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

Great summer camp kids this week… brutally honest and SO smart!!! Ha!

Categories: summer camp, tools

Lots of kids in Summer Camp means lots of trimming tools
for Wheelthrowing Camp… for Wednesday is always Trimming Day!

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Categories: production, summer camp

Today my summer camp kids trimmed, stamped, carved, handles and slip decorated their stoneware pots. A lot of work for Day Three of camp… even better as these same pots will be fired, cooled and glazed by the kids on Friday!!!

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Categories: summer camp, wheelthrowing

It’s another week of Summer Camp…
and my wheelthrowing kids have already made a LOT of pots!!!

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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