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

Considering I just threw these pots last Sunday… I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised that I might be taking the proverbial¬† “warm” pots to the art fair tomorrow. Two sizes of terra cotta flower pots fresh from the kiln… straight into a crate in my car and headed to Schaumburg in a few hours!!!


Categories: glaze, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Tiny little vases need tiny little stamps!
Two of many mini vases coming to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival this weekend… Saturday & Sunday!

Categories: art fair, mugs

Just a “few” mugs still to price & pack.!
Plenty of them headed to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival for Saturday & Sunday!

Categories: sunrise

It’s always a wonderful sign when the lifeguard chairs are returned to the lakefront beaches. A wonderful harbinger of Summer… and the fact that Chicago’s beaches official open on Monday!

Categories: bike, sunrise

A cloudy morning with beautiful sunrise colors.
A wonmderful diversion before the art fair pricing & packing begins today!

Categories: artists, Chicago, color, creativity

Groovy new mural on the West Side. Great style & colors…
a nice splash of whimsy on Hoyne Street. Thanks #brownwalls !

“El Corazon de la Bestia” / Heart of the Beast
Environments have defined us as humans and individuals. The experiences in these environments shape us internally. Because of this, we are busy building masks for society and we don’t always show or share who we really are at our core. We judge people by these masks, and not for who and what makes up the Beast inside them. Good or Bad we all have a Beast within us. Our Heart shows who it is.
– mural artist Roco Drilo







Categories: flowers, garden

Beautiful iris colors on a gray gloomy day.

Categories: art fair

It’s been a crazy couple-a weeks!!! SO busy in the studio getting ready for the kick-off of my Summer Art Fair season. Three kilns this week alone!!! Needless to say, I have so many things to post & share. But I have to get through this weekend first… and then I’ll try to catch everyone up. Here’s my show schedule… which starts this weekend in Schaumburg!!! Would love to have you stop by to see some of my new pottery!!!

Categories: kiln firing, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

Unloaded my soda kiln last night. Lots of bright colors…
not all browns & grays much to the chagrin of my soda students.
See, a soda firing CAN be colorful!

Now to pack it all up for this weekend’s art fair in Schaumburg!


Categories: process, production, terra cotta

Quick production… fast turn-around… trimming and trying to get them done quick!!!
These flower pots need to get in a kiln quick so they’re ready to go to the
Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival this coming weekend!!!