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

Last night I loaded another bisque kiln full of pots. I’m working to get enough pieces made to fill my soda kiln in a week or so. Still need to make some more, but it feels good to have these pieces “safe” in the kiln. Firing overnight… unloading Friday so I can start glazing & wadding everything this weekend.

Kiln Layer #1 – mugs & minis.

Kiln Layer #2 – mugs, minis, bowls, ornaments & more.

Kiln Layer #3 – tiles, cups, ornaments.

Kiln Layer #4 – bottles & tiles.

Kiln Layer #5-ish – same bottles, more tiles.

Kiln Layer #6-ish – again, same bottles, different tiles & little cups.

And you know how I love a well-packed kiln…
always fun to see it packed so close to the top. As long as the lid closes, right??


November 8th, 2014

Just new to pottery so I was interested to see that you can bisque fire with little pieces inside bigger pieces. I had wondered if that would work OK.
I notice that you don’t stack the tiles on each other though.
You sure can fit a lot into your kiln.
Love the ornaments, hope you post some images of them glazed.

February 21st, 2015

Outstanding work, I’m a high school ceramics teacher in California. I’m going to share your photos with the students. They need to see that ceramics is a real business, and that hard work pays off. Excellent examples of functional pottery. Thank you.

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