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

Not me.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve made plenty of oval casseroles over the past few years. I love making ovals. All sizes. But for this batch I was feeling a little “ovaled-out.” So I decided to follow the same construction process, but to give them a different shape! A little bit of whimsy for your next casserole!

Casserole #1 – So I start out by throwing a bottomless cylinder on a large plastic bat.

When the sticky squishiness is gone, I carefully shape it into my new “non-oval” shape.

Then some decorative stamping to accentuate the shape… no surprise, huh?!

Then I let it stiffen up overnight… and then add a slab bottom.

I keep it wrapped overnight so the moisture levels can even out a bit. Then, I added some flashing slip accents and left it uncovered to dry overnight. Soon… to the bisque kiln!

Casserole #2 – same process, different shape!

Casserole #3 – Another shape, another casserole. Same process, same fun!

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