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

So this past weekend was my annual Holiday Home Show.
And I would like all of my faithful customers for making it a rousing success!
It was great to see so many familiar faces hanging out & relaxing in my place.

With pots in every room of my condo, it was a great kick-off for the holiday shopping
season. Some rushed in with shopping list in tow. Others were just there to browse.
Either way, it was great to see everyone having fun & enjoying the holiday ambiance.
Especially those who I’ve met this past summer on the art fair circuit
who finally got to come to my home and see my widest pottery selection to date!
Always more work displayed at the Home Show than I can squeeze into my 10’x10′ tent.
Plus, many people took time to admire my tile wall… all 2,894 tiles of it!

Plus, the ever-popular “Tired Of Shlepping Sale” drew rave reviews by many bargain
shoppers. The shelves were filled with pieces I’m tired of “shlepping” around
to all of the art fairs, plus some class demo pieces… and a few with minor damage
or “kisses” from the kiln – a few drips, a couple chunks from the kiln ceiling.
With great discount pricing, these sale racks are always a big draw! You should have
seen the gridlock surrounding the clearance shelves first thing Saturday morning!!!

Thanks again to everyone who found time to fit my Home Show into their hectic schedule.
And mark your calendar now for next year… it’s ALWAYS the weekend before Thanksgiving!!!

Categories: artists, gallery, pottery

Also next Saturday…
I have been invited by Steven Hill to participate in his Holiday Open House
at Center Street Clay in Sandwich, Illinois. It’s an honor to be invited…
sadly, I will not be there in person as I will be hosting my own Holiday Home Show.

Holiday Open House and Sale
Open House – Saturday, November 22nd – 12:00pm-9:00pm
Holiday show continues through December 21st
Gallery Hours on Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm-4:00pm
and by appointment. Take a drive out west and visit the quaint town of Sandwich.

Center Street Clay
218 West Center Street, Sandwich, Illinois 60548
(815) 570-2030  -

Steven Hill is a well-known potter who recently moved to Illinois and established
Center Street Clay in Sandwich. This will be his second holiday season here and they’re
kicking it off with a great Holiday Open House.

Steven Hill

Invited Artists…

Kenyon Hansen

Lindsey Heiden

Doug Jeppesen

Cory McCrory

Sarah Mizanin

CJ Niehaus

Phyllis Pischl

…and me too!!!

Categories: art fair, pottery, production, studio

One week from today is my annual Holiday Home Show.
So I’m at the studio today firing another soda kiln full of new pieces.
Here’s a glimpse of the stacked kiln – before the door was bricked closed
and the firing began! This kiln will cool all day Sunday
and be unloaded Monday night… just in time for my big holiday show!

“My Home For The Holidays” Home Show 2008
Saturday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd

It’s the widest selection of work from Fire When Ready Pottery
that you’ll see all year – with pottery in every room of my condo
and my annual “Tired Of Shlepping Sale” at clearance prices!
It’s the perfect chance to start your holiday shopping.

Please contact me for address, directions & more details…

Categories: inspiration, nature, photography

The past three mornings have been stunning.
The weather has been surprisingly warm and the sunrises spectacular.
A wonderful view each morning as I ride along the lakefront before work.
Each day I’ve wondered if it can get any better…

And each time it did…