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

We’re in the home stretch!!! Just a couple hours left of CHESS CAMP.
And my summer campers are diligently working to finish their sets.
A lot of underglazing going on… and unfortunately, a bit of rebuilding new pieces as they find out that I wasn’t lying. I keep telling them that they need to SCORE & SLIP really well… or else I “guarantee” that their pieces will fall apart when they’re dry. And then just the touch of a paint brush is often enough to prove me right. So they make a new replacement  – and then get back to underglaze painting!!!

Categories: color, creativity, summer camp

AJ came into camp today with a really great shirt.
My sentiment exactly.

Coincidentally, his shirt also matched his chess board?!!! Kinda freaky, right?

Categories: clay, process, summer camp, terra cotta

Apparently no one can resist a bucket full of smooth & creamy terra cotta slip?!

As part of camp, I teach the kids how to make slip.
Actually, it’s kind of a “punishment” for letting their clay dry out too much to use.
We try to keep everything under plastic while they’re working to avoid drying out.
But sometimes they just “forget.”

So to encourage them to remember, I make them flatten the clay out so we can let it dry completely. The next day the use a rolling pin to pulverize it as best they can so we can re-hydrate it back into a nice smooth slip. Apparently, the “punishment” is a bit too FUN for the campers!!!

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Categories: summer camp

We’re in the middle of the week of CHESS CAMP at Lillstreet. My summer campers have made a LOT of really cool chess pieces already to fill their themes. Today we started creating their chess boards… and then took a bit of a break after lunch for them to hone their skills.

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Categories: summer camp

At least according to chess camper Rebecca…

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Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

We’re only on  Day Two of our week-long Chess Camp, and the pieces are already coming along nicely. The kids are building them all out of terra cotta – and then on Friday we’ll paint them with colorful underglazes.

And what better way to make a cake look like a cake…
than to actually frost it like a cake!!! Complete with terra cotta slip “frosting” with a pastry tip!

Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

This week is CHESS CAMP at Lillstreet… one of my favorite weeks of Camp!!!
Another week of creative fun with my summer campers!!! Each kid has a theme and now they’re building a full chess set out of terra cotta. One of them has donuts for her pawns… so we spent the afternoon adding frosting & sprinkles!!!

While other sets are a bit more traditional… starting with some trolls as pawns.

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Categories: artists, summer camp

Today was the first day of another week of Summer Camp. A new group of campers settling in this morning and drawing freehand on the paper-covered table. And then THIS happened!!! One of the girls just sat down a drew this wonderful creature… now I just can’t wait to see what else Rebecca makes this week during camp!!!

 

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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