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

And another big congratulations to “My Talented Friend”… and art fair booth neighbor… amazing metalsmith Amy Taylor who received an “Award Of Excellence” ribbon this weekend at the Glenview Summer Art Fair.

Not only will Amy be with us at ART IN THE GARDEN… she’s also the host… as we’ll all be setting up our grassroots art fair event once again in her backyard garden on September 11th & 12th. Mark your calendars!

And yes, Tom will be there too & up to his usual antics!!!

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends

Huge congratulations to “My Talented Friend” Mary Foster who won BEST OF SHOW this weekend at the Glenview Summer Art Fair! Her paintings & woodcut prints are beautiful, colorful & whimsical. So excited to have her with us as part of ART IN THE GARDEN… my next art fair in early September! More details to come… and CONGRATS again Mary!

Categories: art fair, flowers, pottery

All set-up & re-stocked for Day Two of the GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR. It looks like another beautiful & warm summer day… even nicer under my shade tree with a gentle breeze! Customers are already starting to show up early… so here we go until 5:00pm. Giddy-up!

Categories: art fair, bike, sunrise

Quiet & warm. Humid & still. Not a lot of clouds… but some nice reflections shimmering on the morning lake. Once again, a beautiful way to start the day… before I head back to the GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR for Day Two!!!

Categories: weather

The storm rolled through this afternoon around 4:00pm… enough to end the art fair an hour early… and by 5:00pm it was gone! And we were once again treated to blue skies & dramatic clouds!

Categories: art fair, weather

Day One of the GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR is done!
It was a bit warm today, but I have a great booth spot in the shade with a great breeze all day! So nice to be back outside at a live art fair with great customers & friends stopping by!

Not too bad… until the storm rolled through to cut-off the last hour of our show! It’s never a good sign when everyone gets an alert to their iPhones of an imminent thunderstorm warning in the area!!! Clouds, wind, rain… but not enough to cause any damage!

All good… and looking forward to another good day tomorrow! I hope you have a chance to stop by to see me in Booth #39 from 11:00am-5:00pm tomorrow!

Categories: art fair, pottery

Just a quick reminder… I’ll be setting up my tent & filling it with pottery this weekend for the Glenview Summer Art Fair. It’s supposed to be warm this weekend, but rumor has it my booth will be conveniently located under a nice shade tree!

Categories: flowers, summer camp

Today at Summer Camp I received a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers & lovely note from my CIT Olivia. She worked with me for both weeks of Sculpture Camp and was a wonderful addition to my camps. But today was her last official day as a CIT. As a “Counselor-In-Training”, Olivia has been learning-the-ropes of summer camp from the teacher’s perspective. She’s been a “camper” with us before, but is now old enough to be part of the team! Olivia was a pleasure… and I hope she returns to help out with more summer camps real soon! Thanks for helping… and thanks for the note & flowers Olivia!

Categories: bowls, stamped, textures

I’ve kinda been on a bowl-making kick lately!
Trying to replenish the supply for upcoming art fairs. Sure, this one is still wet under plastic… but there will be plenty of other serving bowls ready to go to their new forever-homes tomorrow during the Glenview Summer Art Fair!

Categories: clay, lillstreet, process, summer camp

Well, we’re finishing up another week of Wheelthrowing Summer Camp… and what better way than by having the kids clean-up after themselves… and after some of the adults too! Once again they decided to push the reclaim clay through the grid & wash down the bucket.

Something I’ve NEVER seen an adult student do…
and never with such a cute face involved!!!