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

One step closer to a new soda kiln… torn down. cleaned up and a new fresh floor! Ready for some bricks to be stacked, packed & arched. Coming together this weekend thanks to several able-bodied kiln builders!

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Categories: kiln firing, lillstreet

SO glad I squeezed my last firing in before they tore down the soda kiln at Lillstreet.
Just another kiln rebuild for our faithfully fired, fired and fired again for years.
New & improved soda kiln coming soon in just a couple weeks!

 

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Categories: kiln firing, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Here’s a quick peek at a few of the mugs that came out of this week’s soda kiln. Some beautiful colors & soda effects… and a crazy cool flashing mark on one of them!!! Not sure how it happened… nor if I like it yet. I must have had something sitting too close to it in the kiln.

What do you think about the crazy flashing mark?

Categories: kiln firing

So I’m nearing the end of my soda firing today! It was a nice & even firing the whole way through. Always a good feeling when you get to the end and turn it off. So quiet. For tomorrow is a “Fun Day” while the kiln cools!

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Categories: kiln firing, ornaments, process

Many people have asked how I fire my holiday ornaments. I tell them “upside-down.” Well, here’s the real secret revealed… I prop them up on a tripod I make out of clay, bisque and dip in kiln wash. A little balancing trick so I can get soda-fired effects around all sides of the ornament. Hope it was worth the wait!!!

Categories: kiln firing

It takes awhile to load the soda kiln. Especially when you’re doing it by yourself. Lots of pots & lots of shelves. It’ pretty much like a large 3D game of Tetris. Packing as much in as you can… but keeping space for the air & soda to flow through.

Here’s the back stack of the soda kiln… a third of the space filled.
More pots. More shelves to come

And then the bottom “floor” layer of the front stack…

And then finally, a few hours later, the front stack is piled up and ready to brick up the door.

And the top cone pack to watch throughout the firing. Each pyrometric cone is a different density so they melt at different temperatures. When the last cone goes down you know you’re done wit the firing. Very hi-tech!!!!

 

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Categories: kiln firing

An empty kiln full of potential.

Categories: kiln firing, production

One last bisque kiln loaded and firing. Time to start glazing the pieces that came out
of my previous kilns… as my next soda firing is THIS WEEKEND!!! Yikes…
fire fast, cool faster… quick!!!

Bisque Kiln Layer #1 – mugs, flower pots, soap dispensers and square vases (upside down).

Bisque Kiln Layer #2 – stacks of serving bowls, cups… and one class demo ornament!

Bisque Kiln Layer #3 – mugs, teapots, bowls, and square vases

Bisque Kiln Layer #3 and a half – a half layer with small plates & square vases

Bisque Kiln Layer #4 – another half layer with a stack of stamped platters.

And I love when the kiln is packed pretty tight all the way up to the top.
Just a smidge of air space between these platters and the lid when it comes down!

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Categories: glaze, kiln firing, production, stamped

A little late-night glazing last night…
just one last kiln firing for this Saturday’s Holiday Home Show!
Mostly plates & platters coming out in fun cone six colors just in time for the big party!
This Saturday 12/16 at my place from 10:00am-6:00pm! C’mon by!!!

 

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Categories: kiln firing

Door bricked. Peeps pulled. Kiln cooling. Unloading tonight.