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

Tumblers trimmed and accented with colored slip… drying overnight. These will go into my next soda kiln, so those “subtle” colors will change a lot when they flash in the soda firing atmosphere. Or at least that’s my hope…

Categories: pottery, production

I’ve been toying with some new pieces in my studio. We’ve talked a lot about spoons around the studio over the past year since NCECA Milwaukee. I must admit that it’s been a lot of talk… and not much spoon-making. Until now.

Here’s my first batch of spoons – still needing some refinement and firing!
So far… I’m kinda digging spoon!!!

Categories: production, stamped

It was a productive day in the studio today. A large batch of tumblers thrown & stamped. Some in soda clay, some with B-Clay. All waiting to be trimmed & painted with accents of colored slip.

Categories: bike, sunrise

This morning was colder than expected as the cold winds were blowing in off the lake. With some dramatic clouds moving quickly, it was a race to see which would win?!… the sunrise or total cloud-cover?

Turns out we had a pretty underwhelming gray & cloudy day!


Categories: creativity, movies

My favorite movie in 3rd Grade was “The Red Balloon.” We watched it during a school assembly and I was mesmerized. The simple story has stuck with me for years.

So I was excited, and quickly transported back to 3rd Grade, when I saw this whimsical table on Sure, the kid may have only had ONE Red Balloon… but since then, it looks like they’ve multiplied to make this wonderful table!!!

According to
The UP Balloon Coffee Table designed by Duffy London cleverly creates the illusion of a glass tabletop supported by 11 helium balloons. The balloons and strings in the UP Balloons table are actually made from steel rods and metal resin composite, creating a sturdy base. Duffy plans to make only 25 tables and they’re available in red, gold, and silver balloons.

Categories: kiln firing, porcelain, process

Latest bisque kiln unloaded… and here’s my new pile of porcelain pieces.
Now it’s time to start waxing the bottoms!!!

Categories: sunrise

Not much in the way of clouds this morning. Just a low flying layer that delayed the sunrise a bit… but then we got beautiful ripples of orange reflections.

Categories: flowers

With Spring finally here… one of my orchids is getting ready to re-blossom for the first time ever! Kind of exciting for an orchid novice like myself…

Categories: seasons


Categories: seasons