Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends

Catherine, one of my pottery students, had been covering this Sarah Chapman necklace on her website. Just a couple days ago… it SOLD to someone else! Guess Catherine is going to need to find a new one at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW … this weekend at the Merchandise Mart Booth 2118.

Categories: art fair, artists, craftsmanship, creativity, My Talented Friends

My Talented Friend & amazing metalsmith Sarah Chapman is back in town this weekend and showing her artistry at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW. Starting tomorrow at the Merchandise Mart, the art fair continues through the weekend. Sarah is in Booth 2118… and I’ll be helping her there on Saturday & Sunday. Be sure to swing by to say “Hi”… and to see Sarah’s amazing metal & gemstone masterpieces!

Categories: family, holiday

And so it beginsHappy First Day of December!
Pull out your advent calendars if you’ve got ‘em?! Like this one that my Grandma Kitty made for me many years ago! Such a wonderful yearly tradition filled with great family memories.

Categories: process, production, studio

Just spending a little “quality time” with my diamond grinding disc from DiamondCore Tools !!! Cleaning off a few drippy soda-fired. bottoms. Notice the mug bottom before & after… plus a few more to come!

Just put the grinding bat on the wheel, wet the disc, wet the pot, press… spin… grind… CLEAN!!! Thank you DiamondCore Tools for making this ugly task so much easier & smoother!!!

Categories: handbuilding, soda-fired, stamped

Hard to believe it’s the last day of November… and therefore time for another handmade chain for the “Chain Of The Month Challenge.” So here’s November’s entry… fresh out of the soda kiln. Fired in a “medium” soda area so that the links wouldn’t fuse together… and yet still get enough soda exposure for some fun flashing effects! Number eleven… can’t believe we just have one more to finish off the year?!


Categories: classes, holiday, lillstreet, wheelthrowing

Last week in my Intermediate Wheel class, we decided to tackle wheelthrown Christmas trees… as they seem to be all the rage on Instagram! So we started throwing and soon enough had a forest of groovy shapes & styles!!!

And here are my class demos… more trees & more styles to come…

Categories: sunset

Urban sunset tonight… colorful changes two minutes apart.

Categories: friends, mugs, stamped

I just love when my friends & customers share their pottery being used at home. Seeing how my pottery is becoming part of their everyday rituals excites me.

“Enjoying my first cup of coffee in my newest mug from Fire When Ready Pottery” – Kristen

Categories: bowls, food

Looks like Kristy is kickin’ back on a chilly Sunday with her homemade comfort food in some of my handmade pottery bowls! Thanks for sharing your tummy-warming meal Kristy!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Another chilly morning with a layer of low-flying clouds on the horizon. A slow start to a beautiful morning.