Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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The zinnias are in full bloom… thanks to the condo down the street! Yes, the same garden that had the amazing lilies earlier this summer. Beautiful colors, textures & patterns. Reminding me that I should try to add more flowers into my front yard garden next year!

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Okay, so I knew it might be a “challenging” week of Summer Camp on Monday when I asked if they had tools pulled aside for my class to do their handbuilding projects. And all they brought me were coffee stirrers, toothpicks & plastic forks?! Really?… toothpicks??? It kinda felt like I was in an episode of “The Great Pottery Throw Down”… kid’s version!

I will admit, that out of frustration, I went down to my own studio and pulled plenty of REAL tools for my campers to use!

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Just a little early morning waxing before Summer Camp starts. Trying to squeeze in one last glaze firing before this weekend’s GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR!

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Trying to get a few more things done in the next two weeks… throwing, stamping, firing, glazing, firing… before the GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR on July 30th & 31st. So I did a little stamping on another large platter. Here it is from the start… row after row… one stamped impression at a time!

I mean… one row is nice… but two might be better…

So why not go for a third row of stamps???

And if three rows are good… lets go one row further!!!

Looks like there’s just enough room left for one more row of stamps…. so let’s go for it!

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New clay nuggets… kinda looking like a mini-Stonehenge... getting ready to pull some handles for my latest batch of mugs!

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Blue skies & barns… pedaling along Old Route 66 yesterday!

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Need another reason to come to Sandwich this weekend?…
like THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR isn’t enough?!

Well, on Sunday, the Sandwich Antique Flea Market is open too! Just a few blocks from Cory’s studio… so stop by for some pottery… and then head over for some rusty crusty flea market fun!!!

For more information https://www.sundayatsandwichantiques.com/

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So maybe I should learn better???… that sometimes Siri doesn’t know everything!?!! So when I got to Minneapolis, I asked Siri to give me driving directions to my friend Sarah’s home… and Siri gave me directions right away. So I followed them blindly, saw a few familiar sights along the way… and ended up HERE!!! At Sarah’s Studio location… and NOT her home! Siri was wrong… again… and yes, this is the SECOND TIME I’ve made this mistake!!! Ugh.

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After the shellac had dried, it was time to start wiping away the “background” with a sponge & cold water. As you’re wiping, you need to be careful not to scrub away the shellac… but instead, wipe away just the background areas. As you wipe, you start to reveal a height difference.. . with a nice edge along the shellac’d areas. The shellac will disappear during the bisque firing… so the finished surface it layered & ready for glazing! Well done my LILLSTREET THROWDOWNers!!!

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So last night we tried the newest OREO flavor… and LOVED it! Our only question was “why did we put up with the plain white ones for so long when we shoulda had these?! Yummy… and gone… and looking for more!!!