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

So we’ve been “teasing” you for a long time now… and we’ve been working on these since mid-June. And now the big weekend is finally here and Cory & I are ready to show off our Collaboration Project.

I approached my friend Cory McCrory back in June during the Hinsdale Fine Art Fair. We were both scheduled to be part of Amy Taylor’s Grassroots Art Fair. And with my marketing background, I knew that we needed a “hook” of some sort. So we devised a plan… if we work together on a Limited Edition set of Collaboration pieces, we’ll have something fun to blog & post, as well as something really fun to show-off at “Art In The Garden.”

By now you may have figured it out… visual puns of some popular garden plants.
Each of Cory’s tiles are handbuilt with paperclay to represent the plant name. All of them whimsical, some with a twisting play on words… and others just a little bit racy. My part of the collaboration was to make textured tiles for the surrounding space. Pretty much the field tiles of green are surrounding the art tile in the center… kinda like “Art In The Garden” of green tiles!!!

So here’s the BIG REVEAL!!! You’ve waited long enough…
and now they’re all ready for their Big Debut this weekend.

“Art In The Garden : A Grassroots Art Fair”
Saturday, August 30th & Sunday, August 31st – 10:00am-5:00pm.

1205 Hutchings Avenue,  Glenview,  IL 60025
One block west of Waukegan Road between Lake Street & Glenview Road.
More specifically between Grove Street (at a light) and McLean Court.

So here they are… wait no longer…
And remember, they will be at “Art In The Garden” while quantities last.
First come, first served. And when they’re gone, they’re gone!!!

1. Black-Eyed Susan she was the one that started it all.
What started out as just a play on words for my favorite flowers… changed and now this!

2. Foxglove

3. Bleeding Heart

4. Hens & Chicks

5. Spider Plant

6. Butterfly Bush

7. Queen Anne’s Lace

8. Poison Ivy

9. Dinosaur Food

10. Black-Eyed Susan

11. Spider Flower

12. Butterfly Bush

13. Poison Ivy

14. Queen Anne’s Lace … actually, it’s more like Queen Anne’s Lacey Panties!!!

15. Bleeding Heart

But wait… that’s only fifteen?!!!… I thought there were originally sixteen?!!!

Okay, so here’s the deal…
Remember back a couple weeks when I was kind of “gloating” that I had made almost DOUBLE the number of tiles I needed to finish my part? Well, I was wrong. I never said I was good at math.

Somehow I had determined that I needed about 450 tiles for my part of the collaboration with Cory. Not sure how. But when I was glazing & loading the kiln I was “sure” that I had made almost twice as many as I needed.

Good thing.

Turns out I needed 768 tiles to go along with the 16 center tiles that Cory had made.
With 48 tiles per board, that makes a total of 768 tiles.
Now remember back to my previous post… I had made & glazed 724 tiles.
Which I thought was MORE than enough. WRONG!!! Again… NOT good with math!!!

So I had to get a little creative with one of them… as I had just enough of the green glazed tiles to do 15 collaboration pieces! So one of them now has a collection of soda-fired tiles instead. And I kinda love how it brings out the color of the Fox and his gloves!!! Who knows… I might “need” to keep this one for myself?!

16. Foxglove



August 31st, 2014

Awesome work you two…

Ann Merk

August 31st, 2014

Love them. Especially the Fox Glove

August 31st, 2014

Incredible winners, all of them. Clever, clever, clever. I was so honored to see them in person this weekend and even more honored to talk with the collaborators and actually PICK ONE OUT! Thrilled beyond belief. Thank you for your beautiful work, both of you!

September 1st, 2014

Hi Gary,
Went to your show today MONDAY. DUH I’m getting old. Interested in a couple pieces. The ‘butterfly bush’ with the belly button, or a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’. Let me know availability and cost and I can either send you a check or call you with my credit card. Would like to pick up at “Art In The Barn.” Very cool pieces. Thanks, Richard

September 1st, 2014

HEY RICHARD – What were you thinking?!!! Thanks for trying though. Amy sent me a message saying “someone” stopped by today… apparently it was you!!! Good for me, but unfortunately for you, ALL of the ones you were looking for were sold off over the weekend. “Butterfly Bush” with the navel and both “Black-Eyed Susans” have already gone off to new homes! I believe the other “Butterfly Bush” with the magnifying glass might still be available… but they’re going fast. We sold another one last night at midnight to someone in New Jersey!!! Cory has the remainder of them and she will be taking them to the West End Art Fair in LaGrange this coming weekend. In a couple days, I will post pictures of the ones that are still remaining. Hopefully there might still be one you like?… and then we can work something out. I can’t believe that “Art In The Barn” is just one month away. Yikes!!! GARY

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