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

Categories: production, stamped

Just a little quick fun stamping some small dessert plates.


Categories: mugs, production, stamped

Okay, so I had planned on making “maybe” ten or so…

And I ended up with another full batch of thirty mugs!!!
You know they’re my favorite thing to make. And I just can’t help myself.

Each with stamped patterns and colored flashing slip accents.
Now drying and waiting for their bisque firing… and eventual soda-firing!!!




Categories: mugs, process, production

Painting some accents with colored flashing slips on my latest batch of stamped mugs.
Stamp by stamp, indent by indent.

Categories: mugs, process, production

You know how I LOVE making mugs. So many people hate making & adding handles… I kinda dig it… like I got a good “grip on it.”

Categories: clay, process, production

Spinning… Trimming… and Trimming some more!!!
And I love my Giffin Grip!!!

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped

Another batch of mugs in the making… thrown & stamped.
Next up?… trimming & handles!