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

Back in the studio making my favorite thing… MORE MUGS!!!
Finally getting around to finishing up the porcelain cylinders & threw & stamped last week. So I started by trimming the stamped cylinders now that they are leatherhard. After trimming, I put them back under plastic so they don’t dry out too much.

Then I pulled handles for all of them with some more porcelain. I like to set them up with the handle-curve already established.

When the handles set-up enough to work with them, and they’re no longer squishy,
I cut out the section of the handle I want to use.
A bit of scoring & slipping for the top attachment… score both sides, slip on one.

A little smoosh.. a little smudge… and a little wiggle to get it to attach well.

After smoothing the top of the handle into the mug, I then do the same to the bottom
attachment of the handle. I like to do the top one first so I can actually “see”
the curves & proportions of the handle as I attach the bottom…
cutting, altering and changing things along the way.

A little blending… a little smoothing…
until it looks like it part of the mug, and not just slapped on the side!

Score… Slip… Attach… Smooth… Repeat…
Score… Slip… Attach… Smooth… Repeat…
Score… Slip… Attach… Smooth… Repeat…

Soon enough the batch of mugs was complete.
All cylinders stamped, trimmed and now well-handled!

Even better from the side… at least I think so…

And for now they’re under wraps for the night…
so that the moisture levels can even-out a bit before I open them up to dry!

 

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

Stamping… leaving an impression…
or two, or three, or more in the porcelain!

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Categories: mugs, porcelain, process, production, stamps
Categories: mugs, porcelain, process, production

Playing with porcelain again… making more of my favorite…
MORE MUGS!!!

Categories: classes, mugs

My pottery class ROCKED it tonight!!!
It was only the second night of our new session… and they’ve already tackled
making MUGS!!! Thrown, trimmed and handles attached…
and ready to move on to bigger & better things next week!

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Categories: mugs

Always fun to see when someone is loving their mugs enough to “proclaim” it loudly on INSTAGRAM. Thanks Ally… glad you guys are enjoying your new mugs in Colorado!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Today’s “FREEBIE” prize for keen eyes… the first person find this specific mug today during MUD & METAL and tells me they saw it on social media this morning gets it for FREE!!! No strings attached… just more fun for me!!! And possibly a free mug for YOU?!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs, special events, stamped

We’re just 20 minutes away from the kick-off of
MUD & METAL : The Second Holiday Home Show!

And to celebrate today… anyone who takes a screen shot of this post
and presents it to me TODAY 12/15/18 at the Holiday Home Show
will get a FREE mug when the buy another one! BOGO limit one.

Special thanks to my friend Donnalee who shared this picture
of her own new mug in Alabama!!! Enjoy!!!

Categories: creativity, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Sad story from a customer whose mug decided to break… gravity and all… and no longer holds her morning coffee. But it does make a nice home for her cactus! Innovative way to not “let go” of her favorite mug!!! Now we just need to get her one that will still hold her coffee!!!

See the crack running from top to bottom?!!! Look close… there’s a couple!

Categories: mugs, process

Well, the first batch of mugs are wrapped, packed & ready to head off to their new homes. Thanks again to everyone who shopped during the ST. NICK’S DAY ONLINE MUG SALE. Aren’t empty clay boxes the best?!!!