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

After the class discussion & demo about sgraffito, my SURFACE DECORATION class set-off to decorate their own pieces. The goal was to get crisp clean lines & patterns carved through the dark layer of slip or underglaze to reveal the lighter clay body. They really enjoyed using my collection of DiamondCore Tools to get some crisp & clean carving lines. The perfect way to let their creative expressions reveal themselves!

Categories: classes, sgraffito, surface decoration, tools

For my SURFACE DECORATION class last week, we tackled some sgraffito… decorative carving through a contrasting color layer to reveal the lighter clay body color below! We talked about a few techniques & tricks… and then I started carving a couple of my platters as a demo… and soon enough they were ready to tackle their own pieces! Good thing I had my DiamondCore Carving Tools ready for some crisp clean lines… that also made some pretty cool “zebra” layered clippings!

Categories: tools

Sparkly & clean… brand new sgraffito carving tools from DiamondCore Tools. Thanks for making such great tools with sharp edges & comfy handles. I’ve been “hoarding” these new tools in my studio for a little while… but figured it was finally time to break them out to share with my SURFACE DECORATION class. They all assumed they would be doing sgraffito with their own regular trimming tools… but it was a great surprise for them to give these fantastic tools a test drive!!!

And another nice little “perk” from the nice folks at DiamondCore?…
all of their carving tools come with an “extra” spare blade!!!

Categories: tools

Last Thursday night seemed like the “perfect” night to break out my newest batch of DiamondCore Carving Tools! Even more perfect as I got to share them with my students…

Categories: classes, platters, surface decoration, wheelthrowing

Prior to last week’s SURFACE DECORATION class, I threw these three large platters and added a band of black underglaze. The goal was to get them to a nice stiff leatherhard stage to be ready for our surface decoration project demo of the week. Yep… you guessed it… SGRAFFITO!!!

Categories: art fair

Another weekend, another art fair! This coming weekend will be the Hinsdale Fine Arts Show in Burlington Park. I’m excited to be headed out to the park & back to my usual booth space #69. Hoping you can stop by to say hello & maybe even give some handmade pots a good home!

Categories: classes, food

Another “yellow towel situation” in class tonight. But the last time they offered s’mores-flavored OREOs they called them “S’more OREO’s.” Which I thought was odd… like they had missed the mark?! This time they fixed the name… and now it makes a LOT more sense!

“S’mOREOs”… I mean… I thought it was obvious!!!

Categories: process, stamped, tools, vases

After stamping the stacked vase, I had to do a little trimming on the bottom. Thankfully I have my Giffin Grip which helped support the vase upside-down while I was trimming!

Categories: process, stamped, vases

After the two-part stacked vase demo, I took the tall vase up to my studio and did a bit of stamping. Always good with a little “creative camouflage” to help cover up the seam in the middle!

Categories: classes, wheelthrowing

For my Intermediate Wheelthrowing class, we tackled throwing larger pieces last week… by stacking two pieces together and then re-throwing through the attachment. There’s always a little apprehensive moment when you hold your breath & flip one over to connect them together. Hoping they fit… hoping they don’t squish… hoping they don’t flop! Luckily, the demo went pretty well… as I connected the two pieces but didn’t worry too much about the finished look as I knew there “might just” be some stamping in the near future!!!