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

Getting off to a good start… throwing simple concave cylinders
that will work perfectly for this year’s ghoul!

Categories: production, terra cotta

Looks like it’s Terra Cotta Tuesday!
With ART IN THE BARN just a couple weeks away, I guess I put these off long enough…
and it’s time to start “ghouling” it up!!!

Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

Yesterday was a bit messy as the kids tackled wheelthrowing with terra cotta. A bit messier than stoneware, but still a bunch of slimey-gooey-muddy fun!!! Even when the top of your cylinder gets pinched off by pressing too hard!!!

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Categories: clay, summer camp, terra cotta

It was the “calm before the storm” this morning as it was terra-cotta day at a Wheelthrowing Summer Camp today. Notice how “clean” everything starts out… before the kids arrive!

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?!