Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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Huge THANKS to everyone who came out to the ‘burbs this weekend for the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival. We had a great time – beautiful weather, tons of sunshine, albeit a few gusts, and a lot of great friends, Facebook Fans and customers stopping by to say Hello!!! So much fun seeing everyone… and watching a lot of my pots head off to their new homes!!! Thanks again Hinsdale!

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Day One of the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival was great.
A bit windy… but good. We’re gearing up for Day Two.
C’mon by Booth #100 until 5:00pm!!!

Categories: art fair, glaze, mugs, stamped

Pricing & packing a fresh batch of glazed mugs for the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival. Two days of fun in the sun in downtown Hinsdale in Garfield Park. C’mon by Saturday or Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm!!!

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This weekend I’m packing up the crates and heading out to the ‘burbs!
Another fun weekend art fair… this time in Hinsdale, Illinois.
A beautiful downtown park setting. I’ll be in the same Booth #100 as usual.
Hope you get a chance to swing by and say “Hello.”

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th from 10:00am-5:00pm.

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Pedaled down to the 57th Street Art Fair today to see my friend Sarah Chapman
in booth #608. Got totally sidetracked by the pie!!!

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We had a beautiful day today. We were all very thankful for the weather today.
When we all left Saturday, the weather forecast for Sunday was NOT so good.
Strong stormy winds over night, and then a ful day of rain & thunderstorms for Sunday. I went to bed “dreading” the next day to come. I’m sure we all wnet to bed with a bit of weather trepidation.

We were all pleasantly surprised to find the sun shining when morning came. I got to the fair and it was a BEAUTIFUL day! Beautiful blue skies and a gentle breeze passing through. My Dad kept checking WeatherBug for the forecast… and we could see storms blowing through around us, mostly to the north & west of Schaumburg. We totally lucked out with two beautiful days in Schaumburg!!!

But then my tent blew over!!!

What?… YES.
We were taking our time packing up at the end of the day. It was beautiful all day with a gentle breeze coming in from the northwest. Beautiful. Calm. Nice. So we packed away the pots. Took down my shelving. And began taking down the tent. Taking off the sides… and while I was folding the third panel, I looked over and my tent was ever so slowly lifting up and blowing over. Basically rolling over to upside-down. Luckily, everyone else around me was already gone. So it was just me, my tent and some muddy grass. Laughing. Guess “someone” got a little cocky and pulled out the stakes a bit too soon??? Strange part was that the breeze was coming from the northwest all day… but then that one gust of wind came in literally from the other direction!!!

Oh well, all good. Another lesson reminded.
It all worked out okay. No foul. No damage. Just another great story!!!

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It’s Day Two of the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival. Blue skies and my flag is flying high!!!
We’re here until 5:00pm… c’mon by Booth #51.

And one of the “benefits” of doing the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival… is the FREE DONUTS! They supply the artists with sugar both days. And one of the organizers who was coordinating load-in by my booth was raving about the mint chocolate donuts. So I had to try one… and he didn’t steer me wrong!

And then THIS happened…

My booth neighbor Claudia asked if we had any rubbing alcohol. Odd.
Of course we did not… and THEN we found out why she was asking.

Apparently she had Super Glued her thumb to the tube of adhesive. And it was stuck.. and stuck good!!! So she did a little recognizance around the fair and finally settled in with some Windex Wipes which apparently did the job eventually. Not the best way to start off her morning… but entertaining for the rest of us!! Thanks  for the story Claudia of Baubbly!!

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Well, it’s finally here… the big kick-off of my Summer Art Fair season!
SCHAUMBURG PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL
Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg, IL
Saturday, May 27th & Sunday, May 28th from 10:00am-5:00pm.
I am once again in my usual spot in Booth #51. All set-up and ready to go!

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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!

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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!!!