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

Took a quick break from the sgraffito carving to replant a couple of my studio plants. They’re both doing so well, that they’ve outgrown the pots that they originally came in from my students Jen & Teresa. They were each in one of my classes where the final trading game was a handmade flowerpot with a plant to fit. I’ll need to put new plants in their pots… but if you need a flower pot for YOUR plants, you can get some of mine at my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW next weekend!!!

Categories: studio, tools

Goopey gloppy tools… guess I should clean them tonight before I leave?!

Categories: holiday, process, production, studio, terra cotta

With the soda kiln filled & firing, I can finally focus on my next task at hand…
making my annual Halloween Ghouls for next weekend’s ART IN THE BARN.
Sure, I night be running a bit late, but I seem to thrive under a good deadline!
Here we go… gotta get my ghoul on!!!

Categories: glaze, mugs, process, production, studio

So the bisque is LITERALLY piling up in my studio… gotta get my glaze on!
                                                                          … starting with a LOT of mugs!!!


Categories: bowls, production, stamped, studio, vases

Oh yeah, and there “may have been” a few serving bowls in the production mix today as well! Gotta make, make, make…

Categories: process, studio

Okay, so many of you know that to find a errant piece of glitter in my studio is NOT unusual… long story for another time... but it is strange to find a chunk of glitter this HUGE inside my bowl while trimming today!!! No idea where that honker could have come from… sure it is reclaim clay, so anything is possible I guess???… but come on, that chunk is HUGE!!!


Categories: process, production, studio

Today seemed like it was all about trimming.
And I LOVE trimming pots!!! I’m sure it has something to do
with my “control-issues”… or OCD… but I digress… HA!!!

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!!!