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

Just finishing some colored slip accents on the last batch of mugs. These ones will be soda-fired so the slip colors should become more vibrant & reactive to the soda atmosphere. Couple more to go, and then calling it a night… as that sunrise bike ride comes around pretty darn early in the morning… followed by another full day of Summer Camp!

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Categories: mugs, production, stamped

After camp today, I finished up my latest batch of mugs. A few finishing touches and now they can be set out to dry. This batch is B-Clay and will be glazed mugs. I still have another batch to finish up made with Soda Clay… so I need to add some colored flashing soda slip accents to those and then they too can be set out to dry.

Categories: mugs, process, production

Got some stamped cylinders… stamped ‘em… and now they need handles.
So I pulled these handles and let them set-up a bit before starting to attach them to the cylinders…. and it’s MUGS here we come!!!

Categories: mugs, production, stamped

Today’s cylinders all stamped and one step closer…
for tomorrow I’ll trim and add handles!

Categories: clay, mugs, process, production

Kicking off the day with a pile of wedged clay balls…
oh, what to make?… what to make?… why not start with “my favorites”???

A quick batch of soon-to-be-mug cylinders! You know how I LOVE making mugs!!!

Categories: porcelain, production

Playing with porcelain again… and a bit of black slip!
Pretty good chance that there’s some decorative sgraffito carving in my not-so-distant future!

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Categories: process, production, stamped

Remember that first bag of clay that made thirty cylinders a week ago?…
well, they’re all stamped, trimmed & dried.

And I figured if one bag of clay is good, two bags would be better!
So I made another thirty!!! This time thrown & stamped in one sitting…
and now trimming too!!! I’ve got “big plans” for these babies!!! More to come…

 

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Categories: process, production, stamped, stamps

Another Monday.
Another week.
Another stamped platter.

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

Another platter. Another stamp. Stamp. Stamp. Repeat.
And repeat again… and again… one by one… from plain to fully stamped!

And done. For now.
Next up is drying slowly… bisque firing… glazing… and firing again! Quite the process!!!

Categories: glaze, process, production, teapot

My studio cart down in the kiln room ready for loading. The bands of masking tape are just “safety belts” so everything survives the trip down in the freight elevator. WHEW… made it. Including the teapots glazed & wadded… wouldn’t want to lose another one of them!!!