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

Just two months from today… so I guess it’s time to get back into the studio to start making some new pieces…. and quick!!! I’ve enjoyed the holiday break, but it’s time to get back to work. Especially with this big show right around the corner with my talented friends Sarah Chapman, Darlys Ewoldt & Robin Kittleson!

March 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2023 in Evanstonmore details to come!

Categories: art fair, process

Quick thanks to everyone who made my ONLINE CHRISTMAS TREE SALE such a huge success last night! I posted twenty-five ceramic Christmas trees… and they were practically all claimed in about an hour!!! So now I have some packing & shipping to do to get all twenty-five sent out into the world to spread some festive cheer!

And another quick thanks to my pal Amy for giving me two huge bags of bubble wrap for me to recycle & reuse again! I love when free packing materials show up right when I need them… instead of ending up in a dumpster somewhere! Thanks everyone for keeping this season bright!

Categories: art fair, pottery

Huge thanks to everyone who made it out this weekend for my MUD & METAL Holiday Home Show! Amy & I had so much fun seeing everyone spreading holiday cheer & doing some holiday shopping! Handmade gifts are always appreciated. And we both appreciate your ongoing support & encouragement throughout the year. Happy Holidays to all of you!

And for you local Chicago peeps that couldn’t make it over this weekend… my condo will remain a “pottery store” until Christmas! So if you feel like you need to swing by for a little holiday shopping, just let me know.

Shoot me an e-mail and hopefully we can set-up a time that works –

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends, pottery

So I’m in the final “night-before” push… pricing, re-stocking, adding more to the Shlepping sale shelves, cleaning, baking… and just plain getting ready for another fun weekend at my place! Hopefully you’ve cleared out a spot on your calendar & started making your gift list… because this weekend is my MUD & METAL HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!! With special guest star Amy Taylor and her amazing jewelry creations! Whether naughty or nice, lots of wonderful gifts for everyone on your shopping lists!

Categories: art fair, food

This weekend is MUD & METAL : My Second Holiday Home Show! So if you stop by my place this weekend, you can get handmade pottery & jewelry… but also for the first time HANDMADE COOKIES!!! Yes, Amy Taylor has not only been making a lot of beautiful jewelry for this show… but she’s also started a new cookie company “TWO TOUGH COOKIES”!!! So she’ll be bringing some of her yummy treats this weekend for people to purchase… and a few samples for us all to enjoy as well.

The perfect chance to pair homemade treats with handmade pottery to make a perfect holiday combo gift for that special someone on your holiday list… even if that “special someone” is yourself!!!

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends, pottery

This weekend… MUD & METAL : A Collaborative Holiday Home Show! Be sure to swing by with some friends to do some of your holiday shopping. One-of-a-kind handmade gifts are always appreciated. There will be plenty of pottery in every room, Amy’s jewelry & more pottery in the dining room, food & drink in the kitchen, and again the “Tired Of Shlepping Sale” on the back porch! I’ve been replenishing shelves… and even shlepping more to the back!

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends, pottery

Next weekend I’ll be hosting MUD & METAL : A Collaborative Holiday Home Show at my place. It’s another great chance to mark some people off your holiday gift list. Plenty of pottery for everyone… and beautiful jewelry made by My Talented Friend Amy Taylor! Just a week away… it’s next Saturday & Sunday!

Categories: art fair, flowers

Festive seasonal flower arrangement… and even cooler shadows… in Sarah Chapman’s booth at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW. C’mon by… I’m hanging out with her again today until the show closes at 5:00pm! Booth #2118.

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends

Spent the day today hanging out with my uber-talented metalsmith friend Sarah Chapman at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW today. She makes such beautiful jewelry with amazing designs, textures, stones & craftsmanship. If you have a chance tomorrow, be sure to swing by the Merchandise Mart to say hello! I’ll be down there helping Sarah again tomorrow in Booth #2118.

Categories: art fair, holiday, lillstreet, pottery

Just a quick reminder… we’re kicking off the holiday season tomorrow night at Lillstreet Art Center. Another great chance to do some handmade holiday shopping… whether in the Lillstreet Gallery or in one of the many Open Studio spaces. I will be in my Studio 205W on the second floor with plenty of handmade MUGS for everyone on your holiday shopping list!