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

My original plan was to have these sgraffito platters ready for my first art fair in April. Well, that’s been cancelled… but I’m still trying to stay on top of things. So here’s some of my latest sgraffito fun in the studio. Working on a few platters using my favorite DiamondCore carving tools!

Platter #1

Platter #2

Platter #3

Platter #4

Platter #5

Categories: platters, production, sgraffito, tools

Getting ready for a little geometric sgraffito carving session… made so much easier with my DiamondCore carving tools. Gotta get these plates decorated before they dry out too much! And who knows what the next couple days might bring?

Categories: platters, process, production, stamped, stamps, wheelthrowing

Still staying safe… still social distancing… still trying to get some work done. I’m hoping that when all this craziness passes… people will be flooding to the art fairs to stock-up on some new pottery… and I want to be ready!!! Until then, I’m gonna keep making pots to help keep my own “sanity.” I hope everyone out there is staying safe, staying strong & staying healthy!!!

Categories: platters, stamped, stamps

Celebrating TEXTURE TUESDAY with a little stamped texture around the rim of this platter. Stamp by stamp. One by one… by one… by one!!!

Categories: platters, porcelain, process, production

Painting black slip on white porcelain… kinda antithetical,
but setting up a good “canvas” for a little sgraffito carving!

So it’s never quite as easy as you would think.. it takes several layers and several paintbrushes full of black slip before you start to get a nice even banded layer. But with a bit of paintbrush perseverance…. I finally got them done, back under plastic waiting for them to set-up a bit more… and then some day soon I’ll start carving some sgraffito patterns into the black banded areas!

Categories: food, platters, stamped

Looks like my friend Nancy made an amazing dinner tonight… and healthy too…
but “maybe-just-maybe” that platter has something to do with it?!
Thanks Nancy for sharing the photo!

Categories: nature, platters, stamped, stamps, textures

It’s another Texture Tuesday… and another two-fer!
One in the studio and one at the Conservatory.

Categories: food, holiday, platters, stamped

I mean… who doesn’t enjoy a few lazy days after the “hectic-ness” Christmas?!
Relaxing, watching TV, playing with friends and enjoying a few yummy snacks
along the way!!!

Categories: food, friends, platters

Not quite sure what this tasty morsel is… but it sure does look YUMMY!!! And I’m pretty darn sure that plate only makes it taste better!!! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Well lookey here… look what I just brought home from the studio!!! Just in time for tomorrow’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW. Sure, most people do sgraffito’d porcelain in black & white… but I think color is more fun!!! Limited quantities… these might go fast?!!!