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

Well, here it is… my fired soda kiln last night waiting to be unloaded.
So much fun taking it apart shelf by shelf, brick-by-brick… finding tons of treasures
along the way! To see everything that was inside, you’ll need to come
to my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW this weekend!!!

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired, stamped

First sneak peek into the kiln… cooling… unloading tonight!!!
Let the treasure hunt begin!!!

Categories: kiln firing

My soda kiln firing is going smoothly so far. Temperatures seem pretty close top to bottom… as the cones are falling slowly with cute little flames popping out here & there through the bricks!

Categories: kiln firing, mugs, pottery, process, production

After a couple hours of “Pottery Tetris”… I finally got my soda kiln filled to the brim last night. Lots of pots & ornaments that will be coming out just in time for next weekend’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

The Back Stack…

The Front Stack…

Categories: kiln firing

An empty kiln filled with tons of potential.
Loaded with tons of pots last night… and firing all day today!

Categories: kiln firing, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

A first glimpse of the newest member of THE GHOULS COLLECTION!!!
A limited-edition of forty in BATS to join the rest of the creepy characters!
Assorted color combinations each with a slightly different personality!

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

It took two electric kilns to get all of the Ghouls, Pumpkins & Jack-o’-Lanterns in to be fired.
Two kilns at the same time… so good to see these four letters TWICE!!!
A huge sigh of relief… can’t wait to crack them open to see the results!!!
And to pack everything up for ART IN THE BARN just in the nick of time!!!

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired

So my soda kiln firing seemed to go well yesterday. Fired very smoothly without any problem. So much fun to see it when the kiln is in reduction at the top temperatures and you’re adding the soda mixtures to create this fiery “explosion” shooting out everywhere!!! A magical moment… hopefully creating its own magic on my pots inside!!!

We’ll find out tomorrow night when I unload the kiln!!!
And so the waiting begins…

Categories: kiln firing

So far so good. I started the soda kiln this morning and we already have some good color in the top peep hole. Can’t wait for those darn cones to start melting!!!

Categories: kiln firing, pottery, process, production, soda-fired

With ART IN THE BARN next weekend, I tried my best to pack the kiln full of new pots that will be headed out to Barrington!!! Packed tight with a LOT of pots!!! It’s gonna be a long firing to “push” the soda through all of the pots. I’ll be soda-firing all day tomorrow… “plenty of time” before the art fair!