports a jewelry store that sells Bill Campbell's pots.
They asked for my pots when they opened but at the time I didn't
have anything for re-sale. Now I'm so glad I didn't because they
chose this wonderful stuff and I can see it any time I go into town.
(The prices are very good, too, much lower than mine!)
I stare at these pots and get the notion that it is a high rutile, very
runny glaze over some clay-y glaze, like the old albany slip glaze.
I bet they sometimes run a rim of cobalt slip that bleeds right down
the pot under that runny glaze. That's my very meagre 2c about what is
happening with those pots. Get lots of inspiration every time.
>Yesterday I made my annual trek to the other side of town where
>a friendly potter offers a yearly art&crafts sale on her
>ranch, with lots of pottery available.
>To my surprise there was a table with the most
>gorgeous crystalline glazes!! Apparently, she
>(Charlie) is a rep for Campbell out here in the desert.
>I purchased a "Square Stellar," a french bread long
>dish, and a butter dish. Crystals all over..... blue,
>white, green, cream. They are stunning. I love
>them. (I know, correctly one loves people and dogs,
>but I also love great pottery!)
Bellows Falls Vermont
Bonnie Staffel on thu 14 dec 06
Hi Joyce and Eleanor,
Now eat your heart out, but Bill sent me one of his new forms a couple =
years ago, more of a sculptural piece with the dark blue sliding down =
the grey and other colors on the side, this is a very tall flat piece =
18" tall). I met Bill many years ago when he used to come to the =
Art Fair. We had the pleasure of his company for dinner in those early
years. I even think I have one of his very early pots. In his own =
way, he sent me this sculpture he said was to test his shrink wrap =
system. It came through beautifully and I was overwhelmed to be the
recipient of this test shipment. =20
His work is exquisite and how lucky you are to have a gallery with his =
available. I have this piece where I can see it now and every day. The
whole thing looks like the aurora borealis. What I am most proud of is =
becoming a very successful potter which was evident even in his early =
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