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

Whoo-Hoo!…  My new Summer Art Fair postcards just arrived!!!
Time to “make it official” and post my art fair schedule for this coming summer season!
Which starts soon… my FIRST summer art fair is NEXT WEEKEND in Schaumburg!!!


Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, May 26th, 2018 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 27th, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center
201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg, Illinois

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, June 9th, 2018 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, June 10th, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Burlington Park on Chicago Avenue between Washington & Garfield Streets
in Hinsdale, Illinois

Glenview Summer Art Fair
Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, July 29th, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Lyons School on the corner of Lake Street & Waukegan Road in Glenview

Art In The Garden : A Grassroots Art Fair
Saturday, September 8th, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, September 9th, 2018 – 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 and more!

Art In The Barn
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 – 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

And a few going further into Fall… but please feel free to mark your calendars!

“My Home For The Holidays” Home Show
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, November 18th, 2018 – 10:00am-6:00pm
More details to come…

“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…


Categories: art fair, artists, porcelain

Great to see my friend & former teacher Steve Lee
showing at one of the pottery tour stops on Friday.
Luckily, one of his inlaid porcelain plates came home with me!!
So great to have Talented Friends!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, color, pottery

With predictions of rain & clouds for last Friday, it sure turned out beautiful…
especially bright & cheery with the colorful works of Karin Kraemer
on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour.

Categories: art fair, artists, pottery

We had practically perfect weather this past weekend as we enjoyed
the St. Croix River Valley Pottery Tour. So many pots. SO MUCH FUN!!!


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!!!






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!


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.