Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

What’s better than a stamped & soda-fired oval vase???
One that has fulfilled its destiny and has beautiful FLOWERS!!!

 

Categories: art fair, textures, vases

So excited to bring my new soda-fired flower bricks to ART IN THE BARN this weekend!
I think they turned out pretty cool… can’t wait to see them with some flowers in them!!!
I’m hoping to get some good photos before they fly off the shelves!!!

And especially pleased that my first project using my new STODOLA texture rolling pins turned out well. They were fun to play with… can’t wait to make more cool textures with the carved rolling pins! Click here to check out their website!

Categories: flowers, vases

Another beautiful day here in Chicago. A little warmer than expected.
Hotter than mid-September usually is… but I’m LOVING IT!!!
And the flowers are still looking good on my back porch.
Not sure what these orange cuties are?… but they’re pretty cool.
They bloom for a surprisingly long time – with blossoms working their way up the stem in a weird kind of “pod” that looks like hops?!

And what better way to show some small flowers than in a mini vase???

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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!

 

 

 

 

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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: process, production, vases

So I started with some bottomless cylinders that I had already finessed into ovals. Then I added a smooth slab bottom, scored & slipped, and let them sit overnight after roughly trimming the slab with a smidge of a margin. I placed them on newspaper and under plastic. My hope was that the bottom slab might stiffen up a bit, but the rest of the cylinder would stay moist. And it worked. I also add a small tile weight inside so that there is no extra bulging or warping overnight. Not sure if there would be… but why not take the precaution just in case?

So today I came in to smooth out the bottoms for a more finished edge.
I start by cutting the bottom slab margin off with a needle tool.

Then I flip it over and do a light tapping with a paddle to compress the attachment
and create a bit of a beveled angle along the bottom edge.

More fun with a good action shot, right?

Then I take a stiff green Mud Tool plastic rib to “shave off” the excess clay that bulged out during the paddling.

And then I do some gentle smoothing & refining of the edge. Establishing a good beveled edge, as well as smoothing out the attachment so it looks like it might have been all one piece from the start.

At this point the “could be” done… but I have more plans for these ovals!!!
So they’re wrapped up overnight so I can continue working on them tomorrow after camp.
There’s got to be some texture somewhere, right???

 

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

Mini flowers need mini vases.
And mini vases need mini stamps, right?!
Love the smell of lily-of-the-valley too!!!

Categories: flowers, seasons, soda-fired, stamped, vases, weather

And what better way to celebrate Spring finally making it to Chicago
than with some bright flowers in a few different stamped & soda-fired vases?!

Square, traditional or vertical cylinder? Which is your favorite???