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

Sad story from a customer whose mug decided to break… gravity and all… and no longer holds her morning coffee. But it does make a nice home for her cactus! Innovative way to not “let go” of her favorite mug!!! Now we just need to get her one that will still hold her coffee!!!

See the crack running from top to bottom?!!! Look close… there’s a couple!

Categories: art fair, lillstreet, ornaments, soda-fired, stamped

Kickin’ off the Lillstreet Holiday Open House with plenty of wheelthrown stamped & soda-fired ornaments!

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

The first person to “find” this specific mug at the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW today
will win it for FREE!!! No catches… except you must mention you saw this contest on social media!!! First come, first find… first WIN!!!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A fleet of stamped & soda-fired mugs at the ready to serve warm apple cider to everyone who makes it to the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW today. We’re open & ready for Day Two from 10:00am-6:00pm!

Categories: soda-fired, stamped, vases

Couple little cuties that came out of last weekend’s soda kiln.
Mini vases with mini stamps! Lots of these little bud vases
on the shelves for this weekend’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

Categories: soda-fired, textures

Fresh from my last soda kiln and headed towards the shelves
this weekend for my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

All of these textures can be found on my latest batch of square vases…
each with two different patterns on the two sides of the vase!

Categories: soda-fired, textures, tiles

While unloading my soda kiln I practically filled a box with textured tiles.
The larger ones are already “spoken for” with an upcoming installation…
but I need to pull something together with these smaller ones for next weekend’s
HOLIDAY HOME SHOW. A couple new ClayQuilts coming soon!!!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Celebrating another MUGSHOT MONDAY with a trio of new mugs
fresh from my last soda kiln. Stamped, slip painted, soda-fired and ready
for this weekend’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!
Mark your calendar and get ready to make your coffee taste a whole lot better!!!

Categories: ornaments, soda-fired, stamped

Started out by making another batch of wheelthrown ornaments. I like to throw them off-the-hump… making the pointed “finial” to the top.

And then I do a bit of stamping… and trim off the bottom into a smoothly rounded dome. Then I add a “cap” with a ring to hang the ornament. A little bit of handbuilding on top of the wheelthrown ornament.

And then I added some colored flashing slip accents to some of the ornaments.
Bands of color going around and some dots of color in the center of some of the stamps.

After they’re bisque fired, I get them ready for the soda-kiln. I make these little tripods ahead of time, bisque fire them and dip the tips in kiln wash. When I’m loading the kiln, I carefully balance the ornament upside down on the tripod.

After the firing… if everything went well
the ornaments are now fired and still standing on the tripods!

As I unload the kiln, it’s always so much fun to find these little cuties coming out.

So for now they’re done… but when I get home I’ll be adding a metal ring through the top loop to hang the ornaments with, And in case you’re wondering… they are a LOT lighter than you would think!!! Yes, if you throw them thin, and trim then even thinner… you can make some pretty lightweight ornaments!

There will be LOTS of ornaments available this weekend!!!

My HOLIDAY HOME SHOW this weekend.
Saturday, November 17th & Sunday, November 18 from 10:00am-6:00pm both days!




Categories: pottery, production, soda-fired, stamped

A couple weeks back I made a new batch of oil lamps. Wheeltrown stoneware stamped and painted with some colored flashing slips. You can’t really see it too much, but the colors should “pop” a lot better after the soda kiln firing.

After bisque firing, they were glazed with a liner and a bit of glaze inlay in the stamped indentations. A bit of colored accent glazes sprayed here & there.. and here’s what they look like after the soda kiln firing. And now I’m matching up some wick stones for the top to hold the wick.

All of them will be on the shelves this coming weekend for my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!