Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: food, friends, mugs, soda-fired

Warming up a chilly Sunday night… looks like Gerry & Rosene are cooking up some yummy hot cocoa in their new “hybrid” mugs! I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate & marshmallows?!

Categories: food, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Another gray gloomy day, although a bit warmer… so I think it might be a good day to start taking down the Holiday Home Show AND my Christmas decorations! But first… a little hot chocolate pick-me-up with a large handmade marshmallow!

Categories: ornaments, soda-fired, stamped, textures

Never too late to add more star ornaments to your tree!

Categories: ornaments, soda-fired

Just looking for a little holiday somethin’-somethin’?… I also have plenty of soda-fired ornaments restocked for today!!! C’mon by… we’re open until 6:00pm!

Categories: lillstreet, ornaments, soda-fired

Just a quick reminder that tonight is the LILLSTREET HOLIDAY PARTY from 5:00-8:00pm. I’ll be in my studio sharing in the festivities, selling some handmade mugs… and these cute little soda-fired star ornaments too! Hope you can swing by to say hello & to spread some holiday cheer!

4401 North Ravenswood, Studio 205 West, Chicago

Categories: food, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

Looks like Rachel has been making a yummy pot of warm soup and a chilly & damp Sunday afternoon. Luckily, she has a new stamped & soda-fired spoon rest to keep her stove clean!

Categories: soda-fired, stamped, vases

Celebrating TEXTURE TUESDAY with another stamped & soda-fired vase from my most recent firing. Another one making its “big debut” next weekend at my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

Categories: soda-fired, stamped, textures, vases

Another sweet oval vase from my recent soda-firing. A little “before” shot with a tenmoku glaze inlaid into the stamped impressions. And then a couple “after” shots… after some sprayed green glaze… even better after a great soda-firing!

Categories: soda-fired, stamped, surface decoration, vases

Stamped & soda-fired… a great example of how the soda kiln atmosphere affects the sides of the pot. Chemically altering the colored slip accents on each stamp… as they all started out the same. Also creating a great “orange-peel” effect on the sides of this oval vase. Just a reminder… there is no glaze on the outside of this pot other than the tenmoku inlay. All of the “shine” & “glaze” comes from the soda-firing process.

Categories: pottery, soda-fired, stamped

While setting up my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW for next weekend… I realized that I never quite shared enough photos from my kiln unloading. So here are a few more freshly soda-fired pots still in the kiln! I mean, they’re not “now”… ‘cuz they’re already on some display shelves waiting to go to their forever homes!