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

Sometimes reclaiming clay seems like a never-ending process. Just as soon as I empty out the “big bucket of goo” onto my large plaster bat… the big bucket gets filled up again with dried clay awaiting its turn to slake down.

Categories: clay, process, studio

It’s a New Year and I’m still cleaning up a bit from last year…
taking care of some clay that got a bit too dry.
So I cut it thin, squished it flat, and bent it up so the pile would dry quickly.

Tonight I pulverized it a bit to make it easier to reclaim the clay.
So for now everything is in my reclaim bucket saturated with water.

Categories: clay, holiday

They say small things come in small packages… and they’re right!
But who knew that Continental Clay had smaller boxes?
I’m so accustomed to lugging around those 50lb. boxes!!!

Special thanks to my cousins in Minnesota for the mini clay box…
and the Holiday Gift Card enclosed!!!

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Categories: clay, process, studio

After another fun day at summer camp, I spent the afternoon wedging & bagging up
my latest batch of reclaimed clay. A little “muscle” and now I’ve got a LOT of free clay!!!
Another good day.

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Categories: clay

My camp kids loved this one… a random hand found in the clay reclaim bucket!!!

Apparently the adult sculpture class was responsible…
with a class demo hand by teacher Robin Power tossed in the night before.

Categories: clay, process, production, studio

With another art fair in the books, it’s time to clean my studio, pull out a big batch of clay to reclaim… and start back in on production for my next big art fair!

Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

Yesterday was a bit messy as the kids tackled wheelthrowing with terra cotta. A bit messier than stoneware, but still a bunch of slimey-gooey-muddy fun!!! Even when the top of your cylinder gets pinched off by pressing too hard!!!

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Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

It was the “calm before the storm” this morning as it was terra-cotta day at a Wheelthrowing Summer Camp today. Notice how “clean” everything starts out… before the kids arrive!

Categories: clay, summer camp

Today was the first day of another Wheelthrowing Summer Camp. We have a large plaster bat that we affectionately call “The Graveyard” for all of the dead pots that didn’t quite make it. Usually it’s just a bunch of squishy clay, but today Mister Muddy made an appearance!!!

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Categories: clay, process, production

Spinning… Trimming… and Trimming some more!!!
I LOVE TRIMMING!!!
And I love my Giffin Grip!!!