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

So I made a deal with my students this session… that anyone who made a wheelthrown ornament like the demo… could have it fired in my soda firing next weekend. So far, it looks like only Christine will be taking me up on “the deal” with these little cuties!

Categories: ornaments, production

Finished detailing another batch of holiday ornament with some colored flashing slips…
heading their way into next weekend’s soda kiln during! Fingers crossed…

Categories: ornaments, process, production

Working on another batch of Christmas ornaments.
Still need to add the cap & ring… and then some colored flashing slip accents!

Categories: ornaments, process, production

Another batch of Christmas ornaments in the making.
Only 70 days until Christmas… I’m just sayin’!!!

Categories: ornaments, process, production, soda-fired

A lot of people ask me how I fire my wheelthrown ornaments. Well, I also make little tripods for them to e propped up on in the soda kiln. I dip the tips in kiln wash so they don’t stick to the ornament too much after firing. This way, I can get some nice soda flashings on all sides of the ornament…. and not really see where the prop points were. And yes, I make new tripods for every firing!

Categories: glaze, ornaments

Still in my studio glazing… a lot of pieces are wadded & done on my shelves. But it seems like there’s always more to glaze… like this batch of holiday ornaments! Some with colored slip, and some with sprayed glaze accents!

Categories: ornaments, process, production

After a bit of detailing with colored flashing slips, these ornaments are now drying
and ready for a bisque kiln. They will then be carefully propped-up on a little
handmade tripods in the soda kiln.

Categories: ornaments, process, production

Finished trimming & assembling another batch of ornaments…
now just need to do a little more detailing with colored flashing slips
before they get soda-fired!

Categories: ornaments, wheelthrowing

After throwing all of the cylinders I’ll need for my collaboration project…
I still had some time & some clay.

It’s never too soon to start making Christmas ornaments, right???

Categories: artists, ornaments

While taking down my Christmas tree, I found this sweet little ornament that came as a gift this year from Alabama. It was such a hectic time of year, it was great to “find it again” to enjoy the textures & sweet simplicity! Thanks Donnalee… you’re an ANGEL!!!