Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: process, production, soda-fired

Matching up lots of sets of salt & pepper shakers! All textured. All soda-fired.
They’re code-lettered and banded together for convenience…
and who doesn’t LOVE orange rubber bands?!

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Categories: glaze, kiln firing, process, production, studio

I have a great rolling cart in my studio that my Dad built for me years ago. Turns out that when I fill the cart with glazed work, it pretty much equals a full soda kiln. So when I’m done glazing, I need to take it downstairs on the rickety freight elevator to the kiln room. I like to add bands of masking tape to the outer edges to keep the pots safe on the shelves during transit… kinda like a masking tape “seat belt”!!!

Categories: glaze, process, production

So, I’m trying to get my act together quickly…
as I still have a LOT of glazing to do…
and I need to load the soda kiln tonight for tomorrow’s firing!

Still inlaying glaze into the stamped textures. Once it dries, I’ll wipe it out so the dark temoku glaze only stays in the stamped recesses. A light glaze over, some wadding, and they’ll all be ready to go. If only it were really that easy?!

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Categories: glaze, process

There’s something almost therapeutic about waxing the bottoms of pots. I like to use a green tinted wax so I can easily see where I’ve already waxed.

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Categories: mugs, process, production

Things are coming together nicely… handles attached… and we now have more MUGS!!!
Next up?… some accents need to be painted on with colored flashing slips.

Categories: mugs, process, production

Wedging clay, making “carrots” and pulling handles.
You know I LOVE making mugs… and tonight they’re all coming together.

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Categories: process, production, tools

Spinning. Trimming. Make my feet look so much better!
Gotta love that Giffin Grip!

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped, stamps, textures

Spent the nigh stamping mugs in the studio. I threw the cylinders yesterday and kept them covered overnight. They were still a smidge too wet… but I unwrapped them today and gave them a few more minutes to set up before stamping.

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

Always a good sign. Just one last kiln done and cooling for this weekend’s
ART IN THE BARN. Not so bad… my third kiln this week!!!

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Categories: process, production, stamped

Another batch of textured disks drying on my plastic grid. I like to elevate the grid on some wood strips so more air can get under the grid to dry the disks more evenly. Less warping makes me happy.