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

Looks like Cory McCrory has been adding some colored underglaze accents to her part of our collaboration project for ART IN THE GARDEN. We’re just over a week away… as our little grassroots art fair is on September 7th & 8th in Glenview, Illinois. It’s all coming together…

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, soda-fired, stamped, textures

With ART IN THE GARDEN getting closer & closer… we have just under two weeks to complete all of our collaborations! These little pottery pocket pieces were “designed” by metalsmith Amy Taylor as she already had a “plan” for them. So I made a bunch, stamped & soda-fired them… and now I can’t wait to see what Amy has planned for them?! She’s being kinda secretive about it… but hinted that it “might not” include any metal?!!! Crazy, right?… as she’s known for her amazing metal work & hinges!!!

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Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

As if Cory’s collaboration pieces weren’t cool enough… now they’re getting cute too!
Looks like she’s been adding some adorable accents in certain places…
like birds sitting on a fence for ART IN THE GARDEN!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, porcelain, textures

Just a couple of the porcelain buttons going into the soda kiln… hoping that the tenmoku glaze inlay helps “pop” the pattern after firing. Some of these might become part of my collaboration with Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks for ART IN THE GARDEN!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, porcelain, textures

And speaking of ART IN THE GARDEN collaborations…
here’s another one I’ve been working on with Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks!
Looking forward to seeing what she does with these porcelain buttons…
of course after they’re glazed!

Categories: art fair, collaborations, textures

So I’ve been working on these little “pocket” pieces… still not quite sure why?! One of the best parts of ART IN THE GARDEN is the collaborations that happen amongst the artists. These were “designed” by metalsmith Amy Taylor for our collaboration. She came up with an idea, and I’m always willing to play. I’m still not quite sure what she’s going to do with them after they’re soda-fired… but I’m sure it will be something really cool… like everything Amy does!!!

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Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

Working on my collaboration project with Cory McCrory for ART IN THE GARDEN. She may have had a bit of a head-start… but I think I did pretty good at catching up today!!! More to come…

Okay, now let’s not get crazy…
these are three views of the same cylinders!!! It’s NOT over  a hundred cylinders!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, friends

One of the best parts of ART IN THE GARDEN is that we get to “play with” the other artists on some fun collaboration projects. Looks like my pal Cory McCrory has already started her part… guess I need to get started on MY part of the project too! She’s got a good head-start on me… hopefully I’ll “catch-up” tomorrow!!!

Categories: art fair

Okay, so I’ve been a little “busy” lately… both good & bad…
and I’m now having a bit of a calendar FREAK OUT!!!

I just realized that my next art fair is just three weeks away!
Uh oh… guess I gotta get my act together and quick! Still a lot of pots & projects to make
before ART IN THE GARDEN in Glenview, Illinois!!!

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

HUGE CONGRATS to my friend & former pottery student Martin Chadwick for winning BEST OF SHOW at this weekend’s Southport Arts Festival. Not only is he a fine potter, but his paintings are out-of-this-world!!! And it’s so exciting to see that his amazing talent & creative efforts have been rewarded. Well done Mate!

Click here to see more of Martin’s amazing paintings!!!