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

Busy week at summer camp this week. My campers have cranked out a lot of pots on the wheel… many of them for the first time. Two days to throw making a table full of pots! They’ve since been trimmed, stamped & detailed. For today we switched to handbuilding.

Categories: color, summer camp

Another colorful day of Summer Camp fun.
Painting sculptures with acrylic paint…
although I’m not totally sure what color they were trying for here?!

Categories: glaze, summer camp

My summer camp kids glazed their terra cotta pots today.
Can’t decide on a color?… just use them all.

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Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

Yesterday was a bit messy as the kids tackled wheelthrowing with terra cotta. A bit messier than stoneware, but still a bunch of slimey-gooey-muddy fun!!! Even when the top of your cylinder gets pinched off by pressing too hard!!!

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Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

It was the “calm before the storm” this morning as it was terra-cotta day at a Wheelthrowing Summer Camp today. Notice how “clean” everything starts out… before the kids arrive!

Categories: clay, summer camp

Today was the first day of another Wheelthrowing Summer Camp. We have a large plaster bat that we affectionately call “The Graveyard” for all of the dead pots that didn’t quite make it. Usually it’s just a bunch of squishy clay, but today Mister Muddy made an appearance!!!

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Categories: summer camp

Look what just showed up in my Facebook Feed… some photos from summer camp three years ago! And a timely reminder that I still have a LOT of photos to post from last week’s “Fire, Forge & Feast” camp where the kids make a full placesetting in clay & metal!!! More photos & stories to come.

Categories: creativity, summer camp, terra cotta

Well… look who just came out of the kiln?!
It’s my “Demo Dragon” from Chess Camp. Showing the kids how to build little sculptures for their playing pieces. Like this whimsical dragon perched on a castle tower. It sure must have been hot in that kiln... he’s still breathing fire!!!

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Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

Looks even better with in color. Sure, it’s not quite sized for Chess, but it was an amazing surprise project during Chess Camp… surprise to me! A fun reptilian sculpture as a great creative diversion for one of my campers! All good.

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Categories: sculpture, summer camp, terra cotta

And of course we needed a demo piece to show the kids how to build little three-dimensional “Chess-sculptures.” And what dragon wouldn’t want to be sitting on top of a brick turret while breathing fire?!