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

Another batch of mugs in the making. More B-Clay thrown yesterday, underwraps over night and ready for stamping today. They were all on the “wetter-side” of leatherheard… but no longer sticky, squishy or shiny. So today I did some stamping… and here are the photos to show for it… and the stamp that did most of the work on each mug!!!

Mug A

Mug B

Mug C

Mug D

Mug E

Mug F

Mug G

Mug H

Mug I

Mug J

Mug K

Mug L – okay, so I did so good at taking all of the photos… until this one…
when I somehow forgot to take the photo of the PLAIN cylinder before stamping…
but you get it, right?!

So now they are underwraps again for the evening.
For tomorrow… they each get a trimmed foot & a freshly pulled handle!!!!



Categories: production, stamped

And while my new ovals were setting-up a bit…
I decided to crank out some more kiln filler.
You know how I LOVE KILN FILLER!!!


Categories: process, production, stamped

With my pottery class all working on their ovals for the “end-of-class-challenge”… I figured I had better get started on mine too!!! So I started a batch of lidded oval casseroles tonight. Hoping to get them done in time for the big class exchange!!!

Categories: process, production, stamped, vases

Painting some colored flashing slip details & accents on a batch of new textured “block” bud vases. Each side of the block has a different textured pattern. These are now drying and waiting for a bisque kiln… destined to make a splash in my next soda kiln. If all goes well, this new design might get “expanded” into a few different sizes & shapes so people can create their own perfect grouping of textured block vases!!!


Categories: process, production, stamped, stamps

Another platter going from plain to stamped.
I also tried a “new” more-open spiral on this one… kinda liking it so far.

And the stamp that did all of the work…

Categories: classes, process, production, stamped

Some of my more “advanced” beginning students are tackling a lidded oval casserole challenge this session. And it’s great to see them coming together so nicely… like these beauties by Grace!!! Stamped, slip-painted, handled and drying!!!


Categories: kiln firing, mugs, production

My studio neighbor Cathi asked if I had any greenware to add to her bisque… of course I said “YES!!!” She was loading some odd-sized pieces and knew that she would have a few spaces for some “filler.”

On the bottom layer, she had this one low, flat cylinder planter form. I proceeded to surround it AND fill it with mugs!!! And even better, all of the new mini vases are stashed inside the mugs!

And a little more room on the top layer… to which I double-stacked my mugs with just a sliver of air-space at the top. About a 1/16th of an inch clearance for the lid to close!!! Plenty of space!!! And I got all 55 mugs into her kiln as “kiln filler”!!! Whoo-hoo!!!

Categories: mugs, production

More mugs… dried and ready for a bisque firing!


Categories: process, production, stamped

A little stamping on last week’s class demo platter.
Sure, I could have left it plain & smooth… but really, why would I ???


Categories: mugs, process, production, tools

I was getting ready to paint some colored flashing slip accents on another batch of mugs. But every time I do this, I wish I could see better where I’ve painted. This particular slip color is just too close to the color of my clay body. Hard to keep track of where you’ve already been!

So I finally did it… I added some food coloring into my bucket of slip. The plan is to tint the slip so it shows up better… all the while knowing that the food coloring will burn out during firing. Cool trick, huh?

So I squeezed a few drops of yellow food coloring into my bucket of Smooth Orange Flashing Slip… and if you wait a few minutes before stirring, you get this really groovy pattern as the food coloring spreads. You kinda just want to stand there and watch!!!

Eventually I had to get back to work… so I stirred it up and started painting the slip accents on some mugs. I like to paint the top section as well as a center detail on each stamp. Since I only had yellow food coloring, the color change was not too dramatic. But it did give the slip a bit of a pale yellow tint so it was easier to see what I had painted and what I hadn’t as I was rotating the mug.