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

I spent the evening tonight gluing tiles together to make more of my “ClayQuilts.”
May sound easy… but the tiles slip & slide before the dry. So it’s a constant game
of trying to realign them into a nice grid before the adhesive dries! Let alone the design
& placement of the tiles. I work hard to make it look easy. I like to call it “forced random.”
Trying hard to “force the illusion” of random tile placement. Which is by no means random!!!



May 29th, 2010

Gary! I love the quilt but I love the floral photo quilt that you entered below it even more! I’m the art teacher you met in Schaumburg who spoke with you about being an artist in residence at my school next year. I’d love for us to talk about combining the idea of the flowers, plants and nature along with color in the “quilt squares” with the kids. I am planning on stopping by tomorrow to purchase. Lots to look at today! Great show and thank you for sharing with me how you created. Other exhibitors sometimes won’t share the idea because they are afraid of someone stealing it. I think it’s great when you share. So what if they copy you. I tell my kids its the greatest form of flattery and besides there were a dozen bead booths today :_)

May 29th, 2010

Only a dozen?!… ha! Yes, it was great to meet you today at the Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival – and to see the passion you have about teaching children. I too enjoy teaching kids, and have quite a hectic schedule of summer camp coming VERY soon! I look forward to talking with you more tomorrow, and more in the future, about our possible collaboration on some school projects. I too love to share… I didn’t invent clay. I didn’t invent tiles. I didn’t invent stamping. It’s more about how you express yourself using the tools provided & techniques learned. And I love to see the excitement in the kids’ eyes as they learn, create & enjoy the process. Hopefully we’ll be able to work something out going forward.

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