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

The don’t make ‘em like the used to… like the gorgeous Chicago Theater. Beautiful old-school interiors & stunning craftsmanship. Over-the-top design & architectural details. Just looking around the theater is always like a show before the show!!!

Categories: cirque du soleil, theater
Categories: Chicago, cirque du soleil, theater

Last week we kicked-off our holiday adventures with a stop at The Chicago Theater to see a brand new holiday show by my favorite Cirque du Soleil… “TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE. A fun night of holiday acrobatics & festive cheer. Okay, not quite as good as a full-on show under Le Grand Chapiteau… but still a fun holiday evening nonetheless!

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends, pottery

Still have a few people on your holiday gift list?…
Well, I’m hosting one last HOLIDAY HOME SHOW this Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm. Lots of pottery in every room… replenished & restocked for round two!!! And even better?… my good friend & amazing metalsmith Amy Taylor will be joining me as my special Guest Artist with all of her amazing jewelry!!! Stop by this Saturday to finish up your holiday shopping… or just to say HELLO!!!



Categories: Chicago, holiday, inspiration

Always a fun surprise when the CTA Holiday Train with Santa aboard turns the corner while you’re waiting on the platform. Suddenly flooded with a festive feeling… even though we were on the wrong side going the wrong direction to get on the train! Dang.

And then imagine my surprise when the very next train was the Elves’ Workshop Train!!! Still so fun & festive!!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs

The ST. NICK’S DAY ONLINE MUG SALE is almost over!
There are only two mugs left to be claimed!!! Thanks to everyone who has already found their mug… but if you still want to claim one of these two, scroll back about three Facebook posts on my page, find these mugs #3 & #18, and then leave a comment of “MINE” on the mug you want. First come, first served! Only two left in this online sale!!!

Mug #18

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends

I spent the day today down at The One Of A Kind Show helping my friend & uber-talented metalsmith Sarah Chapman in her booth. Beautiful work as always… plus an entire wall dedicated to brooches!!! Sarah did a challenge through 2019 of making one brooch a week!!! I’ll be playing with her again tomorrow at The Merchandise Mart… so be sure to stop by and say “Hello” in Booth #2118.

Categories: art fair, mugs

Just THREE HOURS until the official kick-off of my ST. NICK’S DAY ONLINE MUG SALE!!! Be sure to come back to my Facebook page to see the “official” Photo Album at 8:00pm tonight. The first person to leave a Comment on each photo that says “Mine” will get a great mug! First come, first served… and when they’re gone they’re gone!!!

Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

Subtle soda flashings on porcelain with a blush of turquoise glaze on Mug #20
coming up for sale tonight at 8:00pm central here on my pottery Facebook page!
Just over three hours until the sale goes LIVE!!!

Categories: glaze, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A super-smooth greenish-blue glaze with subtle variations from the soda-firing on Mug #19
coming up for sale tonight at 8:00pm central only on my Facebook page!