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

Looks like Kristy is enjoying the last of her Thanksgiving leftovers… some green bean casserole & cribbage to complete her night! Yes, even leftovers taste better in handmade pottery!

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends, pottery

Just in case you missed out on my first HOLIDAY HOME SHOW… I’m doing it again! This time with my metalsmith friend Amy Taylor with all of her beautiful jewelry. Even more gift options for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Mark your calendar… and start making your gift list!

MUD & METAL Holiday Home Show
Saturday 12/10 & Sunday 12/11 – 10am-6pm

Categories: art fair, pottery

Looks like Diane started a wonderful dinnerware set at the first Holiday Home Show… an eclectic set of dishes… similar in style, but not so matchy-matchy! If you want to start a set too, there will be a SECOND HOLIDAY HOME SHOW on December 10th & 11th. Mark your calendars… more details to come!

Categories: art fair, lillstreet, mugs, pottery

Setting up my studio with plenty of mugs, mugs & more mugs for this Friday’s HOLIDAY PARTY at Lillstreet. I’ll have plenty of mugs to start your holiday shopping… but if you’re looking for more than just mugs, keep in mind that there will be a SECOND HOLIDAY HOME SHOW on December 10th & 11th.

Categories: art fair, holiday, lillstreet, pottery

If you’re looking for some great handmade holiday gifts this year, mark your calendar for this Friday evening from 5:00-8:00pm for the LILLSTREET HOLIDAY PARTY! I’ll be there for the festivities… with plenty of MUGS in my studio for everyone on your holiday list!

Categories: sunrise

Sure, the temperature was pretty cold this morning, but without any wind at all… it actually felt wonderful! A nice sunrise along the lakefront without the biting winter winds?… I’ll take it!!!

Categories: challenge, classes, holiday

Last session, my Intermediate Wheel class wanted a fun challenge & a holiday themed project. Inspired by my Mom’s ceramic snowman, I challenged them all to make their own version! And here they go…

Categories: food, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

Looks like Rachel has been making a yummy pot of warm soup and a chilly & damp Sunday afternoon. Luckily, she has a new stamped & soda-fired spoon rest to keep her stove clean!

Categories: classes, lillstreet

So “word on the street” is that registration for Winter pottery classes at Lillstreet will open tomorrow morning. I will be teaching three classes & a soda-firing workshop during the Winter session. Registration for my classes fill up FAST… so be prepared to sign-up early!!! –

Intermediate Wheel – Mondays 7-10pm

Beginning Wheelthrowing – Tuesdays 7-10pm

The Great Lillstreet Throwdown – Thursdays 7-10pm
The BEST class ever… based on the British reality show “The Great Pottery Throw Down.” The class is full of projects, challenges, races, contests & other fun & frivolity… and a great prize for the Winner at the end of the session!!!

… and a Soda-Firing Workshop towards the end of February!

Categories: food, platters

Looks like a “Breakfast of Champions” down in Bartonville! I mean, who doesn’t want to start their day with the smell of bacon wafting through the kitchen?! Thanks for sharing your morning ritual with us Gerry & Rosene!