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

So while those freshly-thrown bowls are stiffening up a bit, I thought I’d do a little carving on one of the bowls from my class bowl demo. So with some banded areas of green slip on B-Clay that has dried to leatherhard, I set out with my Zebra Tool from Diamond Core Tools.

This one is my favorite… it’s the #P1 V-Tip Pencil Carver.
Nice sharp blades give clean lines and a beautiful v-shaped incision cut.

Okay, so I’m kinda regretting carving in the center. I think I liked it a lot better before I messed it up?!

Categories: studio, tools

Just a “small collection” of wire tools in my studio. You know. Just in case.

And thanks to Jon aka “Joe Bowl-a” for the photo…
and for not mocking me too much!

Categories: porcelain, process, stamps, tools

Just making some new stamps for the next set of pots coming soon. And for the first time, I decided to see what would happen if I tried my new carving tools from DiamondCore Tools for stamp-making?! Huge potential here with these great tools… I just think I need to let the clay stiffen up more & go bigger!!! No time to be timid with sharp Zebra Tools from DiamondCore!!!



Categories: studio, tools

Now I’ve got to say how much I LOVE my pegboard… always have, always will
but methinks it might be time for a big cleaning to kick-off the New Year.

Is there such a thing as too many pottery tools?!

Categories: tools

Christmas seems to have come a bit early with a new set of pottery tools by Diamond Core Tools. I can’t wait to get back into the studio after the holidays to really give them all a test drive! I love my first group of tools… so I have HIGH expectations for these ones too! They’re the sharpest & cleanest carving tools I’ve ever tried!! The perfect Christmas gift for any potter or ceramic artist.

Click here to go to their website for a wide selection of carving tools…
as well as other grinding, smoothing, and finishing tools.

Categories: photography, studio, tools

Seven Days & Seven Photos in black & white of your everyday life.
No explanation, no people. Challenge a friend to join everyday.

Day 3 of 7.
I was challenged by my friends Barb Duro & Pammy Walden.
Today I challenge Kelly Green Krenz.

Categories: process, production, tools

Spinning. Trimming. Make my feet look so much better!
Gotta love that Giffin Grip!

Categories: stamps, studio, tools

So many stamps, so little time…
and never enough pots to use them all.
This is less than a third of my stamp collection.

Categories: tools

Carving some leaf patterns through white slip to reveal the darker clay color… and using these great new Zebra Carving Tools by DiamondCore Tools. They seem a LOT sharper and give a much cleaner line! Loving them!!! Plus, the foam grippy thing for comfy holding, and the fact that you can pivot and change the angle of the blade. Genius!


Categories: summer camp, tools

Lots of kids in Summer Camp means lots of trimming tools
for Wheelthrowing Camp… for Wednesday is always Trimming Day!