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

A couple weeks back I made a new batch of oil lamps. Wheeltrown stoneware stamped and painted with some colored flashing slips. You can’t really see it too much, but the colors should “pop” a lot better after the soda kiln firing.

After bisque firing, they were glazed with a liner and a bit of glaze inlay in the stamped indentations. A bit of colored accent glazes sprayed here & there.. and here’s what they look like after the soda kiln firing. And now I’m matching up some wick stones for the top to hold the wick.

All of them will be on the shelves this coming weekend for my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

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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: 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!

Categories: glaze, process, production

Painting & filling the stamped impressions with a dark tenmoku glaze, and then wiping off the high surfaces to reveal a great contrast for the stamped design. I kinda feel like The Karate Kid… glaze on, glaze off… glaze on, glaze off.

Categories: glaze, process, production, studio

Still no working ceiling light fixture in my studio…
so glazing “in the dark” tonight ought to be interesting, huh?!!!

Categories: kiln firing, production

Another quick bisque kiln… not my tightest packed kiln, but I’m racing towards my next soda kiln! Trying to crank out enough work to fill the kiln to get ready for my Holiday Home Show which is coming up in just over two short weeks!!! Always the weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving!!!

Kiln Layer 1 – bowls & mugs

Kiln Layer 2 – bowls, mugs & oval vases

Kiln Layer 3 – oil lamps, & mugs

Kiln Layer 4 – oil lamps & oval vases

Fire fast… cuz’ I gotta get some glazing on!!!

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Categories: mugs, porcelain, production, stamped

Another Mugshot Monday!!! And another batch of mugs…
this time in PORCELAIN!!!

I love making mugs… and when I don’t quite know what to make…
it seems like I always “default” to MUGS!!!