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

Another batch of mugs. Another round of stamping.
I had a customer request a certain color glazed mug the other day… and when I checked my mug inventory, I was a little surprised to NOT have any on the color she wanted. So I’m back making more of my favorites… thanks to Rosene for a little mug motivation!

So here’s the latest batch of mugs-in-the-making. Porcelain cylinders thrown and then stamped… and the stamps that did the magic!!!

Mug A

Mug B

Mug C

Mug D

Mug E

Mug F

Mug G

Mug H

Mug I

Mug J

Mug K

So for now they’re all under plastic for the evening. Plan is to get them all trimmed tomorrow, make some more things… and then if all goes as planned, maybe even get handles on these tomorrow as well. Hard to work when your fingers are crossed.

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Categories: porcelain, production, stamped, textures

Fun with circles. Concentric. Spiral. Rings.
Some in porcelain, some in soda clay.
People keep “guessing” that some of my pieces might be trivets.
Just to set the record straight… these are in fact going to be trivets!!!
Actual, legitimate hot-plate trivets!!!

Categories: classes, porcelain, tools

So I subbed this morning for Lisa’s advanced class. At their request, we worked on lidded oval casseroles as they had seen my Beginners working on theirs here on Facebook. After the oval demo, some of them were carving & adding surface decorations. I ran upstairs to grab my new Zebra Carving Tools from my studio. They loved them too! As you can see here by the little leaves Deborah was carving on the side of her porcelain jar.

And the sketch that started it all…

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Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

Happy Monday. Happy Mugshot.
Another stamped & soda-fired porcelain mug in the mix.

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Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

A sweet little soda-fired porcelain cup fresh from the kiln!

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Categories: artists, mugs, porcelain

Last night was the opening of the new Mugshot Monday Show at the Lillstreet Gallery.
It was a nice collection of mugs as curated through the many potters who post on Instagram for #mugshotmondays.

I was totally transfixed by these highly “constructed” mugs by Colby Charpentier.
Such an amazing assemblage of porcelain parts & pieces… like these…

In the end… this masterpiece will soon be joining my own Mug Collection!!! WHOO-HOO!!!

And then after snatching up the incredibly complex mug….
I decided to add yet another mug… much more simple & subtle… and unintentionally sticking with a monochromatic porcelain theme with this understated beauty by Bianka Groves.

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Categories: porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

Looks like my friend Nancy has been enjoying some sweet sips in one of my stamped porcelain cups. Quite similar to my earlier post when I was enjoying some pre-Christmas eggnog. Different tastes for different people. Like I’ve said before… I have the palate of a four year old!

 

Categories: artists, porcelain, process

Here’s a great how-to video of Jennifer McCurdy playing with her porcelain and making it do things you won’t believe. Amazing carving, nice use of a “scrubbie” and a great upside-down trick that is just gravity-defying!!!

Click here to see the Jennifer McCurdy video on YouTube.

Categories: bowls, food, holiday, porcelain, stamped

And here’s what’s left AFTER you’ve pulled all of the red & green ones out!!!

Categories: food, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

While running holiday errands today I “just happened” to pick-up a yummy bottle of egg nog. Couldn’t wait to break it open… and it’s good for me, right? It’s a dairy product… for strong teeth and bones! Ha!!!

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