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

Looks like my uber-talented buddy Cory McCrory has been extra busy in her studio getting ready for the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR! Some adorable critters scurrying around to find a spicy S&P tray! Can’t wait to share her studio location as one of her guests for the tour. We would love to see you on June 11th & 12th. Kick off your tour in Sandwich, Illinois and work your way back to the Aurora, Villa Park and finally Chicago tour locations.

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Categories: collaborations, food

Why didn’t we think of this sooner???…
apparently coming soon to a store near you…

So let’s make it a game…

Free shipping if the winner is in the contiguous USA.

Categories: bowls

So… remember that stunning glaze combination that Chelsea did on one of my bowls??? Well… gravity happens… and she felt terrible!!! So Chelsea reassembled the bowl with a little kintsugi technique of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold… “a metaphor for embracing your flaws & imperfections.” I don’t know… it still looks pretty perfect to me!

Don’t get all stressed about it… “it’s just clay!”

Categories: art fair, artists, pottery

We’re just under two weeks from the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR… with twenty potters at four studio locations. I’ll be out in Sandwich, Illinois at my friend Cory McCrory’s studio. We have six potters there… so it’s a great place to start your day!!! Head west and work your way back towards the City!

Mark your calendar…
We’d love to see you Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th.

Categories: art fair, flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the SCHAUMBURG PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL this weekend. It was so great to finally see everyone’s smiling face again… we had fantastic weather both days too! I now have the fresh flowers from my booth in a stamped & soda-fire vase on my back porch. If you missed out this weekend, you can come next weekend to the HINSDALE FINE ARTS FAIR on June 4th & 5th.

Categories: bike, sunrise

Early morning sunrise along the lake before heading back out for Day Two of the SCHAUMBURG PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL. What a great way to start the day off right… and noticing that the lifeguard chairs are back & boats are returning to the harbors. Feels like Summer is finally here!!!

Categories: art fair

Another “sweet treat” today… a fun surprise by the Schaumburg Art Fair Judges. Always fun to get an Award Ribbon… especially when it comes with some prize money too!!!

Categories: art fair, food, friends

I also had a sweet treat delivered by one of my Facebook Fans today! It was a great surprise when Melissa dropped it off this morning… always good to see her… even better when bearing gifts! So sweet… both she and the apricot bars!

Categories: art fair, food

Generally I don’t get much time for actual meals at an art fair… more like snacking throughout the day. But at the SCHAUMBURG PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL they have food trucks nearby… and this ooey-gooey grilled cheese toasted goodness of a southwest sandwich “may” have been my lunch today. Burp…

Categories: art fair

It’s always fun to watch your pottery go off to their new forever homes. I had such a great day meeting everyone, seeing them fondle & caress the stamped textures… and watching some of these pots head off! More fun again tomorrow… where I hope to say goodbye to a even more pots!!!