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

Another great way to brighten up an otherwise dreary day is with some of the fantastic kid’s art murals hanging on the walls at Lillstreet.

So much color.
So much uninhibited creativity.
So much fun.
A great contrast to the grayness outside!

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Categories: color, creativity

Dear Santa,
I know we’re less than a week away, but I just saw this today…
and I need to add it to my Wish List.
Remember how much I loved Lite-Brites when I was a kid?…
well this is even better!!! It’s the same thing, but oversized for bigger kids!!!

Like me!

And if one Sants’s Helpers needs to know where to get more information…
because the Elves are in a last minute crunch…
click here for more information about LiteZilla.

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Categories: color, glaze, pottery, stamped

Here are some of the beauties that were in Monday night’s cone six glaze kiln.
Just replenishing the shelves a bit for Saturday’s Second Holiday Home Show!
Plenty of plates & platters just in time for the holidays for sharing with your family & friends!

Okay, so this also shows that I might “need to” expand my cone six color palette.
Anyone have a good cone 6 glaze recipe to share?
Hopefully a nicely saturated color glaze that pools & breaks in all the right places!!! Thanks.

Oh yeah, and the one with the big crack from my bad trimming…
and the one that I accidentally dropped a kiln post on top of.
Yep, it was stuck to the bottom of a shelf as I lifted it out… and it popped off… CRACK!!!

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Categories: color, glaze, stamped, textures

Concentric cone six circles. Some smooth, some stamped. All a beautiful shade of green!

Categories: color, seasons, weather

After last night’s first frost & dusting of snow, our trees were quick to loose their leaves. Creating beautiful carpets of color under every tree. Some beautiful mixed medleys, while others created a stunning ombre blended sidewalk.

Categories: color, production, terra cotta

Having some fun with underglazes adding details to the newest Ghoul in the collection.
Layer by layer, detail by detail, wart by wart.

Categories: color, flowers

A beautiful gradation of color to set the tone for the Fall weather we’ve been having lately. I’m not ready yet… I’m still grasping onto Summer for as long as possible!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, color, production

With my collaboration shakers coming together nicely, it was time to finish them off with some colorful flashing slips and underglazes. Since Cory McCrory’s work is so bright & whimsical, I kinda felt I had to brighten my color palette. Up my game a bit. Fingers crossed that some of these bright underglazes work well in the soda firing!!! We’ll find out tomorrow night when I unload the kiln… and then Saturday morning when they are “revealed” at ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: color, summer camp

Another colorful day of Summer Camp fun.
Painting sculptures with acrylic paint…
although I’m not totally sure what color they were trying for here?!

Categories: color, flowers

For the longest time, I presumed this wildflower you see along roadsides everywhere was called Periwinkle. Like the color, right? Makes sense. I just found out a couple weeks ago that it’s actually Chicory. Who knew? Years of biking past these flowers and I was totally wrong!!!