Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: stamped, textures, tiles

Another batch of textured tiles drying in my studio. I love how the textures and different colored slips will all work together after soda-firing. I like to refer to them as a ClayQuilt… as though each square is a different piece of clay “fabric.”

Categories: bowls, clay, textures

Finger painting with thick slip on the inside of a bowl!!!

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Categories: production, textures, tiles

Cranked out some more textured tiles today… kiln filler one day, tiled wall the next!!!
And by “next’ I mean somewhere down the road after my next soda kiln firing when the colored slips actually become colorful.

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Categories: mugs, soda-fired, textures

Caught by the teeniest sliver of sun through dining room blinds.
Slab-Wheel Combo Mugs ready & waiting for this Saturday’s Holiday Home Show!!!

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Categories: color, glaze, stamped, textures

Concentric cone six circles. Some smooth, some stamped. All a beautiful shade of green!

Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, textures, vases

And oh, but wait there’s more…
Sure there are larger soda-fired square vases… but adorable small ones too!
These have a different pattern on each side as well. Turn them, flip them, switch it up!
Perfect for a smaller bunch of flowers, or just a few stems.

Fun eryngium flowers… also known as blue sea thistle.

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Categories: food, friends, soda-fired, textures, tiles

Weren’t we all told as a child to “not play with your food”???
Well, my friend Allison has been playing with her food on top of one of my textured tile trivets.
And boy am I glad she is… too much fun!!!

Categories: production, textures

Last minute masks racing towards this weekend’s soda firing. Textures & colored flashing slips should look a lot better after soda-firing. Come see the finished pieces at my Holiday Home Show… always the weekend before Thanksgiving.

A little side-by-side duo action…

Categories: bowls, stamped, textures

Stamped, trimmed, accented with colored flashing slips and now drying. Not bad for bowls that were thrown less then 24 hours ago! This is what happens when racing for a soda-kiln loading in just a few days!!!

Categories: stamped, textures, tiles

Making more textured tiles for another wall installation. Not quite so many tiles this time. Slightly larger tiles, therefore, “fewer” tiles to make. Let’s hope the colored flashing slips “pop” a bit more after soda-firing this weekend.

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