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

My students ROCKED it out tonight. It’s only their second class of the new Spring session… and they’ve already finished their first mugs!!! Thrown, trimmed and handled!

Voila’…. MUGS!!!


Categories: ornaments, production, stamped

While not quite part of the Monthly Holiday Ornament Challenge, I have been working on another batch of my wheelthrown ornaments for my next soda kiln.

Categories: production, stamped, vases

Spring might finally be here…. although you sure couldn’t tell yesterday…
Soon enough there will be flowers all around. Waiting to be picked and brought indoors.
So I’ve been making another batch of wall pocket vases to fill with Spring flowers.

Categories: production, stamped, vases

Decorated discs all over my studio. Thrown, stamped and drying on plastic grids to avoid warping. Some will be glazed, some will be soda-fired. After firing, they will be turned into ikebana vases… just in time for the kick-off of my art fair schedule!

Categories: production, stamped, textures

Finished building some new salt & pepper shakers. Kinda like my textured tiles…
but a little larger, a different texture on each side and waiting for my next soda firing.
The shakers in this batch are slightly smaller than the ones I’ve been making.
Excited to see how they turn out… and I still need to build some trays for them!


Categories: pottery, production

Still replenishing “the basics” in my studio. Then I need to switch gears for newer production pieces. Any ideas or suggestions of new forms & shapes I should be adding to my production list for the upcoming art fair season?! Please leave me a Comment or two.. or three…

Categories: pottery, process, production, stamped

Did a little stamping tonight to finish off a class demo platter. Unfortunately, the clay is always to squishy to stamp during class. So I bring the demo upstairs and wrap it up. The stamping occurs a few days later… okay, well, today.

Same platter. Different angle. Lots of stamps.

Categories: mugs, production

Well, it’s been a busy day of making more mugs! You know they’re my favorite!
Half of them are stoneware with iron – destined for cone 10 reduction glazes.
And the other half are B-clay reclaim – destined for cone 6 oxidation glazes.

And here’s a closer look… details, patterns,¬† and stamped textures!

Categories: mugs, production

Wedged clay cut into little carrot shapes. Pulled with a little wet friction.
When I get them to a desired width & thickness, I flip them over and set them up so they can stiffen up a bit. In about 15 minutes, I’ll start attaching them to the mug cylinders.

Categories: bowls, lillstreet, production

At Lillstreet Art Center we’re getting ready for our Empty Bowls fundraiser. So tonight was our first Bowl-A-Thon to make a bunch of bowls. Everyone was making bowls to donate made with complimentary clay thanks to Dave & Bruce. I made my first six… with more to come!