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

Textured slab-topped oval vases that now have holes in them for the flower stems. Flower bricks that are drying on elevated plastic grids for more even drying with airflow on all sides. Colored flashing slips on the tops to help accentuate the textures I made on most of them with my new Stodola Carved Rolling Pins.

Categories: process, production, textures, vases

Scratch, attach, repeat… repeat… repeat.
So I’ve been adding the textured tops to some ovals that I made a day or so ago.
They’re all closed up… and waiting for flower holes!






Categories: process, production, textures, vases

So I’ve textured the slab with my STODOLA rolling pins, and now I’m attaching them to the tops of some ovals. I’m closing it up for now, but will be cutting some holes through the textured top to make these into flower bricks!

Categories: textures, tools

Making some textured slabs for a new project…
and these STODOLA carved rolling pins will be PERFECT!!!

I’ve kinda been “saving them” for something special…
and I’m hoping that my new project will show them off. Made my slabs and I’m ready to ROLL!!! For more about these textured rolling pins, check out the STODOLA website!

Categories: collaborations, stamped, textures

Making frames for my next collaboration project… and you know I love collaborations!
My friend Cheryl Holz makes these really great “mini” paintings… so I’m making some ceramic frames for them! Our plan is that these soda-fired frames will each host a Cheryl original painting… and be available only at ART IN THE BARN in Barrington next weekend 9/22 & 9/23. Mark your calendars!


Categories: art fair, artists, friends, textures

The collaboration projects for ART IN THE GARDEN are coming along quite nicely. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the beautiful silver necklace pendants that Amy Taylor has made using some of my textured clay pieces as cabachons. I just hope she doesn’t confuse a ridged chip with one of my pieces as she’s snacking & working at the same time?!!! Either direction would be a bad mistake!

Categories: artists, bowls, collaborations, textures

With ART IN THE GARDEN just a week away,
the collaborations are quickly coming together.

My fellow collaborator Cory McCrory has been assembling textured slabs for her part of our project. Looks like things are coming together nicely!

Categories: masks, textures

Making masks to bring a smile to your face! Ceramic masks to hang on the wall… textured, color slipped and almost ready for this weekend’s soda-firing! Too bad this don’t normally get to come out to play at art fairs… no place to hang them in my tent. But hopefully some of them will make an appearance at ART IN THE BARN this year as I have some walls to hang them on!

Categories: collaborations, textures, tiles

One of the best parts of doing a small show like ART IN THE GARDEN is that we get to play with the other artists and do some amazing collaboration projects… not encouraged at regular art fairs! I know we’re all frantically working on pulling them together as the time draws near… and here’s a sneak peek of what mosaic artist Kristin Conneely has been doing with some of my textured tiles! Mark your calendar for September 8th & 9th to see the final results in Glenview!

Categories: textures, tiles

With some new textures & patterns thanks to my new Stodola rolling pins!