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

Looks like Sarah and I are not the only ones doing a little re-planting… Diane bought a terra cotta flower pot at ART IN THE GARDEN specifically for her eucalyptus plant. Looks great, looks happy in its new home… but I must admit, I don’t know that I’ve EVER seen a living eucalyptus plant.

Odd… they’re always dried bundles?!

Categories: glaze, process, production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So it was a VERY late night in my studio last night as I was underglazing colors & dots all over the sugar skulls long after Summer Camp. And then a very early return to the studio as I needed to get all of them glazed in the spray booth with a low-fire clear glaze and load them into the kiln BEFORE Summer Camp started this morning! Accomplished with just minutes to spare.

So for now, the kiln is on and my fingers are crossed… as I hope they all turn out great and make a big splash this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN in Glenview.

Categories: production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Introducing the newest addition to THE GHOULS COLLECTION. Traditionally making their appearance at Art In The Barn in September. But instead, this year they’re coming to ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend!!! They’re a limited edition of forty pieces… and when they’re gone, they’re gone!!! Colorful & festive with plenty of personality. Each one different from the next.

Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos with a colorful smirk and a smile!!!

Categories: process, production, stamped, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Once the interiors were painted, it was time to tackle the faces of my newest addition to The Ghouls Collection… aka Calaveras de Azucar!!! Lots of details, lots of colors… lots of time!!! It was a very long evening after a full day of Summer Camp! If all goes as planned, these will be making their “Big Debut” at ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend!!!

Categories: terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

And then… after building, stamping & assembling all FORTY of the Ghouls, it was time for a bit of color! I started by adding a full base of white underglaze… and then a colorful interior!

Categories: terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

After making my first test piece… I started tackling the forty cylinders to make them into GHOULS!!! Using some of my stamps for design continuity to help them fit with the other ghouls… full production-mode set in!!!

And sure, I could have used just three feet for the bottoms… but for some reason I thought EIGHT would look even cooler?! So yes, I made it harder on myself with 320 rolled feet to score & slip in place!!! No worries… just rushing towards the deadline!!!

Categories: creativity, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So it took me a little while to figure out what kind of “ghoul” I wanted to make this year to add to “The Ghouls Collection.” Running out of ideas, and a bit of inspiration as ART IN THE BARN has been cancelled for months now… it was tough to dive in. But when I realized I should make them for ART IN THE GARDEN… I was ALL IN!!!

So I did a bit of brainstorming… even employing my summer camp kids for ideas… and finally made a “Ghoul-ish” decision… and a small test piece!!!

Categories: art fair, process, production, terra cotta, textures, The Ghouls Collection

It was a VERY late night last night as I started to add some “character” to the newest addition to THE GHOULS COLLECTION. Typically “revealed” at Art In The Barn in Barrington… but since that was cancelled four months ago, the new Ghoul will be coming to ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend!!! As long as I get them done?!!! Pressure’s on.

But first?… back to another day of Summer Camp!!!

Categories: process, production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Also worked on these a bit more tonight… trimmed & rimmed… ready to start the character detailing tomorrow morning!!! It’s gonna be a LOT of work if I’m going to get them done in time for ART IN THE GARDEN. Limited edition of 40… I’m gonna try my darndest!!!

You know how I love a good challenge!!!

Categories: production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Okay, so we’re off to a good start… a very productive morning. We all know I work best with a deadline. These all need to be ready in a week… sheesh!!!… and there’s a LOT of detailing to be done if these are going to be the next addition to the collection!