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

Okay, just one final “teaser” about my part of the collaboration I’m doing with Cory McCrory. Well, all of my water carafes have now been soda-fired… and they’re looking pretty darn sweet... even if I do say so myself. I’m very pleased with the results… and eager to show them off this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN in Glenview!

So now I have a water carafe…
if only I had “something or two” to pour the water into?!
If only… oh, wait…

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: classes, platters, stamped

Looks like my pottery doppelganger is at it again… and I’ve already had three people mention to me that “one of my platters” is on the bisque cart. It’s not mine… it just one of my students!!!

Categories: family, food, glaze, platters, stamped

Happy Belated Birthday Tina! Looks like you had a yummy birthday cake… errr, cheesecake… presented on a nice stamped & glazed platter! Making every celebration a bit more special… although I don’t see any candles here?! Thanks David for sharing the festivities!

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: 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: art fair, artists, process, production, stamped, studio

All done & drying… spouted, stamped & slip-painted… ready to go… currently cooling in the soda kiln! Okay, another belated photo posting. Now they’re almost ready for ART IN THE GARDEN next weekend in Glenview. These might “allegedly” be part of a collaboration project with my friend & “cohort in collaboration” Cory McCrory!!!