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

Hard to believe it’s the last day of November… and therefore time for another handmade chain for the “Chain Of The Month Challenge.” So here’s November’s entry… fresh out of the soda kiln. Fired in a “medium” soda area so that the links wouldn’t fuse together… and yet still get enough soda exposure for some fun flashing effects! Number eleven… can’t believe we just have one more to finish off the year?!


Categories: friends, mugs, stamped

I just love when my friends & customers share their pottery being used at home. Seeing how my pottery is becoming part of their everyday rituals excites me.

“Enjoying my first cup of coffee in my newest mug from Fire When Ready Pottery” – Kristen

Categories: friends, pottery, stamped

Always fun to see a pottery collection coming together after the latest Holiday Home Show… with Keith & Julie sharing the latest additions to their ever-growing collection. They’ve got some nice colors going on here… as well as the “first-of-one” pillar candle holder that was on “The Tired Of Shlepping” sale shelves!!

Categories: food, holiday, platters, stamped

A platter of fun… on a fun platter!
Thanks to Beth for sharing this glamour shot of her antipasto appetizer plate from her festive Thanksgiving celebration. So glad my stamped platter got to enhance this masterpiece of yumminess!

Categories: classes, mugs, stamped

In preparation for the final Intermediate Wheelthrowing class last session, I made three “matching” mugs our final trading-stealing-exchanging game! Sure, they may not be TWINS… but they are at least very close cousins! My trio would make a nice set… similar size, similar stamps & similar glazes fired in my last soda kiln. So fun to see them go off to someone’s new Mug Collection!

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

All clean and ready to go for Day Two of my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW. The apple cider is already in the crockpot… aroma wafting through my condo! Getting ready to kick-off Day Two in about an hour or so!

Funny story… I went through years of Holiday Home Shows while serving warm apple cider in styrofoam cups. Suddenly, a few years back, the light bulb went off and I “realized” that I should make mugs for the apple cider. Save the planet & promote my product. I’m kind of embarrassed that it took me so long to figure that out. Sometimes it’s hard to see the obvious!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

After a long day of holiday sales & a LOT of warm apple cider served at the `… my cider mugs are in the dishwasher for the night. Getting ready for more warm apple cider for the customers stopping by tomorrow!

Categories: ornaments, soda-fired, stamped

Just a few wheelthrown ornaments looking for their forever home…
err, forever Christmas Tree!!!

Categories: bowls, soda-fired, stamped

Two of my favorite stamped bowls that came out of the soda kiln. I love the how the tenmoku glaze highlighted all of the stamping… and how the green glaze transitions to blue across the bowl where the soda hit it. It’s always so difficult to NOT keep all of these beautiful bowls for myself! So these two large bowls will be part of my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW this weekend!!!

Categories: lidded jars, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

A few more pieces that came out of my recent soda kiln. These lidded jars & more will be available during my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW this coming weekend! I’ve been making a lot of work getting ready for this big annual event! My favorite pottery sale of the year!