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

Getting ready to unload a bisque kiln. Not my tightest nor well-packed kiln,
but pretty pleased that it all came so close to the top. And more importantly…
everything looks to be in one piece, even though I kind of rushed this one!

Categories: art fair, bowls, glaze, kiln firing, stamped

After this morning’s sunrise bike ride, I swung by the studio to unload one last kiln for this weekend’s ART IN THE GARDEN. And I was quite pleased with these large bowls. These green glazes worked perfectly with the stamping… pooling, breaking & running in all the right places! Can’t wait to show these off and to send a few off to good homes… maybe with a little add-on thanks to my “cohort in crime” Cory McCrory!!!

Categories: collaborations, kiln firing

One final kiln now cooling for this weekend’s ART IN THE GARDEN.
Hoping to find a few more “treasures” inside… as well as the last of the
collaboration pieces I’ve been working on with my buddy Cory McCrory!

Categories: kiln firing, soda-fired

Fired, cooled and door bricks removed… everything looks good so far!!!
Can’t wait to see all of the “treasures” hidden inside.
And yes, all of the flat pieces that I was concerned about look GREAT!!!

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

Now THAT’s a lot of pots… a lot of flat pieces AND a lot of shelves!!!
I’ve never fired a soda-kiln with so many flat pieces. I hope that they all get “kissed”
with some nice soda atmosphere for some fun flashing effects. Fingers crossed.

Categories: kiln firing

I started this weekend with a lot of work ahead of me.
One empty soda kiln waiting to be stacked & fired…
which means a LOT of pots to glaze, wad & load before that can happen!


Categories: artists, kiln firing

One of the side “perks” of doing the whole Pottery Tour thing is watching for the signs
along the road just north of Taylors Falls for The Rogue Potters. A fun group of potters
making their own way… with a great, “well-seasoned” wood kiln and a really cool
brick chimney going right through the roof!!




Categories: kiln firing, stamped

Unloaded my latest bisque kiln early this morning.
Looks like another fun “project” well under way! Details to come…

Categories: kiln firing, lillstreet

Well, the soda kiln has been re-built at Lillstreet. So excited to get it back in action with a first “christening” classroom firing this weekend. Always fun to see the “clean” bricks become soda-glazed after that first firing. Huge thanks to everyone who did the work to make this kiln re-build a swift reality!

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!