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

Still glazing LOTS of pots for tomorrow’s soda kiln firing.
Just goes to show that small pots need small stamps!!!

Categories: glaze, process, production

Another long night of glazing. I’m inlaying temoku glaze into the stamped impressions.
So I brush the glaze on top & into the stamps.

Then I wipe off the top layer leaving it only in the stamps.

Next up will be some quick liner glazes… some accent colors… and then wadding.




Categories: glaze, kiln firing, mugs, process, production

And while one kiln cools…
it’s time to start glazing the pieces from last week’s bisque kiln.
Starting with my favorite… mugs, mugs and MORE MUGS!!!


Categories: production, stamped

SOMETHING NEW!!! Citrus juicers “quick drying” for tonight’s bisque firing. Hopefully the elevated plastic grid will help speed along the process with air now on all sides!

Categories: process, production, stamped

Some lidded jars… stamped, detailed and drying for tonight’s bisque firing.

Categories: process, production, stamped

Did some good trimming tonight and added colored flashing slip accents. I like to add colored slip to the top flange and a dab of color in the center of every stamp. A little obsessive-compulsive… but, well…¬† that’s just how I roll!!!





Categories: kiln firing, mugs, process, production

So many pots. Cranking out as much as I can getting ready for ART IN THE BARN. It’s two weeks from today and I still have so much work to do. Including a couple more kiln firings. My plan is to get all of these pieces into glaze kilns next week. I have a full soda kiln scheduled for net Saturday. So even though I’m in “the middle” of ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend, I still had to go into the studio to unload this bisque kiln. No rest for the weary.

Kiln Layer #1 – Mugs. Mugs. Mugs… ALL MUGS!!! My favorite!

Kiln Layer #2 – My mostly porcelain layer. Mugs, cups and a couple bowls.

Kiln Layer #3 – Stars. Stars. And more stars!!! And a few bowls, ovals & cups!

Kiln Layer #3.5 – Stamped platter, spoon rests… and some fortune cookies!

Kiln Layer #4 – Bowls, mugs, ornaments and a LOT of tiles!!!

And you know how I like to get close to the top…

Categories: art fair, artists, friends, production

My friend Donna Sauers is apparently working late into the night to make just a few more beauties for this weekend’s ART IN THE GARDEN. Pack it in & go to bed Donna… we open tomorrow at 10:00am!!!


Categories: porcelain, process, production, stamped

Looks like someone has some trimming to do tonight…

Categories: process, production

Making more. Making stuff. ART IN THE BARN is coming up quick… and I’ve got a soda kiln to fill & fire before then. So it’s the perfect chance to try something new. I made one of these for my class as a “demo on demand” and decided that I should make more! After some carving & detailing, these will become citrus juicers.