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

Just loaded my last bisque… had to call it “quits” on making things tonight,
for tomorrow I switch to glazing things!!! Four layers of greenware going into bisque firing. Not packed quite as tight as I would prefer, but it’s the final random pieces that just needed to be fired… including eight kinda freshly made wall vases! Fingers crossed…

Categories: kiln firing

Always good to see the code! Especially when you’re doing a bisque kiln full of your student’s fragile tulipieres!!! Always safer to have the fragile pieces bisqued than sitting around in the greenware state. Now they just need to glaze them… before adding real flowers!!!

Categories: kiln firing, process

One final glaze kiln. Four final letters.
Cool, unload and then it’s off for a Merry Christmas!!!

I’m making my list, and checking it twice… and there is still a lot of things to finish
in the next few days!!! ...did I mention LOTS?!!!

Categories: kiln firing

Just checked my kiln… so far so good. Always a sigh of relief to see that CPLT!!!

Categories: glaze, kiln firing

When my tile-making friend Mike Skiersch found out I was firing a cone six kiln… he was eager to “squeeze in” a few new glaze test tiles! Little did I know they would be so large, so perfect and so many. No worries… I’m always anxious to see some new glazes. I just hope a couple of these new recipes work out perfect… and that Mike is willing to share the recipes with me?!

Categories: bowls, glaze, kiln firing, process, production

Glazing more bowls & pots for a quick cone six kiln this weekend…
just in time to replenish the shelves for next weekend’s
“MUD & METAL” Holiday Home Show!

If all goes well, these bowls will be a beautiful green!

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired

It’s always fun to take the front door brick off the kiln. Too finally see what happened during the soda firing. Hoping to find some new treasures inside the kiln… and from the looks of the front stack… I’m pretty confident there’s more inside!!!

Categories: kiln firing

Soda mixture inserted. Cone ten dropping… and done.
Gas & air turned off. Damper closed. Done for the night.
All that’s left is a beautiful glow between the bricks.

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired

Kiln firing going smoothly. Just taking a peek through the peep to see a soft cone 8
starting to bend. Gonna start adding the soda mixture soon.

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

As expected, it took me more than “a few” hours to load the soda kiln. Shelf by shelf, pot by pot, layer by layer. But I got a LOT of pots into the kiln… and tons of tiles filling the small spaces. Bricked up the door late last night and went home for a quick “nap” and a shower… and now I’m back at the studio firing the kiln! Gonna be another long day!

Back stack…

Front stack…

And the front stack from a groovy angle!