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

Just pulling out another batch of reclaimed clay. This time it’s a huge batch of slaked-down porcelain that I turned out onto my large plaster bat. All scraps from another potter friend who doesn’t like to reclaim clay. But I sure do!!! It’s going to take a few days before it sets-up enough that I can start wedging it. A lot of work & waiting… but then again, you know how much I LOVE FREE CLAY!!!

Categories: studio, tools

So not only are DiamondCore Tools wonderful for sharp, clean carving lines… they’re also great for some of us klutzy potters who may have “allegedly” squished & bent one of my blades… of course, on my favorite V-tip tool. Good thing is, they also offer replacement blades for their carving tools! Just a quick turn of a screw, switch it out, and you’re good to start carving again!!! Thank You DiamondCore!!!

Categories: clay, process, studio

After weeks of slaking down, my stoneware scraps reclaim bucket was finally ready
to turn out onto my large plaster bat. You know how much I love FREE CLAY!!!
Can’t wait for this pile to set-up a bit, and then let the wedging begin!!!

Categories: bowls, stamped, studio

A little more “fun” in the studio making my set of class demo bowls a “little less basic.”
You had to know I couldn’t just leave them alone, right?! After all… MORE IS MORE!!!

Categories: clay, production, studio

Wedged balls of clay… filled with potential… oh, what to make???
Ummm… something other than mugs maybe???

Categories: studio

Today I finally sent a “deadline” email to my studio landlord…
and looky-there… just a couple hours later... it’s all FIXED?! Well, kinda.

I’m excited to have light again. But I was confused as the new LED fixture that had been jury-rigged to the old fixture was gone… along with all the extra cords… and now I have some “bonus” fluorescent bulbs on my wedging table?! Turns out all he did was switch out the bulbs to new LED tubes… left the old ones on my table… and called it done?!

Disregard the fact that the fixture still does NOT turn on or off…
he said since it’s now LED I can “just leave it on since it doesn’t use much electricity!”

I guess I should have sent a “demanding” e-mail a few months back
if I knew it would just take an hour for him to fix it?!

And I use the term “fix” fairly loosely…

Categories: studio

The extension cord & mega-power strip that disappeared some time yesterday from my studio lighting fiasco “mysteriously” returned today. I may not be an electrician, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s not going to do much good sitting on a clay box like this?! Another great remedy!

Categories: mugs, process, production, studio

Celebrating another MUGSHOT MONDAY with another batch of mugs. This time with some dramatic light & shadows… “thanks” again to my ongoing studio lighting dilemma!

Categories: studio

Another lighting update… but I think we’re going in the wrong direction? When I got into the studio tonight, my new light was still hanging on its jaunty angle… but the huge power strip was gone… just gone… and the power cord from the new light is just dangling right above my wheel. No note. No explanation. Just a dangling cord.


I mean really… how hard is it to just hard-wire the light fixture
into the ceiling power box just inches away?

Categories: studio

And so the lighting saga continues…
Tonight when I made it into my studio, my new light fixture had been “installed”… and I use that term VERY loosely. It has been hung from the old light fixture still with the glass tubes in it… on a very jaunty angle… with the new pull cord directly above my wheel… a huge extension cord draped through the air above my wedging table… and a bonus HUGE surge protector on the corner of my table. I would say it’s a LOT more-than I expected… but none of what I had hoped for. Silly me was expecting a bit more of a safe & professional installation?!

Maybe this was a “quick” jury rigged solution???… there was no note…
so I will definitely be sharing my “expectations” tomorrow with my landlord.