Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: classes, family, friends, terra cotta, textures

Last night we played with clay to celebrate Kieran’s upcoming nuptials.
The “bachelorette” group had already been to the Art Institute, and had pizza for dinner,
next stop was the studio for some terra cotta fun! They all made textured slabs
that they turned into vases & mugs. So much fun to see them working together
through the generations. Such a wonderful group of family & friends…
which I’m honored to say I’m part of!

Who’s to say what “trouble” the girls got into though after they left the studio?!!!

Lots of fun & laughter… lots of encouragement & support… a lot of great pots!
All of which ended with little Ryann scrubbing down the tables!

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Categories: holiday, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Here’s to hoping everyone had a safe & fantastic PUMPKIN DAY today!!!
Lots of tricks & lots of treats. Happy Halloween everybody!!!

Categories: friends, holiday, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

My friend Chris sent me a photo of her Halloween GHOULS COLLECTION.
She appears to be missing a couple of my ghoulish characters!!!
Not quite sure how THAT happened… but…

 

POP QUIZ!!! :
Who can tell me which ones she’s missing?
And yes, it is more than one!!!

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Categories: art fair, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So here’s the big ONLINE reveal… Werewolves fresh from the kiln
and going straight to Barrington for ART IN THE BARN.
The newest addition to The Ghouls Collection!

Some cute & clean, while others have obviously been “snacking” on something!!!
Each with its own personality! A limited edition of forty werewolves to mix & mingle
with all of the Ghouls who went before!!!

 

Categories: art fair, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So here’s the Wolf Pack after firing… just one shelf full of crazy canis lupus!
More shelves & more werewolves below. Cooling…
soon to descend upon the folks at ART IN THE BARN!!!

Categories: glaze, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So now the newest GHOULS are all underglazed and getting a sprayed-on top-coat of a low-fire clear glaze. Hoping that all of the painted colors will be brighter, saturated & whimsically colorful after firing!

Categories: terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

The newest addition to THE GHOULS COLLECTION look so much more “ferocious” in color! Okay, so maybe still a bit fun & whimsical… but that’s just how I roll.

Is there such a thing as “cute” bloody fangs???

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Categories: production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

LIMITED EDITION: One down, thirty-nine to go!

Categories: terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Playing with terra cotta trying to crank out some new Ghouls to add to the collection. There will only be forty in this batch… which also means I need to do a lot of underglaze painting to give these creepy canines some color! Coming together… gotta start underglazing!

Categories: terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So it looks like the “pack” is coming together as a group.
Just in time for this weekend’s Full Moon rising…. the actual Full Moon is on Monday!
Looks like my Ghoul timing is pretty spot-on!!!