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

You’ve got about two weeks to finalize your Holiday Gift List…
as my final HOLIDAY HOME SHOW is on Saturday, December 14th from 10:00am-6:00pm. A fun day with my friend & amazing metalsmith Amy Taylor joining me as my Guest Artist. Lots of pottery & jewelry for everyone on your list… and something special for you too!

Categories: artists, bowls, classes

One of the project “challenges” for my wheelthrowing class this session was to make a placesetting with pieces that work well together design-wise. We had a lot of fun this session…. but only one of them succeeded in the challenge. Look at this beautiful set with a lot of underglazed ombre gradations & graphic design accents made with thin tape as a resist while the underglazes were being applied. Beautifully done Christine!

Categories: artists, sculpture

Crazy cool sculptures by Shiyuan Xi – one of the Artists-In-Residence at Lillsreet. Loving how they catch light and cast shadows all at the same time! Currently on display in the Lillstreet Gallery Annex on the second floor!

Categories: artists, creativity, inspiration

Here’s “THE SHIP OF TOLERANCE” by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov that has been “docked” down on Navy Pier for the past month or so as part of EXPO Chicago. A wonderful art installation that utilizes a sail hand-painted by local schoolkids to highlight tolerance & inclusiveness. A wonderful concept for the kids to discuss & embrace. Sadly, today is the final day of the Ship’s tour of Chicago… as it will now sail off to its next destination.


Categories: animals, artists

Many of us have been fans of Brett Kern and his amazing ceramic sculptures of blown-up dinosaurs… including his tell-tale gold-plated valves! So imagine my surprise & disgust when I saw his work being blatantly plagiarized at BLICK ART SUPPLY!!! A place where you would assume they support artists and their livelihoods. Show your support by NOT buying these at Blick, but instead follow him on Instagram @brettkernart.

Categories: artists, creativity

Rockin’ a new squirrel… ‘cuz I’m “nuts” for this new t-shirt from Hooey Batiks!

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, artists, Dad

Special THANKS to everyone who came out to ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend. Especially to my Dad who made his “triumphant return” to the art fair circuit after the passing of my Mom last month. Not only did he help put in my booth, but my artist-friends also helped celebrate his 80th Birthday!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends

We’re just one day away from ART IN THE GARDEN!!!
Nine talented artists & friends getting together to host their own grassroots art fair in Glenview, Illinois. Be sure to stop by Saturday 9/7 or Sunday 9/8 from 10:00am-5:00pm to see all of the amazing work… including some spectacular collaboration projects that we’ve all been working on for weeks!!! It’s a great chance to meet the artists in a much more intimate art fair setting… it’s in Amy’s backyard garden!!!

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Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends

A wonderful grassroots art fair thrown together by a bunch of talented friends & artists. So much fun to have a smaller event that gives everyone time to chat, hang out and really get to see everything! Plus, several of the artists are working on collaboration projects with each other… an opportunity to work together and mix medias that don’t always get to play together! So much fun to see what everyone comes up with. We hope you can join us this weekend, September 7th & 8th from 10:00am-5:00pm in Glenview, Illinois.

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