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

Last week, several of my beginning students made some clay stamps in class.
Tonight they get them back so they can start playing with texture & patterns.
Let the addiction begin!

Categories: process, production, stamped, stamps

Another Monday.
Another week.
Another stamped platter.

Categories: process, stamped, stamps, textures

Last night before teaching class, I had just enough time to stamp another platter…
actually the demo platter I threw for class last week.

I started stamping with one stamp pressed in one… by one… by one… all the way around!

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Categories: pottery, process, production, stamped, stamps, textures

Another platter. Another stamp. Stamp. Stamp. Repeat.
And repeat again… and again… one by one… from plain to fully stamped!

And done. For now.
Next up is drying slowly… bisque firing… glazing… and firing again! Quite the process!!!

Categories: production, stamped, stamps

With Spring pop out all around us, I figured I better start cranking out some more flower pots for my first few art fairs! Throwns & stamped… still need to be trimmed, clip painted and have drainage holes drilled through the bottom.

Oh yeah, and I still need to make their drip plates too!

 

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Categories: stamps

Fresh from the bisque kiln… my latest batch of NEW STAMPS!!!
So now I can give them each a little test-run to see which ones I love….
and which ones I’ll learn to love!

And yes, I do write my name on the side of all my stamps… as they have a tendency to “travel” down to the classrooms on occasion for demos and such. And I’d kinda like to get them back when I’m done demo-ing, right?

 

Categories: bowls, stamped, stamps, textures

Time to do a bit of detailing on the latest batch of bowls. They’ve set-up a bit and are now a “wet-leatherhard” stage. Not quite dry enough for trimming, but stiff enough to hold it’s shape during the stamping process. Gauging the right wetness is kind of mportant when you’re going in to for a full day of stamping!!!

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And for now these bowls are stamped and back under plastic for the night.
But then coming soon… power tools to make them berry bowls!!!

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Categories: porcelain, process, stamps, tools

Just making some new stamps for the next set of pots coming soon. And for the first time, I decided to see what would happen if I tried my new carving tools from DiamondCore Tools for stamp-making?! Huge potential here with these great tools… I just think I need to let the clay stiffen up more & go bigger!!! No time to be timid with sharp Zebra Tools from DiamondCore!!!

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Categories: stamps

A New Year always needs some new stamps, right?!
Making some new stamps for the next round of pots coming up soon!

Categories: classes, mugs, stamps

Last night was only the second class of the new session for my Beginners…
and they’ve already thrown, trimmed and made mugs!!!!…
oh yeah, and a couple new stamps just for fun!

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