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

Just did a bit of stamping on another plate before heading downstairs to teach class again tonight! One single stamp used over & over again to get the repetitive pattern all the way around the rim.

Categories: artists, handbuilding, stamps, textures

Just received a new carved rolling pin from Elaine Diamond at Vermont Pottery Works @epdiamond! Ready to give it a test run!!! It worked great… with nice crisp lines & patterns. But I kinda like the overlapping & interaction of patterns… so I embellished a bit more with two other rollers. More is more, right?!

For more about these carved rolling pins, click here to check out Elaine’s website!

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

Working in the studio tonight after Summer Camp. Trying to get caught-up on a bunch of pieces that have been sitting around under plastic for awhile. Finally got around to stamping this platter that was a class demo piece last week. It”s always amazing to me to see how just one handmade stamp can make such a difference!

Categories: stamps

As part of the commission project, the request was to make the stamped patterns be geometric shapes chosen by the eventual recipients of the mugs! They’re going to go to the Groom’s bridal party & friends… so they each got to choose their own “favorite” geometric shape. To make that happen, I needed to make some new stamps! Circle. Triangle. Line. Sphere. Hexagon. Circle & Line. Tetrahedron. Shamrock. Toroid… wait, what’s that???

Categories: bowls, classes, process, production, stamped, stamps, surface decoration, textures

As part of tonight’s Stamping Demo on ZOOM, I demonstrated on four different bowls adding a bit of texture & pattern to each of them. Here are the four demo bowls… followed by a few details shots, as well as pictures of the stamps that worked their magic!

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Bowl #3 –

Bowl #4 –

Categories: bowls, classes, stamped, stamps

Tonight I did my stamping demo on ZOOM as part of the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR. We had a great time, answered a lot of questions, covered a lot of topics and stamped a couple bowls along the way! We thought it would be maybe 20 minutes… turned out a bit longer… almost a full hour longer!!! Like I said, we covered a LOT!!!

As part of the Pottery Tour, they’re hosting free demos by several of the Potters… all you need to do is register for free on the website! More of demos tomorrow –

Categories: classes, process, stamps

Just over an hour until I start my ZOOM demo as part of the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR. It’s totally free for anyone who wants to join me. I’ll be showing you how I add stamped textures & patterns to my wheelthrown bowls… and answering questions at the same time! Yep, that’s me multi-tasking!!!

All you need to do is quickly register FREE online to get the ZOOM code… and then join me in my studio at 8:00pm CST. Hope to see you then!!! –

Categories: artists, classes, pottery, process, special events, stamped, stamps

Tomorrow is the big kick-off of the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR! Check-out the website for information, artist links & to register for FREE POTTERY DEMOS!!!

We have twenty-one potters on The Tour, many of which will be doing free demos. I will be in my studio tomorrow night doing a demo on how I uses handmade stamps to add texture to my pottery. If you would like to join me in my studio, you just need to register online to get the ZOOM link for all of the demos… plus, you’ll also be registered in a drawing for some free pottery by our Tour Hosts!!!

FRIDAY, JUNE 18th, 2021 @ 8:00pm CSTMore info at

Categories: bowls, classes, stamped, stamps, textures

Last week in my Beginning Wheelthrowing class, we threw larger bowls. And then last night, we did a bit of stamping on the same larger bowl demo piece. My students have already made bowls & made their own stamps… now they just need to put it all together!

Categories: stamped, stamps

Today I did a bit of stamping… surprise, surprise… and added a row of textured fun to the oversized flower pot I made in my ADVANCED WHEELTHROWING class last night. Next up… trimming, flashing slip and a water drip tray!