Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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?!

Categories: sculpture, summer camp, terra cotta

It was a fast week of making Chess Sets with my Summer Camp kids this week. Right up until the deadline, they were painting, detailing and cleaning up. And by the “closing bell,” every camper had finished their chess set. And with that ends another week of Summer Camp!

Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

Chess Camp is moving along nicely this week. All of my kids have been working hard making their chess pieces. They’ve painted their boards… and today had an extra “push” to get all of their playing pieces constructed. For tomorrow we start painting them all with underglaze!

The yellow papers indicate which pieces they still needed to complete around lunch time!
And by the end of the day, all yellow papers were gone!

 

Categories: sculpture, summer camp, terra cotta

So we’re in the middle of Chess Camp, and one of my kids is “struggling” with focus, attention and generally being “able” to make the chess pieces we’ve all been working on. And then all of a sudden out of nowhere, in about 5 minutes, he cranks out this adorable lizard!!! A bit too large for a chess piece, and nothing to do with his theme, but an amazing piece of kid’s sculpture!!!

Let’s just say “the jig is up” and I’m onto his game.
He OBVIOUSLY is “able” to make things… now if he could just focus?!

Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

Today was the first day of Chess Camp. Lots of brainstorming of themes, designing concepts, and then started handbuilding their pieces. Like these adorable little Peasant Pawns!

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Categories: classes, lillstreet, summer camp, terra cotta

CHESS CAMP at LILLSTREET  :  Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14  :  9:00am-3:30pm

Are your kids looking for a fun Summer Camp for the week after 4th of July??
Well, we will once again tackling thematic Chess Sets with one of my favorite Summer Camps at Lillstreet Art Center. We’ll spend the week making thematic chess sets… handbuilt chess pieces with whatever theme the kids want!!! That’s a LOT of pieces to design & build… all building up to the big climax of actually playing chess with the complete set they’ve designed & built all by themselves! And they get to play with ME!!! How cool is that?!

Click here for more information or to register your kids!!! Only a few spots left!

Categories: glaze, summer camp

It was the last day of Wheelthrowing Camp…
and what better way to finish their terra cotta pots than with some decorative splattering?!!! The kids LOVED IT!!!