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

It’s been awhile, but tonight I finally loaded another electric bisque kiln. It’s been a busy
summer and I’m now faced with the reality that summer is almost over… and we’re zooming
towards the Fall art fair season! And I need to replenish the inventory. Quick.

Kiln Layer #1 – Mugs… and only mugs!

Kiln Layer #2 – Mugs, ovals, soap dispensers and piles of tiles. The dispensers are
upside-down because they’re still a little wet and I wanted the air to get around them.

Kiln Layer #3 – Some new bowls, votive holders and more tiles!!!

Kiln Layer #4 – Plates, platters and a LOT more tiles!!!
Plus one little test tile painting by my studio neighbor Lisa Harris.

Kiln Layer #5 -Some more new bowls, votive holders and… oops, ran out of tiles to fill!!!

And you know how I love a well-loaded kiln?!…
Well, this one is filled to the brim. Not much space left at the top. I actually held my breath
for a second as I closed the kiln lid and hoped NOT to hear any smashing!


Steve D

September 1st, 2012

Good job!

September 1st, 2012

When it comes to nesting pots into pots for bisque firings, you are a lot braver than I!


September 1st, 2012

I am in awe of how packed that kiln is. Wow man! I can’t wait to see what you decide to glaze everything with. I have yet to see any potters of your caliber here in Houston. Maybe I’m just not networked enough?! LOL

September 1st, 2012

BRAVE-SCHMAVE!!! Just trying to get as much as I possible can into the kiln so that I get the most bang for my buck… and by “bang” I DON’T mean any sort of bisque explosion!!! Fingers crossed.

September 1st, 2012

Networking is fine and all… but I’d rather go with the idea that there’s just no one of “my caliber” in Houston?!!! I’m sure they’re around… but no need to look if you want to just keep reading my blog here!!! Ha-ha…

September 1st, 2012

Wow! You’re making me feel really lazy! I’ve been trying to fill my kiln for a bisque all summer. OKAY ALREADY! I’m off to the studio. =/

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