Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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!

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.




Categories: collaborations, production, studio

The “original plan” was to make 30 shakers each. But have you met me? I just couldn’t help myself. Once I got started I was kinda on a roll. One more lead to another… and soon enough I had NINETY!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, color, production

With my collaboration shakers coming together nicely, it was time to finish them off with some colorful flashing slips and underglazes. Since Cory McCrory’s work is so bright & whimsical, I kinda felt I had to brighten my color palette. Up my game a bit. Fingers crossed that some of these bright underglazes work well in the soda firing!!! We’ll find out tomorrow night when I unload the kiln… and then Saturday morning when they are “revealed” at ART IN THE GARDEN.

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???