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

A beautiful morning to kick-off Day Two of ART IN THE BARN. So fun to be greeted by this smiling face when I arrived to replenish & restock the shelves. Come quick though… there’s only four Jack-o-Lanterns left!!!

Categories: art fair, terra cotta

The latest additions to “The Ghouls Collection” have infested my booth.
This year we have Black Widow Spiders and more pumpkins in new colors & shapes.
Limited quantities going fast… c’mon by ART IN THE BARN to snatch ‘em up!!!

Categories: art fair, glaze, process, production, terra cotta

Looks like these little critters are making their way into the kiln… and then into my booth at ART IN THE BARN. The latest addition to “The Ghouls Collection” will be infesting Barrington early Saturday morning! Sure, they might still be warm from the kiln, but at least they’re almost done… and just in time!

Categories: art fair, production, terra cotta

The first peek at the “official” ghoul being added to “The Ghouls Collection”
this weekend at ART IN THE BARN. They’re a Limited Edition every year…
so stop by early Saturday morning in Barrington.

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Categories: glaze, terra cotta

The pumpkins are green with envy… glazed with a low-fire clear and headed into the kiln. Still working on the other new addition to “The Ghouls Collection.”

Categories: holiday, production, terra cotta

When I was a kid we only had orange pumpkins. But nowadays, the specialty hybrid white, green and yellow pumpkins have become all the rage. So what perfect timing to introduce some “hydrids” into “The Ghouls Collection” this year? These have been colored with underglaze, but are still waiting to be glazed & fired.

These pumpkins are almost ready to go… but the “other” real Ghoul addition is making me climb the walls. Gotta get ‘em done quick!!!

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Categories: art fair, production, terra cotta

Well, ART IN THE BARN is just one week from today.
So I guess today might be as good a time as any to start making more pumpkins and maybe a new “ghoul” to add to the collection.

Who me?… procrastinate much?!!!

Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

Every Thursday during a typical Wheelthrowing Camp is Terra Cotta Day!
I try to tell them in advance that it’s going to be messy. A lot messier than stoneware.
Generally they scoff at it. And think that I’m exaggerating. And then THIS happens…

Gooey-gloppy messy hands… and arguably the dirtiest wheel EVER!!!
Good thing we have Rule #3… “Whatever mess you make, YOU will be cleaning up.”
And she did.

Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

After several productive days, my Summer Campers finally got see their thematic placesettings come together. The terra cotta came out of the kiln, we assembled their cutlery pieces and put it all together to great acclaim. They should all be very proud of themselves for a wonderful week of Summer Camp… and some wonderful dinnerware sets!!!

MADELINE’s placesetting

TULLIAH’s placesetting

 

 

LOUKAS’s placesetting

THEO’s placesetting

ZOE’s placesetting

ELIZA’s placesetting

DEIRDRE’s placesetting

ARIEL’s placesetting

ELENA’s placesetting

ELLIE’s placesetting

LILY’s placesetting

LYDIA’s placesetting

SAM’s placesetting

And I guess if something was destined to explode in the kiln…
what better than Sam’s VOLCANO PLATE?!!!

MIYA’s placesetting

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Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

The kids have been working hard building all of their terra cotta dinnerware pieces. Plates, bowls, platters, cups, handles, vases, etc. They’ve been having a great time, but deadlines are deadlines… and EVERYTHING needed to be built, done & painted with colored glaze by the end of camp. For tonight, everything goes into the kiln!

 

Here’s Pam looking not quite so confident or comfortable with her glazing skills?!

And Michelle painting her tiny watermelon… and her larger watermelon cup!

 

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