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

It was a VERY productive day in the studio. A full batch of spoon rests were thrown this morning, stamped this afternoon, “quick-dried” to leatherhard so I could trim them and add colored flashing slip accents. Done. Full batch drying overnight… and into a bisque kiln tomorrow. Plus a whole bunch of other pieces I finished today. Whew!

Categories: stamped, textures, vases

Another day with dramatic “mood lighting” in my studio without the ceiling light.
Tough to work “in the dark”… but the task lighting sure does make the textures pop!!!

Categories: production

While many consider Sunday a “day of rest”…
today I’m calling it a “day of spoon rests”!!!

Categories: classes, creativity, glaze

This week in my pottery class, I showed them some more interesting glaze techniques, tricks & possibilities… including everyone’s favorite novelty… BUBBLE GLAZING!!! Just a little dishwashing soap in your glaze and a plastic straw to get it going! And when the bubbles pop, you’ve got a pretty sweet glaze application!

And when the bubbles pop, you’ve got a pretty sweet glaze application!

Categories: bowls, process, production, stamped

Loving the groovy shadowplay on this freshly stamped bowl…
and the studio “mood” lighting doesn’t hurt any either!

Categories: bowls, process, production, stamps

Is there such a thing as TOO MANY options when trying to decorate a simple bowl???
I don’t think so!

Categories: bowls, process, production, stamps, studio

Came into the studio last night to find that my overhead studio light has decided to completely stop working!!! So today I’m trying to get a lot done with some dramatic “mood” lighting… and will be until the fixture gets fixed!!!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Lots of clouds. Lots of wind. Not much sunrise…
but still a great way to kick-off my Saturday morning!

Categories: inspiration, patterns, textures

Great patterns & reliefs on pressed ceiling tiles in the theater lobby at Drury Lane. Might need to make some new stamps now???

Categories: inspiration

No sunrise this morning… just gray skies.
But plenty of glitzy glamor sparkling last night at Drury Lane Theater.