John C Campbell Folk School - 2019

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I had a great group of very talented potters who were totally into color. They were eager to work and … luckily for me … totally aware of the risks we were taking with rushing the making process.


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We created our patterned canes, then made trays with them as this is a fairly forgiving form to dry quickly.

Luckily the Folk School has a drying cabinet which allowed me to regulate a gentle drying process.

We took a class vote and decided to go for it and bisque fire them Wednesday night. Gutsy group!!

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Here they are cooling off in the early morning of Thursday just before we took them in to glaze.

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We were treated to a demo of a "new to me” laminating technique perfected by Dean McRaine in Hawaii. 


I’m thrilled to get his permission to teach this cool method to all my students in future classes.

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I also demo'ed the friendship bracelet cane which was invented by another of my students … one of the joys of teaching workshops is the learning goes in both directions. 

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'Starry Night' cane made from this process.





Here are the trays glazed to Cone 5 electric.

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My special THANKS to this great group who shared and dared!!


 © Chris Campbell 2019