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

So satisfying to finish another wareboard filled with trimmed & signed pots. And in case you’re wondering, my studio wareboards are actually plastic cutting boards from the flea market!

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Categories: process, studio

There’s something so satisfying about trimming pots. I LOVE TRIMMING!!!
Especially when using my Giffin Grip which take the “fun” of re-centering your pot out of the equation.

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Categories: process, production, stamped, stamps

Platter stamping with the eternal question… is one row of stamps around the rim enough?! Or do I “over-do it” by stamping the entire flange?! This time I tried to restrain myself.

Or do we prefer an INSTAGRAM-type “photo collage” post better than individual photos?!
Personally, not a fan of the collage, but wondering what you think.

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Categories: clay, process, studio

After another fun day at summer camp, I spent the afternoon wedging & bagging up
my latest batch of reclaimed clay. A little “muscle” and now I’ve got a LOT of free clay!!!
Another good day.

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Categories: clay, process, production, studio

With another art fair in the books, it’s time to clean my studio, pull out a big batch of clay to reclaim… and start back in on production for my next big art fair!

Categories: glaze, process, production, studio

There’s been a LOT of glazing going on in my studio lately.
Getting ready to load my next soda kiln. Getting ready for ART IN THE GARDEN.
Lots of liner glazes. Lots of glaze inlay. Lots of wiping clean.
Lots of “tricks” to help make the textures pop more after soda firing!

Categories: glaze, process, production

And I’ve been glazing mine too… with some tenmoku glaze inlay in the stamped textures. These will all be going into the soda kiln… so the colors will definitely change when inside the soda kiln! Also separating them by which kind of clay they are made out of – hoping that might help when I’m loading the kiln. B-Clay towards the back, soda clay towards the front & top.

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Categories: bowls, process, production, stamped, textures

Last night in the studio I did some “follow-up” detailing on the class demo bowls that I made last Tuesday. They’ve been under plastic waiting for some decoration. So I did some stamping, texturing, dotting and more! Each one a little more special than they were before!

And this one, I peeled off the “impromptu” loop handles that we added during the class demo. Remember the cut-outs that I scooped out of the splash pan and stuck on?! Well, I peeled them off so that I can add some better ones back in their place later…. tomorrow???

Categories: mugs, process, production

Painting some accents with colored flashing slips on my latest batch of stamped mugs.
Stamp by stamp, indent by indent.

Categories: mugs, process, production

You know how I LOVE making mugs. So many people hate making & adding handles… I kinda dig it… like I got a good “grip on it.”