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

Celebrating NATIONAL TACO DAY at Big Star in Wicker Park. My first time there.
Great fun, great food and keeping the “fun” in Queso Fundido!!! Muy bueno!!!

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Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to ART IN THE BARN this weekend.
Taking on the heatwave to support your favorite artists. I know many of us felt like these Zombies after two days in the sultry-steamy-sweaty weather. But it was so much fun to see everyone again. So many good customers, artist friends, family and Zombie Hunters!!!

If you’re off to a good start on your own Ghouls Collection,
I’d love to see a photo of them when you bring them out for the season!
Shoot me an e-mail with your photos – gary@firewhenreadypottery.com. Thanks!

Categories: holiday, terra cotta

Here’s the Big Reveal… a new ZOMBIE has been added to The Ghouls Collection.
The “walking dead” are headed towards Barrington this weekend! The latest addition to The Ghouls Collection… perfect for your whimsically creepy Halloween decor!

 

Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

Look who’s crawling out of the kiln!!!
The thronging masses of Zombies have gathered and are heading towards ART IN THE BARN in Barrington this weekend. Limited Edition of forty… get ‘em before they die again!!!

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Categories: holiday, terra cotta

So you might be wondering what other “creatures” are part of The Ghouls Collection
so here’s a little family portrait.

Keep in mind that they were all created as a Limited Edition of forty…
except for the pumpkins which keep sprouting up every season!
At this point, many of the characters have already been retired.
Coming back to ART IN THE BARN will be this year’s newest creature, a bunch of pumpkins, as well as the few Witches & Black Widow Spiders that are still left.

And yet still plenty of room for the newest Ghoul in this family portrait… coming soon!

 

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Categories: art fair, holiday

Also coming to ART IN THE BARN… festive holiday necklaces for the kids! With more candy corn pendants and adding new bloodshot eyeballs into the mix… joining the pumpkins, skulls & ghosts. Even the kids should have a chance to enjoy the art fair and buy their own wearable artwork!!! Special pricing if you’re 10 or younger!

Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

Freshly fired in the kiln… these little gourds are headed to ART IN THE BARN this weekend!
They started as one of the first pieces in “The Ghouls Collection.” But they were just too friggin’ cute to retire. So I’ve continued to make more pumpkins every year while the rest of the Ghouls are “retired” when they sell out. A limited edition for the Ghouls… but the pumpkins just keep sprouting up!!!

Okay, “maybe” this one might be staying at home in my own Pumpkin Patch?! Too cute.

 

Categories: glaze, holiday

Some more festive pumpkins to replenish the Halloween stock.
Under the low-fire clear glaze (which looks green now) there are the real pumpkin colors!

Categories: bowls, glaze, holiday, kiln firing, mugs

With ART IN THE BARN getting closer & closer…
and so many “Ghouls” still to make… I decided to squeeze in one more kiln firing just because I can. So I threw together some quick replenishment pieces that will get a quick cone six glaze firing early next week… just under the wire. Sure, it’s not my best packed kiln. But it does have a lot of mugs & bowls for ART IN THE BARN. As well as a little holiday surprise on the top layer!

Bisque Kiln Layer #1my favorite thing to make... mugs, mugs and more mugs!!!

Bisque Kiln Layer #2 – some stacked bowls and small trays for salt & pepper shaker sets.

Bisque Kiln Layer #3 - more bowls, more trays, and some ikebana vase tops.

Bisque Kiln Layer #4 – which in this case turned out to be a low-fire GLAZE kiln layer!!!
The green glaze is actually a low-fire clear glaze. After firing, these little pumpkins will show their true colors… warts and all.

 

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Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

With autumn right around the corner, and ART IN THE BARN in week or so, it was time to start replenishing the pumpkin patch. Whimsical terra cotta pumpkins just in time for ART IN THE BARN and the upcoming holidays!

Next up in the studio… the newest addition to “The Ghouls Collection”!