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

A huge THANK YOU this morning for everyone who came out this weekend to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival in the blazing sun & heat. It was so good to see everyone and a great way to kick-off my summer art fair schedule. We all made it through… even my flowers that I had to water like every 30 minutes to keep them from frying in the sun!!!

Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to ART IN THE BARN this weekend.
Taking on the heatwave to support your favorite artists. I know many of us felt like these Zombies after two days in the sultry-steamy-sweaty weather. But it was so much fun to see everyone again. So many good customers, artist friends, family and Zombie Hunters!!!

If you’re off to a good start on your own Ghouls Collection,
I’d love to see a photo of them when you bring them out for the season!
Shoot me an e-mail with your photos – gary@firewhenreadypottery.com. Thanks!

Categories: holiday, terra cotta

Here’s the Big Reveal… a new ZOMBIE has been added to The Ghouls Collection.
The “walking dead” are headed towards Barrington this weekend! The latest addition to The Ghouls Collection… perfect for your whimsically creepy Halloween decor!

 

Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

Look who’s crawling out of the kiln!!!
The thronging masses of Zombies have gathered and are heading towards ART IN THE BARN in Barrington this weekend. Limited Edition of forty… get ‘em before they die again!!!

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Categories: color, production, terra cotta

Having some fun with underglazes adding details to the newest Ghoul in the collection.
Layer by layer, detail by detail, wart by wart.

Categories: production, terra cotta

Layer by layer… it’s an army of Ghouls!
Each standing at attention waiting for the next layer of details & colors.
It’s an assembly line of creepy colorful fun!

Categories: production, terra cotta

It’s been a busy couple weeks in the studio making the newest addition to The Ghouls Collection. Lots of terra cotta, lots of scoring & slipping, lots of FUN!!! Assembling another ghoul and then adding color to them. Busy, busy…

Categories: holiday, terra cotta

So you might be wondering what other “creatures” are part of The Ghouls Collection
so here’s a little family portrait.

Keep in mind that they were all created as a Limited Edition of forty…
except for the pumpkins which keep sprouting up every season!
At this point, many of the characters have already been retired.
Coming back to ART IN THE BARN will be this year’s newest creature, a bunch of pumpkins, as well as the few Witches & Black Widow Spiders that are still left.

And yet still plenty of room for the newest Ghoul in this family portrait… coming soon!

 

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Categories: creativity, inspiration, terra cotta

Okay, so every year I add another creature to The Ghouls Collection… with the “big reveal” being at ART IN THE BARN. Each character is a Limited Edition of forty. And when they’re gone, they’re gone! And just in case you’re wondering… here’s the doodle that inspired this year’s addition!