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

So much fun last night with the Krenz clan playing with the clay & getting all muddy at the studio last night. As always, some were better than others… but all of them had a great time!

Suddenly not as easy as it looks…

“Maybe if I watch him doing it… it might make more sense?”

Uh… Kel’s bowl is flopping… save it… save it…

But it looks “someone” found the Mystery OREO’s a bit more enticing than throwing on the wheel.

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Categories: glaze, holiday, organization, pottery, stamped

Still wrapping up some presents… and don’t you love when the box fits perfectly?!!!
Good thing I had pizza for dinner last night.

Oh, and by the way, if this gift turns out to be yours,
please act surprised when you open it!!!

Categories: pottery, soda-fired, stamped

When asked yesterday if I had a special piece of pottery for a hallway half-table… I’m glad the answer was YES! This stamped & soda-fired piece fits perfectly on the table and will be a great catch-all for those that enter the house! Thanks Chris for sharing!

Categories: art fair, artists, friends, pottery

Huge thanks to everyone who came over yesterday for our Mud & Metal Holiday Home Show. Amy and I had so much fun playing with all of you, chatting it up and selling off a few holiday gifts for your friends & loved ones. In case you missed the festivities, here are a few tiny peeks!

Categories: color, glaze, pottery, stamped

Here are some of the beauties that were in Monday night’s cone six glaze kiln.
Just replenishing the shelves a bit for Saturday’s Second Holiday Home Show!
Plenty of plates & platters just in time for the holidays for sharing with your family & friends!

Okay, so this also shows that I might “need to” expand my cone six color palette.
Anyone have a good cone 6 glaze recipe to share?
Hopefully a nicely saturated color glaze that pools & breaks in all the right places!!! Thanks.

Oh yeah, and the one with the big crack from my bad trimming…
and the one that I accidentally dropped a kiln post on top of.
Yep, it was stuck to the bottom of a shelf as I lifted it out… and it popped off… CRACK!!!

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Categories: glaze, pottery, stamped

I unloaded my final kiln for the holidays last night! Quite a few beautiful plates & platters just in time for this Saturday’s Second Holiday Home Show. Need a quick gift or two?… c’mon by this Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: glaze, mugs, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time for another online sale!
A quick chance to grab up one of sixteen mugs!!!
The perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list… even if that someone is YOU!!!

So the plan is much like the last online sale…
I’m posting photos of all sixteen mugs here on my blog. Both sides of each mug for comparison. Some are the same on both sides, while others have some dramatic flashing effects from the soda-kiln firing!

Then this Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00am CST, I will post the “official” Photo Album on my Facebook pottery page. Once posted on Facebook, it’s gonna be a first come, first served race to the end. The first person to post a “MINE” Comment on a photo in the Facebook Photo Album with “claim” their prize. The online sale will continue until midnight Friday, December 15th.

Feel free to post comments here on the mugs, but keep in mind that ONLY the first person to Comment on Facebook will get the mug! Use this blog posting as your “window shopping” opportunity before the store opens!

Each mug is priced at $50 which includes shipping & handling (within the contiguous US please.) And remember, that all mugs are handmade and one-of-a-kind. As well as food-safe, dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe… just not gravity-safe!

Click here to go to my pottery Facebook page. Be sure to click LIKE so you’re ready for the big sale this Wednesday!

Mug 1 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 2 – soda-fired porcelain

Mug 3 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 4 – cone 6 glazed stoneware

Mug 5 – soda-fired porcelain

Mug 6 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 7 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 8 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 9 – soda-fired porcelain

Mug 10 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 11 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 12 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 13 – cone 6 glazed stoneware

Mug 14 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 15 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 16 – soda-fired stoneware

 

 

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Categories: art fair, mugs, pottery, soda-fired

Here’s a quick peek at the mugs that will be going up for sale this Wednesday, December 6th to celebrate St. Nick’s Day. I will post better photos here on my blog tomorrow so you can see both sides of each mug. But then early Wednesday morning I will open up the sale on my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page. It will be first-come, first-claimed. Feel free to comment on these photos, but don’t even try to claim them ahead of time. Have fun looking, choose your favorites, and then shop on Facebook early Wednesday morning to snatch-up your mug.

So remember, there’s no pre-sale calling of dibs. No “claiming” of the mugs ahead of time here on the website. Only the Facebook Comments to claim them starting Wednesday morning after I place the official sale kick-off on Facebook,

More details to come… but in the meantime, click here for my Facebook page and hit FOLLOW… so you’re all ready to go on Wednesday!!!

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Categories: photography, pottery, stamped

Seven Days & Seven Photos in black & white of your everyday life.
No explanation, no people. Challenge a friend to join everyday.

Day 6 of 7. I was challenged by my friends Barb Duro & Pam Walden.
Today I challenge Pamela Johnson-Howe.

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Categories: art fair, holiday, pottery

It’s Day Two of the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!
The sun is shining, so much better than yesterday!
We’re all decked out for Christmas with tons of pots for your holiday gift list.
We’re open from 10:00am-6:00pm. C’mon by!

FIRE WHEN READY POTTERY
1353 West Rosemont #3, Chicago IL 60660