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

A brisk & quick ride along the lake this morning. Not the most beautiful of sunrises, but a really good “reason” why I can have a LOT of extra desserts today… guilt-free!!!


Categories: holiday
Categories: bike

Finally… a morning without rain, snow or killer winds.
Too bad it was without a sunrise too?!

Categories: art fair, mugs, pottery, tiles

Special Thanks to everyone who made it to my condo this weekend for my Holiday Home Show. I had a wonderful weekend with lots of friends, family, customers, students & more stopping by. It’s my biggest show of the year with pots in every room. And every room is decked out with holiday decorations as well. Like my fireplace mantle… with my collection of handblown glass pieces.

Inside there were pots in every room. My dining room was filled with pots stacked up on the table. The shelves lined the walls and blocked the windows… pretty much making my condo a “store” for the next few weeks!

Around the place there were LOTS of pots to look at. Here’s a quick example of some of the work you missed out on if you didn’t stop by! Teapots, over 100 mugs, wall pocket vases, bottles, vases and so much more!

‘Tis the season… and to celebrate the season, of course I had a LOT of Christmas ornaments. First off, my wheelthrown ornaments with wire ring hangers were scattered in every room.

I also had collections of other ornaments. Plenty to choose from!!!

My living room wall had a selection of ceramic masks, ClayQuilt tile boards and my round, textured wall pillows. I love how they can be grouped in random “constellations” on the wall.

I also have a LOT of tiles. Not only did I have several ClayQuilt tile boards, but customers could also see the wall I tiled in my place. Just under three thousand tiles on the wall… and a few more ornaments hanging in the doorway!

ClayQuilts come in different color palettes. Always fun to see what hues & shades come out of the kiln, and then assembling them to create a unified “picture” with each Quilt.

In addition to tiled ClayQuilts, I also have tiled mirrors.

But one of the biggest “draws” for my regular customers is my annual “Tired Of Shlepping Sale” where I have my seconds, class demos and many pieces that I’m just tired of shlepping around from fair to fair. It makes my back porch a huge destination for the bargain hunters!!!

I also like to show off some of my other artworks & collections around my place. Even though they may not be for sale, it’s fun for people to see where I live, what my place looks like and what inspires me. I think an artists home says so much about them. I love seeing where they live and what they choose to surround themselves with. So this weekend may have been “insightful” for some first timers to my place! Including this textured button tapestry I made for myself a few years back.

As well as many of my collections all over the place. Sure, I could hide them all away… but why?! Instead they just add to the ambiance of my place. Including my collection of sgraffito beauties by Matt Metz.

But there always collections of MY pieces too… like this stack of stamped bowls & plates. All waiting in the kitchen for some snacks. Brownies were baked this morning, and cookies were cooling. These plates were waiting for the onslaught of customers!

And who doesn’t LOVE a huge bowl full of M&M’s???

At the end of their shopping adventure, customers were greeted with a fond farewell from my Santa bear… and another HUGE Thank You to everyone who stopped by. Whether you did your holiday gift shopping, bought a few goodies for yourself, or just sat on the sofa and snacked on cookies… it was great to have you stop by for a visit. You all made my weekend!!!

So?…. did I make you feel bad that you missed the Holiday Home Show this weekend?!

Well, there may be a “good chance” that there will be another opportunity…
maybe?… quite possibly?… a good chance of Saturday, December 13th.
Allegedly… hypothetically… and there may even be a Guest Artist too! I’m just sayin’…

More details to come… but go ahead and mark your calendar now!!!

Categories: textures, tiles

Another good reason to come over to my place today for Day Two of my Holiday Home Show?… you can see the wall I covered with my little textured tiles. Touch it, love it, rub up against it, fondle it, whatever. Just 2,894 textured tiles on the wall… not that I’ve counted. Okay, maybe I have…

Categories: art fair, holiday

Brownies are baked. Cookies are cooling…
and we’re OPEN for Day Two of my Holiday Home Show.

Shelves are full of wonderful gifts for everyone on your list (most definitely including yourself). Stop by today from 10:00am-6:00pm. Shoot me an e-mail if you need specific address information… before I finish all of the cookies myself!!!

Categories: art fair, pottery

Now it’s time to clean up, put some snacks away and then pull up some more pottery from the basement and replenish the shelves for tomorrow! Already added a few more things to the “Tired Of Shlepping Sale.”

Day One was great, looking forward to Day Two!!!

Categories: art fair, family, holiday

I also had a wonderful visit today with cousin Kim and my Minnesota Cousins who made the trip for their FIRST EVER Holiday Home Show!!!

So much fun… plus, they “almost” made it home with my big Captain America Pez Dispenser sculpture until Mom put the kibosh on it. FYI – He’s still looking for a good home!

Categories: art fair, holiday, pottery

Special thanks to everyone who made it out my Holiday Home Show today.
It was a crazy flurry of holiday fun, with LOTS of pots moving everywhere.
It was great fun to see so many of my loyal customers all in one place… MY place!!!

Thanks so much… and I’m looking forward
to doing it all over again tomorrow from 10:00am-6:00pm.

If you need address information, just send me a quick e-mail or Facebook message.

Categories: ornaments

Just finished adding wire hoops to the last of my ornaments during the Lillstreet Studio Holiday Open House. One more thing checked off the To-Do-List. Still more things on “the list” than I would like at this point. Next…