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

Two more “treasures” from our LILLSTREET THROWDOWN challenges class.
This time it’s Patti & Jon… with Patti’s ring tulipiere, and Jon’s “Rocky Raccoon” tray
from the Beatles S&P challenge! Both amazing!

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Categories: art fair, bowls, platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Ready for a great Saturday at the PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL
today until 4:00pm. I’ve restocked the shelves… and these are the last of the new sgraffito pieces!!! For now any way… pretty sure I’ll be making more!!!

Categories: art fair, glaze, platters, porcelain, sgraffito

So I just unloaded one last kiln before this weekend’s PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL… and I kinda “promised” pictures of the glazed sgraffito platters that I showed in process a couple days ago. Well, here they are… and I’m kind of surprised & enamored by the amber tenmoku ones. I’m diggin’ em! Keep in mind there aren’t that many… just multiple shots & angles of a few… so plan your shopping accordingly! If they go well this weekend I’m pretty sure there will be more in future kilns!!!

And again, here’s the show information if you want to head out to Naperville to kick-off your art fair shopping season!

Categories: art fair, glaze, platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Just finished glazing & loading a bunch of new pots for this weekend’s art fair invitational in Naperville… including a few of these new porcelain sgraffito platters that will be making their BIG ART FAIR DEBUT this weekend! Just a few pieces with the new sgraffito style, so come early!!! Here they are shown both bisqued & glazed… I’ll try to show a comparison photo after the glaze firing too!

Platter One

Platter Two

Platter Three

And here’s some info about this weekend’s art fair… come early for tacos too!!!
Click here for more information for the PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL.

Categories: bowls, patterns, process, production, sgraffito, tools

I just found two bowls that I made “awhile” back, and painted the interior with colored slip. I wrapped them up in plastic… and then apparently forgot about them. And it’s been “quite’ awhile… so they were harder & drier than I would like them to be. But with my one of my extra-sharp DiamondCore Tools they still carved like a dream!

Categories: classes, patterns, porcelain, sgraffito, tools

So much fun to see one of my Tuesday Night pottery students “test driving” her new V-tip DiamondCore Tools for the very first time… first time with this tool AND first time carving all together!!! Looks like Jen is off to an AMAZING start… a little carving prodigy in the making!!!

Categories: patterns, sgraffito, tools

Carved with my DiamondCore Tools!
Just needs a little brushing to clean-up the scraps after they dry!

Categories: bowls, sgraffito, tools

One of the ONLY “benefits” of working in my studio while the ceiling light fixture is not working is that I get some really dramatic photos from the tabletop task lights I had to install in the meantime. Like these carving through an ombre-slipped class demo bowl with one of my favorite DiamondCore Tools!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

After a bit more trimming, and a lot more spiraling curls, I finally finished another sgraffito platter… nice & clean with my DiamondCore Tools!!! These new sgraffito pieces got a good bit of lovin’ just before the holidays, so I thought maybe I should make some more?!!!

Categories: bowls, porcelain, sgraffito

And while I was firing a cone six glaze kiln, I not only glazed the sgraffito platters, but I also glazed some more sgraffito bowls too! They used to be white with a black band…now the colored glazes make them more fun & colorful while still allowing the carving detail to show through!

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