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

Over the years, I have frequently mentioned one of my “studio neighbors” at Lillstreet
Karen Patinkin. The two of us are frequently there – we used to play Jeopardy! over the walls
everyday at 3:30pm. Lately, we’ve been overlapping for about an hour… so as I’m coming in
she’s getting ready to leave. A metaphorical “high-five” and it’s the changing of the guard.
But tonight, she stayed a little bit later as she was working on a set of bowls for a commission.
For those that may not have seen her work, Karen makes these incredible porcelain pieces
that have a insane amount of elaborate  glaze decoration. Hours & hours of details.
Beautiful… even though these are still just a “work in progress.”
Imagine how pretty they are after the final glaze firing!

And the original “example” that she’s trying to replicate for her commission clients…

It’s good to know that I’m not the only insane one around the studio these days…



April 1st, 2011

I love these. THAT is commitment… and an insane amount of talent and patience. Would love to see the final product.

April 1st, 2011

Really, really nice!

Laura Jensen

February 9th, 2012

My housekeeper broke a bowl of Karen’s creation and I would like to know, short of taking a trip back to Chicago, how I might replace it.

February 10th, 2012

LAURA – Sorry for your loss. I’m sure you were heartbroken… and your housekeeper mortified. I’m not sure if there’s an “easy” way. But I can hook you up with Karen directly. Feel free to contact her, and let her know that I referred you! Her e-mail is “”. Good luck!

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