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

Finishing up some flower pots for some quick-drying & bisque firing. Stoneware with ochre and some colored flashing slips for my soda firing next weekend… and drip trays to boot.

Hoping to have them all ready for the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival in two weeks!

Categories: production, stamped

Just a few spoon rests rushing to get into the next kiln! Only a couple dozen!!!

And now drying after adding a few little accents of colored flashing slips!

Categories: pottery, production, stamped

With Spring in the air, and art fairs around the corner, it might be the perfect time to crank out some quick flower pots?! Should be ready for my first art fair in three weeks! Mark your calendars… Schaumburg in three weeks!

Categories: food, pottery, stamped

While not as poignant as Ishiguro’s novel, a bit of leftover meatloaf might fill your stomach, but not your soul. Whereas the stamped green platter might do better. Thanks Kelly for sharing a photo from dinner… and the remains.








Categories: mugs, stamped

Another batch of mugs… this time they’re “quadrant-ed” and stamped accordingly.
A little bit of new!


Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Beautifully scented lilacs in a handmade, hand-stamped & soda-fired vase.
The Spring flowers are so short-lived, enjoy them while you can!

Categories: ornaments, stamped

Ornaments drying after adding handbuilt tops & some flashing slip accents…
which will hopefully be a smooth buttery-yellow after soda-firing.

Categories: stamped, vases

Another batch of mini’s. Small vases with even smaller stamps!!!

Categories: production, stamped

Stamped, squished, slip-painted and ready to start drying!
Soon to be soap dispensers after a good soda-firing!

And if you want to see them spin… just ‘cuz they can…
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Categories: bowls, process, production, stamped

After last Tuesday night’s bowl demo, I had a table full of bowls to continue working on.
Sure, I could have left them as they were…. but why would I do that?!
Instead, I did a bit of stamping, texturing and detailing. So now my “not-so-basic-bowls”
are even less basic than they were after the throwing demo in class.