Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: pottery, process, production, studio, tools

Spent some time tonight trimming my stamped cylinders… with my favorite trimming tool. THE GIFFIN GRIP. It’s a brilliant contraption that instantly centers things and makes my trimming life so much easier in the studio!!! Love it.

Categories: mugs, patterns, porcelain, process, production, stamped, stamps

So I spent the evening doing a bit of stamping. I had a few cylinders that were on the wetter-side of leatherhard… perfect for stamping! So here’s a quick tour of the cylinder before & after AND the stamps that did the magic!!! Some are stoneware reclaim, and others are porcelain. Now all stamped, patterned & textured!!!

Next up?….
A bit more drying under plastic, then trimming… and then HANDLES!!!

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Categories: bike, sunrise

It started out very dark & windy this morning. When I got to the lakefront you could hear the waves crashing before you could see them. Dark & gloomy until the sun came piercing through… even if just for a few minutes before the clouds took over for the day!

 

Categories: mugs, porcelain, pottery, stamped

Same mug shape. Same mug stamping. Just none of the color or flashing from a soda firing.
Porcelain with a thin white glaze in a cone 10 reduction firing.
This one is definitely “Quite White.”

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Categories: bike, sunrise

Clear skies. Calm waters. Beautiful reflections.

 

Categories: mugs, production

More cylinders. More mugs. More FUN!!!

Categories: clay, process, studio

Spent the afternoon making some more FREE clay. My reclaim was turned out onto a large plaster bat a few days ago. The gooey clay has firmed up a bit… so it was a day full of “fast-drying” with slices in front of the fan, and a LOT of wedging!!! But still… five bags of FREE CLAY!!! And you know how I like free clay!

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Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Started a little gloomy, but turned out to be a beautiful day
with some more beautiful flowers in the garden!

Categories: artists, creativity

These projects are pretty amazing. All done with layers & layers of colored paper. And to think that I did quilling when I was in 7th grade. Imagine what I might be doing now if I had just stuck with it?!

Click here to see Yulia Broskaya’s video.

Categories: bowls, family, food

Looks like it’s raspberry season!!!
And my cousin Kim has been growing them in her yard again this year. Making her morning cereal taste even better… and a “fancy bowl” to make them LOOK even better too!

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