Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: classes, food, holiday, mugs

Last night in pottery class on July 3rd, we celebrated the Fourth a day early with FIREWORK OREOs… and in between the cookies, my students also managed to trim cylinders and make a few mugs as well.

Categories: classes, food

Last night in my adult Beginning Wheelthrowing class we tried two new flavors of OREOs! Of course the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie was yummy… but it was the Pistachio Thins that seemed to be a surprise hit. Although I’m still not entirely clear as to what “pistachio flavor” really is… and where it comes from? The nuts don’t taste like this?!!!

Categories: classes, flowers

Last night we had a “Plate & Platter” Exchange Game to celebrate the last class of the session. Many of my students struggled with getting their plates trimmed, dried, fired, glazed & fired again in time for the game. So we “freely expanded” the definition to “handmade ceramic vessels.” And I came home with this adorable little Josh Blue planter from Teresa…. all ready with a jade plant good to go!!!

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Categories: classes, glaze, platters, stamped

Last night was the last class of the Spring session of my Beginner’s Wheelthrowing class. Every session I challenge them to make a piece to trade & exchange at the final class. This session the “theme” was plates & platters. This Josh Blue & sprayed temoku plate was my entry into the Exchange Game… which one of my students gladly went home with!!!

Categories: classes, food

Tonight in my pottery class we had another sweet treat from “across the Pond.” Special thanks to Katie who “imported” these from London on her way home through Heathrow Airport. Didn’t really expect it to be a slab of chocolate wedged inside a mini OREO cookie?! Not that that’s a bad thing.

Categories: bowls, classes, glaze

Also fresh-out-of-the-kiln… the two bubble glazing demo pieces from last week’s class. My bowl had a layer of Shaner White glaze, followed by bubbles of Tom’s Purple, and then another layer of Josh Blue bubbles.

One of my students glazed her bowl with Shaner White followed by bubbles of a green stain, and a slightly dipped rim of Randy’s Green… which explains some of the blushy pink tones!

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Categories: classes, glaze

This week in my pottery class we had a LOT of glazed cups to look at… as the week before we had glazed sixty cylinders as part of our second glazing demo. So much fun to have so many different combos & results… some good, some not.

But either way, a LOT of great information for my students to share.

Here’s a quick glimpse… more to come…
and thanks to Tracey & Steve for getting them fired so fast for us!!!

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Categories: classes, food

More sweet treats for my students tonight… two NEW OREO flavors!
Tonight we had Cherry Cola OREOs and Pina Colada Thins.
One tastes a bit like a mix of summer & sunscreen…
and the other is a bit too sweet & “carbonated.”

And yes, we finished them all. Go figure.

Categories: classes, glaze

A new bin of FUN for my class tonight!!!
I’ve got the glazed cylinders from last week’s glaze demo project finished, fired and ready to share! Some good combos, some not so much. But a LOT of great “visual information” to be learned from this group glazing project.

Categories: classes, glaze, lillstreet

As Part Two to Tuesday night’s glazing demo… I challenged my students to glaze sixty cylinders in all different glaze combinations & techniques. They’re always talking about how they get overwhelmed when glazing, that each pot is too “precious” to experiment, and that they don’t see enough finished results to really make an informed decision. I’m taking all of that out of the way and I provided them with sixty bisqued cylinders to glaze… none of them “precious”!

We’re looking forward to seeing the results and comparing them to the notes we took for each one! Even if half of them turn out as a good combo I’ll be excited. They all embraced the challenge as they dipped, double-dipped, bubbled, splattered and glazed all of the cylinders. We’ll see soon enough how they all turn out!