I’m a greenhouse grower and potter; fond of books and travel.  I like to read and tell stories, and have found that friends are interested in my own stories.  I also like to share my pottery-making experiences with other potters and get their feedback…  I turned 65 back in November and am getting used to that as well.  Thanks for reading…  and your comments are much appreciated.


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Denise Carlin

    I am not seeing your name (that’s ok). Just want to tell you that I discovered your site in my ramblings somewhere on the computer and signed up for your newsletter. Wow, I just got up and am having my morning coffee and browsing through your site! Wonderful.
    I am wondering where you live?
    I live in North Carolina and grow tons and tons of flowers for my own pleasure. I started out with a small garden out front and now my “gardens” are everywhere on my acre of land. When I needed more space for some flowers, I would just create a new bed. Right now I am working on a very small Japanese garden.
    I too am over 65, a reader and a potter.
    I just must say that your pottery is awesome!!!! So very creative. Where do you sell your creations?
    I hand-build and currently am working on things to go in the garden. Since it is spring and I am trying to get my veggie garden in and weed my flower beds, my pottery is having to wait a bit.
    Well must be off for now…. I didn’t plan for this to be so long. I just wanted to say how much I like your creations!!

  2. Dawn

    Hello Ginger,
    I come across your blog while searching “what to do with dry slabs?” I really had intended to work that 30 pounds of slabs, I made, in a day or two but life got in the way as it always seems to do. Oh well, I’ll find something to do with them.
    I enjoyed your story about Johnny the metal guy. I had a good long cackle.
    Your carvings are lovely and inspiring.
    Fayetteville, Arkansas

  3. Lois Chattin

    Hello. Is this Barrett Jackson who used to have Jackson Stoneware in Nampa, Idaho? If so, I love the way your work has evolved! I used to apprentice with you back in the late 70’s.

    1. justging Post author

      Yes… the very same. I will pass your email address on to Barrett. He has been my mentor for many years, and works in the ceramic industry in LA at this time, but is planning to retire to Portland soon.

  4. Ricki Gibson

    Hi Ginger
    I love your blog. I am a HS teacher at a school in Indiana and I am going to modify your post here https://justging.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/stiff-slab-handbuilding-with-porcelain/#comments and create a clay assignment for my beginning sculptors. I wanted to know if you could give me more information on your “approach joins” and the beveling techniques that you use to make your vases look so fabulous. I would be happy to send you photos of our finished work.

    1. justging Post author

      http://gingersteele.blogspot.com/ Hi Ricki… I don’t know if you have ever seen my other blog, that is all ceramics how-to. There may be more there that your students might find useful. The JustGing blog was supposed to be a writing practice blog, but soon turned into clay stuff too. I will put a little something together about approach joins for you over the weekend. Bevelling is good practice as well. The essence of handbuilding – I am sure you know this – is conditioning the clay to exactly the correct stage of dryness. It must be moist enough to join, and dry enough to support itself. For some forms, it must also be able to flex into a curve. When I plan to handbuild, I slice several bags of clay into flat 1/3’s, stand them on edge and dry them until they can just go through the slab roller. Then I put them on plastic sheeting on plywood boards, and cover and uncover until the clay is just right. I spend several days prepping up my clay before starting to handbuild. Fussy! Thanks for reading my blog, check in after the weekend. I made a couple of nice handbuilt pieces for my recent show and I will post pix of them in the post. Ginger


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