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

Looks like it’s Terra Cotta Tuesday!
With ART IN THE BARN just a couple weeks away, I guess I put these off long enough…
and it’s time to start “ghouling” it up!!!

Categories: process, production, stamped

Another batch of textured disks drying on my plastic grid. I like to elevate the grid on some wood strips so more air can get under the grid to dry the disks more evenly. Less warping makes me happy.

Categories: holiday, mugs, production

Celebrating the holiday today by “laboring” in my studio all day. Finishing off another batch of mugs for Mugshot Monday. Still trying to replenish inventory for ART IN THE BARN in Barrington in a few weeks!



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!



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.



Categories: bowls, production, stamped

Tonight I did a little detailing… some stamping & fluting of the rims on my latest batch of bowls. Gotta re-stock the inventory for the next wave of art fairs!

Categories: bike, production, special events, workout

Tagged & ready to go… err, throw!
Just another relaxing evening behind the wheel before tomorrow’s excitement!


Categories: production, summer camp

Today my summer camp kids trimmed, stamped, carved, handles and slip decorated their stoneware pots. A lot of work for Day Three of camp… even better as these same pots will be fired, cooled and glazed by the kids on Friday!!!


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!