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

Did a little glazing tonight… and kinda loving how the sprayed glazes
bead-up so quickly on the pre-waxed bottom!

Categories: bowls, family, food, glaze, stamped

My cousin Kim likes to grow them, but doesn’t like to eat them!
So this is where I come in… enjoying the fruits of her labors!
Loving how much homegrown vegetables taste so much better than store-bought… and EVEN BETTER when stored in a beautiful bowl?!!! Just sayin’…

Categories: glaze, process, production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So it was a VERY late night in my studio last night as I was underglazing colors & dots all over the sugar skulls long after Summer Camp. And then a very early return to the studio as I needed to get all of them glazed in the spray booth with a low-fire clear glaze and load them into the kiln BEFORE Summer Camp started this morning! Accomplished with just minutes to spare.

So for now, the kiln is on and my fingers are crossed… as I hope they all turn out great and make a big splash this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN in Glenview.

Categories: bowls, food, friends, glaze, stamped

Looks like it’s a fresh-picked morning in Pittsburgh!
Beautiful blackberries fresh off the vine… and into a cheery summer green bowl!

Thanks Jody… enjoy your homegrown treats!!!

Categories: glaze, mugs, stamped

Celebrating a little MUGSHOT MONDAY after the storm!
Huge winds & heavy rain blew right through The Windy City taking down trees, power lines and so much more! I hope that everyone is safe after this crazy weather incident. I know we have trees down, branches & leaves everywhere… but still safe & healthy! All good here.

Categories: glaze, studio
Categories: glaze, lillstreet

We’re all enjoying the natural light coming through the skylights in the new & improved Glaze Room at Lillstreet Art Center. So much larger now so there’s plenty of room to keep your distance… and get some glazing done at the same time! Plus, now we have a sign-up for a glazing time-slot system to keep the traffic down, time to clean & sanitize… and to keep everyone safe & socially-distant!

Categories: classes, friends, glaze, process, production

One of the best parts of “kiln firing day” is I can also get a lot of “busy-work” done around the studio. Like spraying these baby building blocks with a layer of clear glaze. If you remember, these were leftover from the end of our Winter session and my Lillstreet Throwdown class. We made them as a surprise gift for Molly & Jacob who are expecting their first child. We finished building them at the end of class, and they were bisqued soon after that. And there they sat on the shelf as the pandemic took hold.

Sure, I was working in the studio. Sure, I could have glazed these any time over the past three and a half months… but of course I kept putting it off. Well, they’re FINALLY glazed… and ready to be fired again! The “Team Lavender Baby” is due in six weeks… so I had plenty of time. Could have easily procrastinated a few more weeks!!!

Categories: glaze, process, production

Just a few of the pots that made their way into the soda kiln last night. All glazed, wadded & ready to go. I’ve figured out that a “full” cart of glazed & wadded pieces pretty much equals a full soda kiln… thanks to my handmade studio cart with adjustable shelved made by my Dad several years ago!


The strips of masking tape work as a “seat belt” to keep the pots from jumping off the cart as I roll out of my studio, down the freight elevator and along some uneven flooring to get to the kiln room!

Categories: glaze, process, production

Tenmoku glaze inlaid into the stamped impressions on these flower pots. I paint the glaze on… and then wipe off the top surface so the glaze stays only in the impressions!