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

Today my Summer Campers finished all of their pieces… glazing all of their stoneware pieces warm out of the kiln, as well as trimming, glazing & finishing their terra cotta pieces they made yesterday! Here’s two of my favorites… especially the bowl with the great glaze pattern… and you know how I LOVE a great spiral!!!

Categories: lillstreet, summer camp

Yesterday when I came in early for Summer Camp… I found that one of the adult students had already set-up their “stuff” at one of the pottery wheels. Wow, that’s early… considering it was at last an hour before Lillstreet even opens!!! But imagine “their” surprise when they find out that every wheel in this room (all fourteen of them) were soon going to be taken by a bunch of shall-we-say “energetic” early-teens… with a LOT of terra cotta flying about!!!

Categories: process, stamped, summer camp

Today was the third day of my Wheelthrowing Summer Camp…
and the kids trimmed their pots, decorated, added handles, slip-painted…
and “allegedly” may have done a tiny bit of stamping for fun textures!

Categories: clay, summer camp, wheelthrowing

After two days at the pottery wheel, my Summer Campers were cranking out some nice pots… trying to stay focused, elbows down, arms locked in, fingers steady, centering their clay… and eventually making a LOT of pots!!!

Categories: clay, summer camp, wheelthrowing

This is my first week back at Lillstreet Summer Camp!
And my kids are having a wonderful time and making some pretty sweet pots
in Wheelthrowing Camp! Goopey messy fun!!! WHOO-HOO!!!

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Categories: mugs, summer camp

So I just got my schedule for Summer Camp 2019 at Lillstreet Art Center.
Excited that we’ve confirmed schedules as it makes me feel like Summer may not be all that far away?! Also excited that two of my favorite Summer Campers are already checking the camp schedules to see which ones they’re going to take this summer… over a cup of tea… tea for two!!!

JUNE 17th-21th – Wheelthrowing – 9:00am-1:00pm

JULY 8th-12th – Sculptures Big to Small – 9:00am-3:30pm

JULY 15th-19th – Chess Camp – 9:00am-3:30pm

AUGUST 5th-9th – Fire, Forge & Feast – 9:00am-3:30pm

AUGUST 12th-16th – Sculptures Big to Small – 9:00am-3:30pm

AUGUST 19th-23rd – Wheelthrowing – 9:00am-1:00pm

Click on the link here for more information & registration.

Categories: seasons, summer camp

As the snow continued to fall all day today…
it’s somewhat “encouraging” to know that some people are already planning Summer Camps for their kids!!!

I know I for one can’t wait to get back to Summer… and  SUMMER CAMP at Lillstreet!!!

Categories: inspiration, mugs, summer camp

One of the cutest cups I’ve seen in awhile…
warm fuzzies thanks to another adorable Summer Camper!!!

Categories: summer camp, wheelthrowing

We’re just three days in, and my new batch of Summer Campers are well on their way. We’ve already centered, thrown, trimmed, stamped, slip painted & decorated a LOT of stoneware pots. All labeled and drying for a quick overnight firing so we can glaze them all on Friday! Things move fast around here during Summer Camp!!!

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Categories: summer camp, wheelthrowing

Looks like one of my Summer Campers didn’t quite get the memo…
that the clay is supposed to become a pot, and NOT fill the splash pan?!!!
At least Olivia is having some good goopey, sloppy fun!!!

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