Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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March 5th, 2011

how do I send you copies of my bowls? My e-mail is I would love to become one of your “talented friends” 🙂 Also, I’m a watercolorist and would like to send picture of some of my paintings if you’d care to see them. Thanks Gary (wonderful name you have…happens to be my fantastic husbands name too) Sam

March 24th, 2011

Your work has inspired one of my pottery school talented student’s Shelly Walker. She is my gallery’s guest artist until June 2011. Keep up the lovely pottery!

March 25th, 2011

HEY VICKIE – I love hearing that my work, and this blog, have inspired someone to help express themselves in clay. I often question if this blog is really being read by anyone out there, or if it’s just a place for me to ramble for myself?! But then a great comment comes along like this one… that not only re-validates my blogging efforts, but also makes me feel great (and humbled) that my own pottery has inspired someone else out there. Hopefully Shelly will continue to explore her own ceramic adventure, find her own voice in clay, and at some point be inspiring to other artists and sharing her passion as well. Thanks for sharing. And I’d love to see some pictures from her gallery show! GARY

May 31st, 2011

Hi Gary,
Your pottery and your blog are really inspirational!! I also do pottery, pretty much self made with classes here and there. I sell at the Bezalel Fair here in Jerusalem, Israel every Friday. I wish I could go to those fairs that you show!!! Lucky for me though, I see the pics and they are beautiful.

Thanks!… by the way – what is an Ikebana?


May 31st, 2011

HEY SARA – Thanks for your kind words… I believe you are my first blog reader from Israel!!! Very exciting for me! Welcome aboard… And for the record, Ikebana is a traditional Asian flower arranging technique. It is generally a shallow, flat dish with rocks or pin frogs to hold up the flower stems. You fill the shallow dish with water just deep enough to cover the cut ends of the flowers. Generally very minimal and dramatic, with simple lines, colors and geometries. For my demo arrangement, I just bought some cheap flowers and jammed them in. A true Ikebana arrangement would be a lot cooler!!! But I think it gets the point across.. So?… did that help? GARY


August 13th, 2011

I really appreciate the time that you take to post all of your pottery strategies! Your work has inspired me!


September 27th, 2011

Hi Gary,
Love the work you do! It is very inspirational to me as I love patterns in clay. I’m a student at Willamette University in Salem, OR and have referred to your work in my studies and papers. Thanks for the great website and professional words.

September 26th, 2012

Hi Gary.
Great to see you at Art in the Barn.
Thanks for your encouragement about the Facebook page. I am going to work on it.
All the best.
Sande Noble

September 26th, 2012

Whoops, I put the wrong address for my web site.
Here it is…

July 23rd, 2013

Great blog.

November 24th, 2013

Gary – You are fantastic and a wonderful personality. It is not all potters that answer fans questions. I really admire your work.

October 13th, 2014

Really great work… feeling inspired to do make more stamps!

September 28th, 2017

will you be my clay Guru? Loved your site and all of the inspiring pictures-especially the nature ones! I’m getting back into clay and have just opened a new gallery/learning center, so I need all the inspiration I can get. Thanks for generously sharing.

September 29th, 2017

But of course Charlotte! Keep reading… there’s a LOT of stuff here on my little blog!!!

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