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

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!!!

Categories: art fair

We’re just three short weeks from the start of my Summer Art Fair Schedule… three weeks & several kiln firings before my art fair flag gets unfurled!!! Amazing how fast this has come around again this year, and how many pots I still want to make before then!!! Mark your calendars… giddy-up!!!

Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, May 27th, 2016 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 28th, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center
201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg, Illinois

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, June 10th, 2016 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, June 11th, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Burlington Park on Chicago Avenue between Washington & Garfield Streets
in Hinsdale, Illinois

Evanston Lakeshore Fine Arts Festival
CANCELLED by the Village of Evanston… with no explanation?!!!
So if you were a loyal Evanston customer, you might need to step out
and come to another art fair somewhere else?! Like maybe Glenview?… next…

Art In The Garden : A Grassroots Art Fair
Saturday, August 19th, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, August 20th, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
1205 Hutchings Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025
One block west of Waukegan Road, between Lake Street and Glenview Road.
It’s a special weekend to play with some of My Talented Friends!!!
We’re at the home of metalsmith Amy Taylor, with our other artist friends…
including wonderful & whimsical paperclay artistry of Cory McCrory, paintings by Deb Anderson, turned-wood pieces by Ken Staggs, stained glass by Retta Hentschel, enamel jewelry by Nancy Sickbert-Wheeler, paintings by Jillian Hentschel and ice-dyed scarves by Jill Wallace.

Art In The Barn
Saturday, September 23rd, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, September 24th, 2016 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Located on the grounds (and in the barns) of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
on Route 22 in Barrington, Illinois – Lower Barn E4 & E6

“My Home For The Holidays” Home Show
Saturday, November 18th, 2016 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, November 19th, 2016 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Contact me for invitations & more information…

“Mud & Metal” : A Collaborative Holiday Home Show
A second Holiday Home Show for those who need some last-minute gifts!
The second or third Saturday of December???¬† – More details to come…


My work is also available year-round at…

Lillstreet Studios – my pottery studio is 205 West
on the second floor Lillstreet Art Center. This is where the “magic” happens!
With six other artists in Studio 205 West, our open studio hours are determined
by when one of is there working – or by appointment.
4401 North Ravenswood at Montrose, Chicago, Illinois
For more information –


Categories: art fair, artists, pottery

And counting the days until the big Minnesota pottery tour. It’s the 25th anniversary so I can’t wait to see everyone, covet all the pots and “quite possibly” add a piece or “two” to the already-overflowing collection!



Categories: art fair, artists, friends, My Talented Friends

Another day done at the “One Of A Kind Show” with my friend & master metalsmith Sarah Chapman. This is one of her sterling silver rings with embossed texture, oxidation and an amazing piece of turquoise.

And a beautiful necklace with beads & stones clustered in a sterling silver “boat.”


Categories: art fair, artists, friends

Fun day playing with my friend & amazing metalsmith Sarah Chapman at the “One Of A Kind Show” today. She has such amazing pieces in her booth #2120… and another fun day tomorrow from 10:00am-5:00pm. C’mon down to the Merchandise Mart!!!

Categories: art fair

While many of us are tying to finish art fair applications and “finalizing” our summer schedule, word on the street says that the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival has been discontinued. After 43 years, they have decided to cease with producing the art fair. No official word as to why… nor any direct announcement to their artists… just a simple “discontinued” message on their website. So after nearly a decade of playing on the lakefront, enjoying my beautiful “backyard” booth view of the Lake, and chatting with my North Shore clients … mwah, mwah mwahNO MORE FUN IN EVANSTON!!!

So, for those of you who used to stop by and shop in Evanston, please plan accordingly. And if anyone out there has any recommendations for a “new-to-me” art fair that I should consider, please let me know. Unfortunately, a lot of application deadlines have already passed. But maybe there’s a way to squeeze something in still.

Thanks to all of my Evanston Peeps for a decade of fun at the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. I hope to see you “somewhere” in the very near future!!!



Categories: art fair, holiday

Huge thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for MUD & METAL.
My second Holiday Home Show was a great success… good friends, great stories, and lots of pottery leaving in shopping bags & boxes! I’m hoping that some of those pots will be found under someone’s tree in two weeks… unless everyone decides to keep their purchases for themselves. And that’s okay too! Merry Christmas to YOU!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired

The weather forecast looks pretty good for MUD & METAL today!
Chilly, but no snow until later into tonight. And to celebrate… the very first person to walk into my condo singing “Let It Snow, Let It Snow” will get a FREE MUG!!! This second Holiday Home Show runs from 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: art fair, holiday, ornaments

The Second Holiday Hone Show starts in a hour.
Anyone who comes to my condo today and shows me this INSTAGRAM photo
on their phone’s Instagram Feed gets a FREE Christmas Tree ornament!
Whoo-hoo… let the games begin!!!



Categories: art fair, soda-fired, stamped

Some new lidded jars looking for a good home!
Stop by Saturday at my place for MUD & METAL between 10:00am and 6:00pm
to get one before they’re gone!