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

So I received a package in my studio today. It was a little beat up so I was concerned…
but it seemed okay when I opened it up.

I was excited to find a collection of new tools from CI Products.
Some pretty groovy carving tools, a diamond grinding disc, and more!
I can’t wait to give them a try in my studio. More to come…

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Categories: process, tools

Well lookey here… someone has an article published in the October issue of Ceramics Monthly. It’s the “Tips & Tools” segment… all about using a power drill for the holes in my berry bowls. Thanks to the folks at Ceramics Monthly for inviting me to contribute to their magazine.

Categories: tools

Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE trimming!

Categories: summer camp, tools

Some great new tools to “play with” in the Metals Department. And with some great instruction from Pam, we went relatively uninjured for the week. Good job Campers… thanks for paying attention & watching your fingers!!!

 

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Categories: stamps, studio, tools

So many stamps. So many patterns. So many possibilities.
And just for the record, I have over six tool boxes just like this one
full of my handmade stamps!!!

Categories: pottery, process, production, studio, tools

Spent some time tonight trimming my stamped cylinders… with my favorite trimming tool. THE GIFFIN GRIP. It’s a brilliant contraption that instantly centers things and makes my trimming life so much easier in the studio!!! Love it.

Categories: studio, tools

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE trimming??? No seriously… I do…

Categories: tools

I simply LOVE my Shimpo Banding Wheel. I use it almost every day and it stills spins perfectly. Love it. I can’t imagine working in my studio without it. But I do long for the days when it was still that nice Shimpo shade of blue.

Categories: tools

This afternoon I had a new tool to play with… thank you Sarah!
I think it will be fun to throw with to add some grooves on the sides of cylinders. But today was not a “throwing day” for me. So I decided to play with some slabs & some slip to see what it might do?!

First I dragged it across a slab of clay – and it makes some nice clean grooves.
Sharp edges down in the grooves with gently rounded edges on the tops.

Then I painted layers of slip on the slab and dragged the tool through.
Just playing with lines & squiggles! A little quick fun… now I need to make a plan
on how to REALLY use this fun new tool!!!

Categories: studio, tools