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

Last night I hung out with some friends at Lillstreet Art Center before making it upstairs to my studio. Such a fun distraction to have the classrooms downstairs with a lot of great fun & art going on down there. Last night my friend Terry Hogan was once again working on her incredibly intricate pierced porcelain creations. Up until recently, they’ve been on the smaller size. But lately she’s been expanding (literally) and going for some larger, sculptural pieces. Still with that crazy perfection & attention-to-detail.

And how does she do it one might ask? Well, with a crazy amount of creativity & patience!!! But also a pretty cool pile of tools for poking, piercing, pricking and pointilism-ing!



March 28th, 2013

WOW! I love Terry’s work. Now I have TWO reasons to get my butt to Chicago!

Kim Torkko

March 28th, 2013

Are the holes all the way through?

Anna's Ceramics

March 28th, 2013

love the combination of holes and additions – can see I need to look for some more tools myself :^)

Christine Stein

March 28th, 2013


March 28th, 2013

Your work, needless to say, is gorgeous!

March 28th, 2013

would you post this again after glaze?
do you have to go back again and re prick each hole after glazing?
It is lovely…

March 29th, 2013

CECILY… Thanks, but this post is about my friend Terry and her incredible work!

March 29th, 2013

KATHIE – A lot of these pierced porcelain pieces go unglazed. Terry leaves many of them plain, or with just a simple liner glaze. Sometimes she rubs an oxide or underglaze into the impressions just to make them “pop.” It would kind of be a nightmare to see her plunge one of these into a bucket of glaze! Yikes!!!


October 9th, 2013

I just would like to see the piece finished… the whole piece

Jeanie Alexander

May 10th, 2014

The beauty of Terry’s work takes my breath away. Does she have a website where we can see it? Is any of her work for sale? Simply exquisite!

May 17th, 2014

JEANIE – Unfortunately, Terry does not have a website to show off her work. She should. Instead, I do my best to promote her work for her. She’s not one to toot her own horn. I’m sure she would be thrilled to hear from you – and she might have some pieces for sale. Here is her e-mail address… just tell her I referred you. Good luck in adding a piece from Terry into your collection.


October 1st, 2014

Beautiful!! Want to see in person.

Fatima Anaya

March 26th, 2015

This is just amazingly beautiful, but would it be possible if you showed the whole finished project and perhaps do a how to video? That would be even more amazing!

March 26th, 2015

FATIMA – I wish I could. I’m sure Terry’s wonderful piece has been sold already. As for a how-to video, I’m pretty sure she’s never made one. I will definitely suggest it… but she’s pretty old school. She just loves the quiet meditation of making the pinch pots and then poking them incessantly. Her work is incredible… but sadly, she has no website or online presence for you to see more. Sorry.

September 9th, 2016

I am totally mesmerized by this piece as it exhibits a rhythm with the movement of the add on pieces. Holes have always brought great attention to any piece as a decorated form. I simply love her work.


January 21st, 2018

My art teacher (Mrs Kitchingham) asked us to pick an artist on which to create a research page.
Could you confirm where I might find some information about Terry Hogan please?

Thank you.

January 21st, 2018

Sounds like a fun project. I think this is her e-mail…
And you can also do a GOOGLE search for “Terry Hogan Ceramics” to find a bunch of stuff. Good luck.

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