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

The two things that made me smile the most during the ArtWalk.
One, the fun ongoing wood project that encouraged the kids to measure, cut, drill, sand, etc to build a wooden fort right there on Ravenswood. So cute.

And two, this crazy cool assemblage sculpture piece by Mathias Schergen. A whole bunch of crazy-cool parts & pieces put together to guarantee a smile! So much fun!!!

Categories: artists

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my studio this weekend during the Ravenswood ArtWalk. I met a lot of fun folks… and got a LOT of work done. Which was great as ART IN THE BARN is this weekend!!! Towards the end of Sunday, I did skip out a bit early to see some of the other studios and to enjoy the visual feast at Architectural Artifacts just down the street.

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Categories: artists, creativity

A groovy new installation on the facade of The Violet Hour in Wicker Park.
Great design… but where’s the door?! Ha! Thank you for making Damen Avenue
look a lot nicer Geodesic Designs by Keith Skogstrom!

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Categories: artists, food, patterns

Tasty potluck treats and a delicious sgraffito plate by my teaching assistant Susan Slogoff
for my Tuesday night class.

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

Here’s another “sneak peek” at some of the collaboration pieces that ART IN THE GARDEN host & master metalsmith Amy Taylor made with my textured tile “cabachons.” Limited quantities… come early to snatch yours up!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

So I got a quick sneak peek at some more of the collaboration pieces that Amy Taylor has been working on with whimsical clay body parts by Cory McCrory & wood-turned pieces by Ken Skaggs. Can’t wait to see them for the big final reveal at ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend in Glenview!!!

Here’s the full information for ART IN THE GARDEN… tomorrow & Sunday!!!

Categories: artists, collaborations, friends, My Talented Friends

Looks like Cory has been adding some color to her pieces too.
The underglaze might look a little muted now, but if you know Cory and her work…
you know they’re going to be a lot more vibrant later!

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Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, color, production

With my collaboration shakers coming together nicely, it was time to finish them off with some colorful flashing slips and underglazes. Since Cory McCrory’s work is so bright & whimsical, I kinda felt I had to brighten my color palette. Up my game a bit. Fingers crossed that some of these bright underglazes work well in the soda firing!!! We’ll find out tomorrow night when I unload the kiln… and then Saturday morning when they are “revealed” at ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: art fair, artists

Bringing a splash of brilliant color to Amy’s already colorful garden is newcomer Jillian Hentschel. Her outrageously colorful work will be a great addition to ART IN THE GARDEN next weekend. We all hope you can stop by to join us for a great day in the garden!

Categories: art fair, artists

Also new to ART IN THE GARDEN this year is Nancy Sickbert-Wheeler. She will be showing off her beautiful metal works…each a miniature masterpiece painted with colorful enamels.

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