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

One of the biggest “draws” to NCECA is the Resource Hall section where there are so many companies selling their latest & greatest pottery gadgets. And what a opportunity with such a captive audience of potters! So many tools, books, glazes, stamps, decals, clays, wheels, kilns and so much more!!!… did I mention tools?!

My main goal was was to purchase some new “bumpers” for my beloved Giffin Grip. They’re kind of worn out from over-use. But who knew that there would be options? Hard to decide… so I got them all. Including the new Flex Slider III which is adjustable to hold non-round pots!!!

And the shopping continued… some free samples, most not-so-free!!!

And could this be the most beautiful wooden rib ever??? Such great woodgrain… who knows, it might not ever touch clay because it’s so beautiful!!!


March 21st, 2014

Gary- are those beveled squares press molds?
Also, who was the vendor for the carved dowel stamps? They really look like they’d be fun to play with!


March 21st, 2014

There’s a great Etsy store with yummy, yummy pottery tools:

Not sure if you bought that gorgeous rib from the same guy…


March 21st, 2014

Gary – I am brand new to pottery and found your website and love to see your postings each day! (Oh and I live about 2 1/2 hours south of Chicago.) You are an inspiration as your works are beautiful. Can you tell me where I could find the carved roller stamps above? They are so neat.

March 23rd, 2014

CHRISTY- Thank you so much! I can’t wait to play with my new texture tools. The rolling textures come from MKM Pottery Tools.

March 23rd, 2014

HEY RANDAL – Yes. Those are indeed beveled square & rectangle press molds. And the carved dowel rollers come from MKM Pottery Tools…

March 23rd, 2014

Bing. Bing. Bing.
We have a WINNER!!!
My really cool “trophy” rib did in fact come from the same artist. His ribs & knives are gorgeous. And now I know where I can get more when the addiction takes over!!!

March 28th, 2014

Cool tools 🙂
Nice to see that I’m not the only one who spent to much money there 😉 But I think I’m in the lead with my pugger… crackers and water for me for a year 😉

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