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

Considering I just threw these pots last Sunday… I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised that I might be taking the proverbial¬† “warm” pots to the art fair tomorrow. Two sizes of terra cotta flower pots fresh from the kiln… straight into a crate in my car and headed to Schaumburg in a few hours!!!


Categories: glaze, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Tiny little vases need tiny little stamps!
Two of many mini vases coming to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival this weekend… Saturday & Sunday!

Categories: kiln firing, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

Unloaded my soda kiln last night. Lots of bright colors…
not all browns & grays much to the chagrin of my soda students.
See, a soda firing CAN be colorful!

Now to pack it all up for this weekend’s art fair in Schaumburg!


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.