In 1991 Chris Campbell attended a class given by Jane Peiser, a famous North Carolina potter at the Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh, thus sparking her 30-year career as a professional Colored Porcelain Artist. “I was thrilled by the vibrant colors I could use to create and decorate my pottery by using colored porcelain.” She has been exploring the technique called ‘Nerikomi’ ever since.
Chris was born in Canada and was educated in Business Administration. She and her husband came to the Raleigh-Durham area in 1981 and to their home in Chatham County in 2020.
In her sunny studio, Chris creates stunningly colorful decorative and functional pottery using colored porcelain. “I create my color pallet using Mason stains,” she explains. “I blend the clays to create secondary colors, then transform them into patterns. Then I create decorative pieces with them by hand building or using slump molds.”
Her finished designs offer a kaleidoscopic array of colors and patterns. “I am inspired by color,” Chris notes. “I am a magpie – I don’t do subtle.” She enjoys creating complex designs. “I get the most colors, movement and patterns that I can and then confine them into limited spaces.” Her pieces that are meant to be used to contain food are glazed but her decorative work is not. When people hold these pieces she wants them to feel the smooth, cool touch of bare porcelain.
Since the COVID pandemic she has not been able to offer Workshops, so she has created a series of educational videos which she offers on Vimeo. In this way Chris can still teach her distinctive style of pottery. “I want to educate the pottery community that colored porcelain offers a very flexible tool for creative expression,” she notes.
Chris’ work is available exclusively at Carolina Creations in New Bern, NC. More information about Chris and pottery instruction on her techniques is available on her website. Her studio will be open for the 2021 Chatham Studio Tour the first weekend in December and by appointment through the year. Her pieces sell for $30 to $300.
“I want to share my love of pattern, color and chaos” she laughs “ I want people to experience Artwork that is simply joyful.”
For more information on Chris Campbell and her unique art, visit her Chatham Artists Guild presence.