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

I mean, who doesn’t like some beautiful “glamour shots” of a good soda-firing?! Even if they are just one more “teaser” for my part of the collaboration project I’m doing with my pal Cory McCrory for this weekend’s ART IN THE GARDEN. I’m completely enamored with the glazes, the flashing slips, the stamped impressions… and the way they’re all working together so nicely!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Always great to see one of your stamped & soda-fired mugs being used & loved… making someone’s day brighter! Thanks for sharing your morning brew with us Jan!

Categories: glaze, soda-fired, stamped, textures

Here’s a close-up…
perfect for another TEXTURE TUESDAY!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped, tools

Oh, and one more… possibly my favorite of the bunch! It’s one of my new “hybrid mugs” which is a combination of wheelthrown & handbuilt techniques. I’m loving the pattern, and the way the glaze is running, dripping & breaking in all the right places. Huge thanks to MKM Pottery Tools for making great textured hand rollers that make great patterns like this!!! Crisp & clean textures perfect for rolling on slabs. Who knows… this one might be a “keeper”?!

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

You know by now that MUGS are my favorite thing to make!!! So of course there were plenty of them in this recent soda firing. Here’s just a few of them… headed to an art fair soon! Some will go to ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend… while others will go to ART IN THE BARN for the last weekend of September!

Categories: kiln firing, pottery, process, production, soda-fired

A beautiful firing in the new Lillstreet soda kiln! So excited with the colors, the glazes & flashing effects throughout the kiln. No dry spots. No gray “dolphin skin”. No glops from the soda. Just a lot of pretty pots… many of which will be going to ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend! Now I just need to clean ’em, price ’em & pack ’em!

Categories: glaze, kiln firing, process, production, soda-fired, stamped

So Friday night I loaded the soda kiln… layer by layer… brick by brick… pot by pot. It always takes longer than I think it will. But it’s important to think it through while loading to allow some air space & flow through the kiln for good soda exposure… while at the same time getting in as many pots as possible! The more pots you squeeze in, the more pots you can divide the kiln costs over. Can’t wait to see how these turn out… as many of them will be going to ART IN THE GARDEN next weekend!

Categories: flowers, friends, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Fresh flowers in one of my stamped & soda-fired square vases. Looks like Rhonda’s latest visit to the Farmer’s Market has helped fulfill the destiny of this two-sided vase! Thanks for sharing Rhonda… and for brightening our day!

Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

My “back porch neighbors” are gone for a few days and left me in charge of watering their plants… and they left a little floral surprise on the back porch for me! The best part was their “assumption” that I might have a better vessel to put the flowers in… better than the Gatorade bottle they left them in! And I did… a little stamped & soda-fired vase to make the flowers look a little happier!

Categories: food, friends, mugs, soda-fired

Looks like my pal Allison is enjoying her morning meal… with a bit of sunshine streaming in! Looks yummy… especially as she’s using one of my “handbuilt-wheelthrown-combo” mugs!

And by the way… we’re still looking for a better name for them!!!