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

Well, the first batch of mugs are wrapped, packed & ready to head off to their new homes. Thanks again to everyone who shopped during the ST. NICK’S DAY ONLINE MUG SALE. Aren’t empty clay boxes the best?!!!

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

Glazing more bowls & pots for a quick cone six kiln this weekend…
just in time to replenish the shelves for next weekend’s
“MUD & METAL” Holiday Home Show!

If all goes well, these bowls will be a beautiful green!

Categories: bowls, glaze, process, production

Early morning waxing bottoms! Trying to crank out some new work for next weekend’s Holiday Home Show “MUD & METAL.” A second chance to check someone off your holiday gift list… pottery by me or beautiful silver jewelry by Amy Taylor on December 15th & 16th!

Categories: art fair, pottery, process

We’re just over a week away… from the kick-off of the holiday shopping season!
My HOLIDAY HOME SHOW is always the week before Thanksgiving.
What better holiday gift than some handmade pottery???

So I’m trying my best to get my postcards out in the mail before it’s too late!!!

Categories: ornaments, process, production, tools

Doing a little trimming on the bottom of the ornament I threw as a “throwing-off-the-hump” demo for my class. So much easier with my Giffin Grip holding it tight, spinning it fast!

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

As expected, it took me more than “a few” hours to load the soda kiln. Shelf by shelf, pot by pot, layer by layer. But I got a LOT of pots into the kiln… and tons of tiles filling the small spaces. Bricked up the door late last night and went home for a quick “nap” and a shower… and now I’m back at the studio firing the kiln! Gonna be another long day!

Back stack…

Front stack…

And the front stack from a groovy angle!

Categories: process, textures, tiles

Spent part of my day yesterday wadding individual tiles for the soda kiln. Each and every tile… one by one… wad, wad, wad… all ready to be loaded into the kiln. The perfect “kiln filler” in between all of the other pots! Sure, it takes me longer to load the kiln, but by the time I’m done barely any of the empty shelf surface is showing!

Categories: glaze, process, production

So my glaze cart is filling up nicely. Glazed & wadded… filling half of my studio cart. Now I’ll turn the cart around and fill the other side. A full cart pretty much equals a full soda kiln… give or take a few pots here & there!

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Categories: glaze, process, production, stamped, vases

Still glazing. Still working “in the dark.” Still waiting for my ceiling light to be replaced… and I kinda think I might be getting used to all of this dramatic mood lighting?! Hopefully the glaze is going on the pots where I “think” it’s going???

Categories: glaze, mugs, process, production

Might be a smidge harder to glaze “in the dark”…
but the dramatic task lighting I’ve set up sure does make for some nice contrasts
when the mugs start lining up!