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

It was a fun weekend at the PRAIRIE VIEW ARTS INVITATIONAL in Naperville. A good show to kick-off my art fair season. Great to meet some new folks out there… and to show off some new pots! Huge thanks to the organizers who put together such a smoothly run show with all the perks!!!

They did such a great job from loading us in & loading us out…
yes, THEY transported all of my shelves & pots from & to my car for me!!! What?!!! No kidding. Not to mention all of the food and fun a along the way. Friday night they had dinner for us during set-up, a free public champagne reception, live music and a Taco Truck!

And then on Saturday, they offered us breakfast & lunch, as well as a never-ending, bottomless soup bar!!! Over fifteen handmade soups for a small donation to the Youth Group. Also great to “wash it all down” with some sweet snacks from Katherine Anne Confections!!!

Not to mention that they set my booth space right across from my metalsmith buddy Amy Taylor! Even better to spend the weekend playing with her and looking at all of her sparkling beauties!

And my new favorite of hers… a groovy necklace with a miniature glass Coca-Cola bottle
and an amazing old-school handmade pull tab on the chain!

And oh, but wait there’s more… did I mention that the PRAIRIE VIEW organizers even offered up overnight Home Stays for the artists! So I drove four minutes from the art fair to my Home Stay for a great overnight… and then four minutes back the next morning. So much better than driving all the way back to & from Chicago each time. Thank you Ann & Bob. And as an added BONUS!!!… I also got to sleep with my new best furry friend Jake!!!

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Categories: art fair, food

Okay, so if shopping for pottery, chatting with artists, and hanging out with some creative folks is not enough to convince you to come out this weekend to the Prairie View Arts Invitational…. maybe this will???

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

So it’s not Monday, but it’s ALWAYS time for another MUGSHOT!!!
Lots of mugs being cleaned, priced & packed for tomorrow & Saturday’s
Prairie View Arts Invitational in Naperville!

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Categories: art fair

Don’t forget this weekend’s fun in Naperville!
The Prairie View Arts Invitational on Friday & Saturday!
Stop by Friday night for champagne, tacos & live music!
Or hang out Saturday with homemade soups, baked goods and raffle prizes!
Either way, there will be plenty of art & artists to make it worth the trip… including me!

Categories: art fair, mugs

My friend Kristen shared a quick pic of her mug collection! Lots of “recognizable” lovelies!
Start your own collection this Friday night & Saturday at the Prairie View Arts Invitational in Naperville!

Click here for more information about the Prairie View Arts Invitational.

Categories: art fair, artists

An early kick-off to my art fair season!!!
Join me this weekend in Naperville for the Prairie View Arts Invitational. A very select group of artists joining together for a very special show. More personal so there’s lots of time to chat with the artists, look at their artwork, and decide what you “need” to take home with you! And don’t forget the champagne & tacos Friday night… and the homemade soup & baked goods on Saturday!

Click here for more information about the Prairie View Arts Invitational.

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Categories: art fair, mugs

While broken pottery is never a fun thing…
it is always nice to know that people out there are actually using my mugs…
and looking for more!!!

I’ll be at the Prairie View Arts Invitational this coming Friday night & Saturday
with PLENTY of new mugs for everyone!!!

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Categories: art fair

It’s still a bit too chilly for Summer art fairs…
so I’m kicking off my art fair season next weekend at the Prairie View Arts Invitational in Naperville. It will be a fun show for everyone who’s been jonesin’ for an art fair through the dead of Winter… like myself. Mark your calendar for next weekend… Friday night for champagne & tacos, or Saturday with homemade soup & bake sales. Either way, great eats & great art. C’mon by!!!

For more information, click here for Prairie View Arts Invitational.

Categories: art fair, pottery, soda-fired, stamped, textures, vases

Also fresh from this week’s soda kiln, a new collection of textured square slab vases… in three sizes!!! With a different texture “picture” on each side of the vase! Perfect for the soon-to-be-here Spring flowers!!! And making their “big debut” next weekend at the Prairie View Arts Invitational in Naperville!

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Categories: art fair, artists, friends, pottery

Huge thanks to everyone who came over yesterday for our Mud & Metal Holiday Home Show. Amy and I had so much fun playing with all of you, chatting it up and selling off a few holiday gifts for your friends & loved ones. In case you missed the festivities, here are a few tiny peeks!