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

POTTERY FLASHBACK! So my good friends wanted to get their granddaughter some new pottery. Apparently, Sarah has been “complaining” that everyone else in the family has “nice Gary pottery” and all she got stuck with was “The Ugly Mug”!!! It was this stamped amber mug that Sarah had at home… while everyone else thought it was a different “ugly” mug?!!!

Turns out a different family member had the original “Ugly Mug”… from early on in my pottery career even before stamping!!!

Either way, “ugly” or not… Sarah ended up with some new bright blue pottery to add to her collection thanks to Rosene & Gerry. Hopefully overshadowing & wiping away the memory of Sarah’s original “ugly” pottery!!!

Categories: friends, mugs, pottery

Uh oh… another one bites the dust!!!

And this one is a bit painful.
It was the very first mug that my very first art fair friends ever got from me! It has lived a long life with them… as you can tell by this earlier “style” with minimal stamping and too much glaze for a good soda-firing?! Luckily, they have more than PLENTY of my newer pottery pieces in their house… and I’m sure they’ll get more!!!

Sad day & sad mug Rosene!

Categories: pottery, process, textures, vases

Celebrating another TEXTURE TUESDAY with a few close-up detail shots! Crackled slip textures thanks to the magic of sodium silicate!

Categories: pottery, production, textures, vases

Here’s a few more shots of the crackled slip vases I made since class last Thursday. For these, I used colored flashing slips to see what happens to them when fired in the soda kiln. It’s been a fun process to play with… creating different textures & patterns that “magically appear” as the pots are bulged out and the slip begins to crackle!

Categories: pottery, production, textures, vases

So when I shared this crackled slip technique with my class last Thursday morning… they asked if I thought it might work its way into my own body of work. I scoffed and said “I don’t think so.”

But I posted some class demo pictures online and they got some good loving… and then THIS happened!!! Looks like maybe I should not have scoffed so quickly…

Categories: food, friends, holiday, mugs, platters, pottery, stamped

Looks like Kristy & Matt had a special Valentine’s Day last weekend… celebrating with sweet treats and some sweet pottery! Thanks for sharing your special day with all of us!

Categories: pottery, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Looks like someone found the perfect napkin holder… employing one of my stamped & soda-fired oval vases with the perfect fit!

Categories: friends, mugs, pottery, stamped

And to quote a text from my friend Pammy…
“Your mug brightens my ho-hum day.”

Glad I could be there for her!!!

Categories: food, glaze, mugs, pottery, stamped

More snow means more shoveling… which also means more hot chocolate!!! Which is really just the “vehicle” to get more marshmallows into my mouth!!!

Luckily, I have more in the kitchen… as pottery classes at Lillstreet have been cancelled for tonight & tomorrow morning due to the snowstorm!!!

Categories: friends, pottery

Well, this cuteness is sure to boost my algorithms, right?!
This is little Benjamin… or Benno… adorable son of Molly & Jacob! You may remember previous posts about “Team Lavender” students in many of my pottery classes… like the last LILLSTREET THROWDOWN.

And… if you look REALLY CLOSE at the top left corner of the next picture… really close… you can see a couple of the ceramic baby blocks the THROWDOWN class made for them as a baby gift a year ago!

My how time flies & kids grow-up… even during a pandemic!!!