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

Two sgraffito carved porcelain platters ready to be bisque fired.
So fun carving through the band of black slip with my DiamondCore Tools.
Crisp lines & sharp carvings!

Categories: creativity, food, platters, stamped

So much fun to see this pop-up in my INSTAGRAM feed… thanks to Ria V. Ceramics for sharing her “yummy masterpiece” on one of my stamped & glazed platters! Seriously?… you can only smile when you see this!!! SIMPLY BRILLIANT!!!

Direct from her INSTA feed…
My @firewhenreadypottery platter came in handy today when I was looking for
something to use for my fruit platter. The design didn’t quite turn out the way
I wanted it to… but it was still eaten!

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Categories: classes, platters, stamped

So then this happened tonight!!!
I subbed for the Thursday night Soda Firing Class at Lillstreet.
We did a lot of chatting, solving all of the question of the pottery world…
and did a little stamping along the way!

Categories: platters, stamped

Looks like someone has been paying attention in class?! One of my students did a bit of stamping this past Tuesday night… and her plates are looking AMAZING!!! Well done Michelle!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Always fun to see where your pottery goes off to… like this pair of porcelain sgraffito platters that found their way into this beautiful home in Indiana! Hope you love them Marilynn!

Categories: art fair, bowls, platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Ready for a great Saturday at the PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL
today until 4:00pm. I’ve restocked the shelves… and these are the last of the new sgraffito pieces!!! For now any way… pretty sure I’ll be making more!!!

Categories: art fair, glaze, platters, porcelain, sgraffito

So I just unloaded one last kiln before this weekend’s PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL… and I kinda “promised” pictures of the glazed sgraffito platters that I showed in process a couple days ago. Well, here they are… and I’m kind of surprised & enamored by the amber tenmoku ones. I’m diggin’ em! Keep in mind there aren’t that many… just multiple shots & angles of a few… so plan your shopping accordingly! If they go well this weekend I’m pretty sure there will be more in future kilns!!!

And again, here’s the show information if you want to head out to Naperville to kick-off your art fair shopping season!

Categories: art fair, glaze, platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Just finished glazing & loading a bunch of new pots for this weekend’s art fair invitational in Naperville… including a few of these new porcelain sgraffito platters that will be making their BIG ART FAIR DEBUT this weekend! Just a few pieces with the new sgraffito style, so come early!!! Here they are shown both bisqued & glazed… I’ll try to show a comparison photo after the glaze firing too!

Platter One

Platter Two

Platter Three

And here’s some info about this weekend’s art fair… come early for tacos too!!!
Click here for more information for the PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL.

Categories: classes, food, glaze, platters, stamped, textures

To celebrate the last class of our LILLSTREET THROWDOWN class, we threw another potluck. And I decided to make a cheesecake… with homemade hot fudge… on a handmade platter. I considered it my own personal “throwdown.”

Categories: platters, process, stamped

Another platter ready to be stamped. I like to call it “on the soft side of leatherhard” when I stamp. It’s dry enough to not be sticky or floppy, but still wetter and more malleable than when you would normal trim the plate.

And then the stamping fun began…

Round & round & round…

And the tools that did all the work… two clay stamps, a wooden tool... and my fingers!