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

Gotta LOVE these four letters!!!…
always comes with a small sigh of relief!!!

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

My most recent bisque kiln layer by layer… getting ready to start glazing for my next soda kiln which is just two weeks away! Yikes!!! Not my tightest packing ever… but I needed to move things along as I’m still making more pieces for the next bisque!

Bisque Kiln Layer #1 –

Bisque Kiln Layer #2 –

Bisque Kiln Layer #3 –

Bisque Kiln Layer #4 –

Categories: bowls, classes, kiln firing, stamped

Another bisque kiln was unloaded this morning… and it had the sixteen “not-so-basic-bowls” from last week’s class demo in it. So here they are… including the basket I added a handle to. So now it looks like I’ve got a bit of glazing to do?!!!

Ugh. My least favorite part.

Categories: kiln firing

The best four letters to see when you get to the studio. Just hoping that everything inside looks “ghoulishly amazing”!!! Still too hot right now… but hopefully I can unload it later today after Summer Camp! And if all goes as planned… the newest member of THE GHOULS COLLECTION will be headed to Glenview this weekend for ART IN THE GARDEN!!!

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired, stamped

Just a few more quick pics from my soda kiln! These pieces were the ones facing the front door… where they get blasted with a bit more soda than the rest of the kiln. Loving some of the colored flashing slip effects & the textured orange-peel surfaces!

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired

Okay, so now that my taxes are finally done… I’ve got a second to breath… and share a picture from my soda kiln opening on Monday night. People have been asking… it turned out great. More photos to come!!!

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

Another layer of bricks coming off as the kiln cooling continues… encouraged by this new view into the kiln! Especially on this another Mugshot Monday!

Categories: kiln firing

Popped the top. Cooling the kiln… getting ready to unload tonight!

Categories: kiln firing

After a full day of firing, it’s always a little nerve-wracking to me to turn the kiln off. It’s been going all day, flames shooting out everywhere with the fan & gas valves making a good amount of noise. So it’s a big change when you turn it off and it’s suddenly silent!!! Just hope you’ve actually done all you can.

Also great to look at the digital pyrometer kiln at the end to see the difference top-to-bottom… for this firing it was just 15-degrees! Sweet!!! Can’t wait for it to cool now… so I can unload to see the new “treasures” Monday night!

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

Pretty exciting when you’re adding the soda mixture into the kiln… it’s already in reduction… and somehow the flames find their way of to shoot out of every nook & cranny!