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

Creepy little Jack-o’-lanterns made by Mike Skiersch…
fresh out of the kiln last Saturday morning… just in time for ART IN THE BARN.
Lucky for me… ‘cuz this little creepie cutie came home with me!!! Thanks Mike!!!


Categories: art fair, Dad, mugs, soda-fired, Taylor

Special thanks to my Dad & niece Taylor who helped out all weekend in my art fair booth. So much easier, and so much more fun, having people there to help with chatting, restocking, selling, wrapping… and for eating all of the chocolate chip cookies… and for taking cool pictures like this one by Taylor!

Categories: art fair

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to ART IN THE BARN this past weekend.
Sure, the weather wasn’t ideal… but we were inside the Lower Barn protected from the elements and happy to see so many friendly faces! We had a great time sending pots, mugs, pumpkins & Ghouls off to their new homes!

Categories: art fair, food

Yummy treats at ART IN THE BARN… like this chocolate-on-chocolate
and then some more chocolate milk shake made with chocolate ice cream…
and then even more CHOCOLATE!!! Thank you Riverside Chocolate Factory!

Never too cold or rainy for ice cream… or chocolate. YUMMY!

Categories: art fair, food, Mom

Sweet success at ART IN THE BARN today. Not only did we send a lot of pots off
to their new homes… but we had lots of cookies too!!!

My Mom used to bake cookies for every art fair. But now that she’s gone, a couple people made cookies for me in her honor! Special thanks to my niece Taylor, painter Cheryl & potter Patty for the extra “sweet” tribute to my Mom.



Categories: art fair

Just a reminder that this weekend is ART IN THE BARN in Barrington.
My largest art fair with a DOUBLE BOOTH full of pottery!!!

And for those of you who might be scared-off by the weather…
I’m indoors as are the majority of the artists! So you can enjoy the day,
see some wonderful art and jump inside one of the Barns if the weather takes a turn!
Hope to see you this weekend!!!

Categories: art fair

Mark your calendar to come out to The Barn this weekend for my biggest “outdoor” art fair of the year!!! Technically I’m inside the Lower Barn E4-E6 with an open wall, so not quite “outdoors”… but I do have a DOUBLE BOOTH!!! More than twice as much pottery as a normal art fair. Including some festive fall items like pumpkins, jack-o’-lanterns and the latest addition to The Ghouls Collection!!! Come on out to Barrington this weekend for ART IN THE BARN on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Hope to see you there Saturday or Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm!

Categories: art fair, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Okay, jack o’lanterns done for now… still needing a bit of clean-up, a touch of underglaze and some clear low-fire glaze before the hit the kiln! But until then… I really, REALLY have to focus on those new “ghouls” for this year’s addition to “The Ghouls Collection.” Enough procrastinating… you’d think this is some sort of “fly by night” operation here!!!

Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta

Okay, so I know I’m “supposed” to be working on the latest addition to “The Ghouls Collection” for next weekend at ART IN THE BARN. But somehow these pumpkins just keep popping up?!!! Not too shabby since I just threw these guys yesterday, huh?!


Categories: art fair, holiday, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Last night while I was soda firing, a few of these little cuties “sprouted” in my studio.
Still need a bit of underglaze colors and a firing before showing up next weekend
at ART IN THE BARN!!! Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th
on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois.