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

If you see it on the Internet it HAS to be true, right?!
Well, it sounds like there will be a new OREO cookie out there soon…
and I need to get my hands on them pronto!
A mystery flavor and a chance to win fifty-thousand dollars??? I’m in!

So here’s the challenge…
the first person to get a sealed package of Mystery OREO’s to me will win a FREE MUG!!!
You can ship them, deliver them, hand them off, bring them to class, drop them off in my studio… whatever. But whoever gets them to me first WINS!!! And “when I win” the big money prize, that same winner will get a LOT more than just that free mug!!! Bring it on!!!

Categories: mugs, process, production

Things are coming together nicely… handles attached… and we now have more MUGS!!!
Next up?… some accents need to be painted on with colored flashing slips.

Categories: mugs, process, production

Wedging clay, making “carrots” and pulling handles.
You know I LOVE making mugs… and tonight they’re all coming together.

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Categories: flowers, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Okay, so I don’t drink coffee… or even tea…
so I’m always looking for new ways to use my mugs. So here’s a fun floral alternative.

#mugshotmonday

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped, stamps, textures

Spent the nigh stamping mugs in the studio. I threw the cylinders yesterday and kept them covered overnight. They were still a smidge too wet… but I unwrapped them today and gave them a few more minutes to set up before stamping.

Categories: glaze, kiln firing, mugs, production, stamped

A quick glimpse at some of the mugs that came out of my most recent cone 6 glaze kiln LATE Friday night… just in time to make their way to ART IN THE BARN. Some might have still been a bit warm?!

Categories: bowls, glaze, holiday, kiln firing, mugs

With ART IN THE BARN getting closer & closer…
and so many “Ghouls” still to make… I decided to squeeze in one more kiln firing just because I can. So I threw together some quick replenishment pieces that will get a quick cone six glaze firing early next week… just under the wire. Sure, it’s not my best packed kiln. But it does have a lot of mugs & bowls for ART IN THE BARN. As well as a little holiday surprise on the top layer!

Bisque Kiln Layer #1my favorite thing to make... mugs, mugs and more mugs!!!

Bisque Kiln Layer #2 – some stacked bowls and small trays for salt & pepper shaker sets.

Bisque Kiln Layer #3 - more bowls, more trays, and some ikebana vase tops.

Bisque Kiln Layer #4 – which in this case turned out to be a low-fire GLAZE kiln layer!!!
The green glaze is actually a low-fire clear glaze. After firing, these little pumpkins will show their true colors… warts and all.

 

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Categories: holiday, mugs, production

Celebrating the holiday today by “laboring” in my studio all day. Finishing off another batch of mugs for Mugshot Monday. Still trying to replenish inventory for ART IN THE BARN in Barrington in a few weeks!

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Categories: art fair, friends, mugs

Huge thanks to everyone who came to ART IN THE GARDEN yesterday…
like my friend Allison who snatched up this new mug! Remember, we’re open again today from 10:00am-5:00pm. Come see us in Glenview!

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Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped, textures

So I’ve gotten a few of my textured slab mugs out of the soda kiln.
They’re looking pretty sweet. Loving the all-around textures… and how the colored flashing slips are being highlighted on the high points of the textures.

These new “handbuilt-wheelthrown combo mugs” will be making their Grand Debut
at ART IN THE GARDEN this coming weekend!!! There will be a fairly limited quantity…
be sure to stop by to get your hands on one of these new mugs!!!

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