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

Some new textured & soda-fired vases ready for this weekend’s Holiday Home Show. Especially when each side of the vase has a different pattern. Get tired of one pattern, just flip it around to the other. Like two vases for the price of one!

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

I’ve been working on adding some new “square” slab vases into my repertoire. Two different sizes, each with two different patterns on the two different sides. Textured, detailed with colored slip and/or glaze and soda-fired to help show off Nature’s beauty.


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

Bringing a bit of nature’s beauty indoors. White hydrangeas in a stamped & soda-fired vase.


Categories: flowers, garden, textures, vases

A simple arrangement of summer blooms in a textured ikebana vase.
Thanks Kim for sharing some beauties from your garden!

Categories: lillstreet, porcelain, soda-fired, vases

Here’s a quick peek at the porcelain vases I made and donated for the Lillstreet ArtReach Fundraiser. They had asked for a couple tumblers, but I wanted to do more for the kids. So I offered up some vases for the floral centerpieces… each to be sold off at the end of the event. So if you were one of the lucky folks enjoying an evening of “Art Under The Stars” you would have your choice of one of these vases. A great chance to donate to a great program AND come away with a beautiful “souvenir.”


So hopefully by now, people are enjoying their evening on the Lillstreet Rooftop.
A special evening to support the efforts put forth by the ArtReach Chicago group.
Bringing creativity to the community. Sharing clay, paint and other supplies.
Making art happen all around the City… in places that need a little extra inspiration!

Categories: porcelain, soda-fired, vases

My donation vases are all packed up for the ArtReach Fundraiser. I had hoped for a couple more, but they didn’t quite make it into the last soda kiln. So seven porcelain vases it is!!! All for a good cause… and more art for the kids!!!






Categories: glaze, lillstreet, stamped, vases

Porcelain vases glazed, wadded, loaded, soda-fired, cooling… and unloading tonight. I can’t wait to see how they turn out before I donate them all to the ArtReach Chicago Fundraiser. I just wish more of them could have made it into the soda kiln so I could have donated even more!!!

For more information about ArtReach and the charitable programs they provide for kids in Chicago… and especially their fundraiser event where you could get one of these vases… click here.



Categories: porcelain, stamped, vases

Finished trimming & detailing the porcelain vases with colored flashing slips.
One step closer… drying… and still racing towards the event deadline!

Categories: porcelain, stamped, textures, vases

Making vase… making patterns!
Just a little stamping on the latest batch of porcelain vases.

Categories: clay, porcelain, vases

I’m making some new vases for an upcoming event.
Hope I can get them stamped, dried, fired, glazed & fired again in time for the big party?!!!
Fingers crossed.