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

Okay, so Day One of the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival was a bit on the soggy side. Rain all morning to dampen everyone’s spirits. Luckily, pottery only looks better when it’s wet, right?! And when the clouds moved out, the afternoon was much better!

Categories: classes, glaze, platters, stamped

Last night was the last class of the Spring session of my Beginner’s Wheelthrowing class. Every session I challenge them to make a piece to trade & exchange at the final class. This session the “theme” was plates & platters. This Josh Blue & sprayed temoku plate was my entry into the Exchange Game… which one of my students gladly went home with!!!

Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

A sweet little stamped & soda-fired porcelain mug
with a wide range of colors & flashing effects to brighten your day!

Categories: platters, process, stamped

Another platter fully stamped with one stamp all the way around…
one by one… by one… by one…

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

Mini flowers need mini vases.
And mini vases need mini stamps, right?!
Love the smell of lily-of-the-valley too!!!

Categories: kiln firing, stamped

Unloaded my latest bisque kiln early this morning.
Looks like another fun “project” well under way! Details to come…

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A pair of stamped & soda-fired mugs for Mugshot Monday! “Matching” is so overrated… I prefer to have “related” rather than “twins.” Lets people pick & choose a match-up for their own perfect pairs!

Categories: flowers, seasons, soda-fired, stamped, vases, weather

And what better way to celebrate Spring finally making it to Chicago
than with some bright flowers in a few different stamped & soda-fired vases?!

Square, traditional or vertical cylinder? Which is your favorite???

Categories: bowls, classes, stamped

Last night I did a bit of detailing & stamping on some of the bowl from Tuesday night’s class demo.¬† Sure, I could have left them as they were done in class, but why?! I’d rather make them look like something I would normally make.

Maybe with a tad of stamping along the way?!

And now they’re done for the night under plastic until I can get around to trimming them. And a few of them still need a bit more work… maybe a touch of sgraffito fun in the solid slip bowls.

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Categories: process, production, stamped

Remember that first bag of clay that made thirty cylinders a week ago?…
well, they’re all stamped, trimmed & dried.

And I figured if one bag of clay is good, two bags would be better!
So I made another thirty!!! This time thrown & stamped in one sitting…
and now trimming too!!! I’ve got “big plans” for these babies!!! More to come…

 

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