Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: classes, platters, stamped, stamps

This week in class I did a “demo-on-demand” on how to throw plates. Sure, I could have left my demo plain, but what fun is that?! Always better after a bit of stamping!

And the stamp that did most of the work…

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Categories: stamped, stamps, summer camp

It’s another week of Summer Camp and my wheelthrowers are working hard on their new pots. It’s so much fun to see them working so intently as they decorate their pieces… some with stamps (go figure) and colored slip accents!

Categories: mugs, stamped

A simple little mug with a few adorable stamps accentuated with the perfect glaze pooling & breaking in all the fright places… and a surprisingly even ombré fade.

Categories: classes, glaze, stamped

So last night in my pottery class, we discussed some more advanced glazing options. Like layered combos, stains, oxides, wood ash, wax resist, etc. It’s a bit overwhelming when you start to see the infinite possibilities to finish your pieces. My students were tracking along pretty well, but questioning what the results might look like. Sure, we have some double-dipped combo test tiles, but it’s a LOT different on  a real piece.

So… I completely overwhelmed them when I brought out all of the combo glazed test cups we made last session with my students. A LOT of glaze information to take in. Some good. Some not so much. But great information & inspiration… even if it is all a bit overwhelming.

 

Categories: art fair, platters, stamped

The sun has set in another art fair weekend… and on another stamped platter!!!
Huge THANKS to everyone who came out to the Glenview Summer Art Fair this weekend.
So many pots finding new homes, so much fun, so many smiling faces…
and perfect weather too!!

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Categories: glaze, mugs, stamped

Just a few more of the mugs that came out of my cone six glaze kiln last night. Loving the colors and how well the glaze pools & breaks on the stamped details. You can see them in person this weekend at the GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR!!!

Categories: art fair, glaze, platters, stamped

Spiraled & stamped… and you know how I LOVE a good spiral.
Another new platter fresh out of the kiln and headed to the
GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR this weekend on the grounds of Lyons School.
11:00am-5:00pm both Saturday & Sunday.

Categories: art fair, glaze, mugs, stamped

Unloading a new kiln of glazed pieces just in time for this weekend’s Glenview Summer Art Fair. Got some prepping, pricing & packing to do… and then you can come see some new work this Saturday & Sunday on the grounds of Lyons School in Glenview, Illinois from 11:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: mugs, process, production, stamped

Bisqued, waxed and waiting to be glazed.

Categories: soda-fired, stamped, vases