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

Squeezing in a last-minute MUGSHOT MONDAY!!!
Only a few minutes left or else it would already be Tuesday!!!
Just another stamped & soda-fired stoneware mug…
nothing too flashy, just kinda earthy & warm.

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Categories: mugs, process, production

Under wraps for the night… so I can come back to them later to do a little smoothing & touching up. As well as adding some accents & details with a bit of colored flashing slips. Then they can be left out to dry… and then into a kiln!!!

Categories: mugs, process, production

After a productive night in the studio, we now have a dozen mugs…
ready for some colored flashing slip accents and then a quick trip to the bisque kiln!!!

Categories: mugs, process, production

Here’s the “fussy part” of doing handles… score, slip, attach, repeat.

I always start with the top attachment… then move on to the bottom attachment making sure it’s secure, lined-up and that the handle is a good proportion to the cup.

I try to smooth them in as much as possible… but know that I can do a little more refining when I come back to them. Thus another one of the reasons I keep my mugs under plastic again after attaching handles!

Categories: mugs, process, production

Making handles for the new mugs… starting with small blocks of wedged clay that I slam on the table to make these “carrot” shapes.

And then I pull my handles the old-school way, let them set-up and then attach them to my mugs!

Several steps & timing along the way…
all to make a cylinder become a MUG!!!

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped

Another batch of mugs just in time…
hoping to get them through all the steps of the process in time
to get them into my next schedule soda kiln.

So tonight I did a bit of stamping… here are the before & after shots…

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So for now they’re all stamped and back under plastic for the night. My plan is to trim them all tomorrow night… and then add handles… and then paint some colored flashing slips on them… dry… bisque… glaze… wad… all before my soda kiln deadline!!!

Categories: mugs, process, production, wheelthrowing

Okay, so I know I said that those flower pots would be the last thing before my soda-firing deadline… but I’m pretty sure I can squeeze in a quick batch of mugs too!!! You know they’re my favorite thing to make!!! So what’s another dozen…

Categories: mugs, pottery

A quick trio for MUGSHOT MONDAY…
stamped, soda-fired and just hanging out on my back porch before the rain! With a quick reminder that there are always mugs & other pots available on my blog.

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Categories: mugs, stamped

A couple mugs enjoying their new homes for another MUGSHOT MONDAY! So much fun seeing them in their new environments… with cookies, flowers, whatever!!! Keep sending me the photos… I love seeing my work actually being used in people’s homes!!!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A cute little stamped & soda-fired mug for this week’s MUGSHOT MONDAY. Totally diggin’ the colored flashing slip at the top where the grooved lines are!