Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: platters, porcelain, process, production, sgraffito, tools

My original plan was to have these sgraffito platters ready for my first art fair in April. Well, that’s been cancelled… but I’m still trying to stay on top of things. So here’s some of my latest sgraffito fun in the studio. Working on a few platters using my favorite DiamondCore carving tools!

Platter #1

Platter #2

Platter #3

Platter #4

Platter #5

Categories: platters, production, sgraffito, tools

Getting ready for a little geometric sgraffito carving session… made so much easier with my DiamondCore carving tools. Gotta get these plates decorated before they dry out too much! And who knows what the next couple days might bring?

Categories: handbuilding, sgraffito, tools

Doing a little carving with a DiamondCore Tool on one of the sides of my blocks… sgraffito decorating was one of the guidelines I put forth for this week’s LILLSTREET THROWDOWN challenge!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Well lookey here… look what I just brought home from the studio!!! Just in time for tomorrow’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW. Sure, most people do sgraffito’d porcelain in black & white… but I think color is more fun!!! Limited quantities… these might go fast?!!!

Categories: bowls, sgraffito

And it’s just not sgraffito platters… I made a few “companion” bowls to go with them too! Truth be told… “just” platters don’t fill a kiln very effectively, so a few smaller bowls helped fill in some of the spaces between the platters!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Here’s a little bit better look at my new platters as they were coming out of the kiln… in fact, some of the shots are actually of them still IN the kiln!!! It’s gonna be first-come-first-served tomorrow morning at my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Right on schedule… out of the bisque, still black & white… but then glazed and right back into another kiln. When they come back out they will be assorted shades of greens, blues and browns!!! Still on track to have them all ready for this weekend’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Two views of each of the final sgraffito porcelain platters for the day. I told myself that whatever I could finish “today” could still get through the process and make it to my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW next weekend. They may still be warm, but… and now I’m done! For now.

Number One

Number Two

Number Three

Number Four

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito

Carving up a few more porcelain sgraffito platters with my DiamondCore Tools! Clean lines, crisp edges and comfortable finger grips… which you may not think is important until you spend a full day carving platters!!!

Categories: platters, porcelain, sgraffito, tools

Playing with porcelain carving black & white patterns
with some of my favorite DiamondCore Tools!!!