Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: artists, mugs

I stopped by my studio tonight and made the “mistake” of cruising through the Lillstreet Gallery. Everyone needs to buy themselves a pre-Thanksgiving gift, right?! I ended up adding two great pieces to my mug collection. One by Kristen Kieffer, and one by Jeff Campana. Love ‘em both!!!

I’ve long admired the work of Kristen Kieffer. I love her combination if stamping & slip trailing. No detail is overlooked. With a smooth satin glaze that breaks in all the right places to accentuate the patterns & designs. For more of Kristen Kieffer’s work, click here for her website.

And then there’s Jeff Campana. Again, a beautiful mug… but even cooler when you realize how he’s making them. He actually makes the piece and then cuts it into pieces and then puts it back together! Crazy cool, huh?! For more about Jeff Campana Ceramics, click here for his ceramics website.

For a little Jeff Campana process-photo-explanation, click here for a blog post that shows how he puts them all back together! Here’s a sneak peek…

Cutting the form apart…

Putting it back together with a new bottom “groove”…

The thrown-separately “disc” bottom…

That fits perfectly into the groove ads the “new” bottom of the pot.

Check his website for more!

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