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

Chilly, but sunny. With a cool breezy blowing across the Lake, it was nice to see the sun pop over the horizon as the clouds wisped across the sky.

Fun to play with the frames “hanging out” at Berger Park along the Lake.

And the perfect chance to “frame” the sunrise just right!

Categories: pottery, production, stamped, textures

Repetitive stamping on a stoneware platter. And some pretty sweet lighting & shadows from the regular IKEA work light on my wedging table. Go figure.

Categories: friends, inspiration, special events

One of my biggest fans with the latest issue of POTTERY MAKING ILLUSTRATED. Looks like she’s found something fun to add to her “pottery wish list.” Methinks I might need to be making more of these textured wall pillows?! And quick…


Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Another stamped & soda-fired mug to add into Mugshot Mondays.
I love the textures, colors and range of layers on this one. It’s a keeper!

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped, stamps

Tonight started with some plains cylinders… round, smooth & clean…
Destined to be another batch of mugs. More of my favorite form!

And then I pulled out one of my tool boxes of stamps… each one handmade…

A little stamping ensued… and soon enough all of them were textured & stamped.
Back under the plastic wrap drying up a bit more for trimming tomorrow night.

Categories: process, production, special events

So excited to see my article finally in print. So thankful to be recruited by the fine folks at POTTERY MAKING ILLUSTRATED magazine to write a “how-to” article for them. Pretty cool to see my work, my words and my photos in their magazine… and knowing that it is just now arriving in potter’s homes around the world. Kinda crazy, right???

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

After yesterday’s amazing warm temps, we were back this morning with a chill in the air.
Chill & LOT of clouds. Great colors on the horizon as the clouds continued to blow through.

Kinda breezy this morning… with one crazy cool cloud blowing through the City.

Meanwhile, over the Lake, the clouds were adding a moody tough to the sunrise!


Categories: process, production, soda-fired, special events, stamped, textures

Hey wait… that looks like my Living Room wall?!!! I would recognize that orange paint finish wall anywhere. Especially with a constellation of my textured wall pillows on it? Pretty slick, huh???

Categories: process, production, special events

Just fanning through some slick pages in the mystery box. Good to see it all came together nicely. I’ve very excited, and very pleased. I love it. Can’t wait for everyone to see!!! Oh wait… maybe you’ve already seen it by now???

Categories: process, production, special events

Sure, the “sneak peek” envelope was nice… but a box full is so much better.
Can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve been up to!!! Coming soon…