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

If you’re anywhere near the Bucktown neighborhood tonight, be sure to swing by iD Chicago on Damen for tonight’s Opening Reception. It’s a ceramics show for one of my current pottery students – Shannon Steele! She’s been making these amazing forms by altering her wheelthrown vessels. Great shapes & amazing glazed surfaces.

And if that weren’t enough… the shop owners are my former pottery students as well.
Be sure to say HELLO to Stephen & Tony when you’re there!!!

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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.

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Categories: artists, studio, tools

Swung by my friend Pam’s metalsmithing studio this afternoon.
She’s working on a bunch of pieces… but I’m not quite sure where?!
Quite a different set-up from a potter’s studio.
The one thing in common?… lots & lots of tools!!!

So what does YOUR studio look like?

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Categories: artists, Chicago, color

Last night I went to the Opening Reception for PRISMATICA… the latest art installation at Navy Pier. Large colorful prisms that illuminate and make tinkling sounds as they rotate. The dichroic finish creates ever-changing colors that splash across the park. A bright spot on a long & dreary Winters day.

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Categories: artists, My Talented Friends

While wandering through the City, I stopped in to shops at the W Hotel to see some handmade hats & millinery pieces made by Britt Von Decker. She’s been helping me with some holiday magic this season. So cool to see her millinery work on display in a chi-chi New York boutique!

To see more about Britt and her amazing millinery hats & more… click here.

Loved the neon “centerpiece” light fixture hanging in the center of the shop.
Wish it worked so you could “grab up” some of Britt’s collection!

And some really cool cut-out metal tubes being used as a wall divider in the hotel lobby!!!

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Categories: artists, Chicago, computer, creativity

Chicago flag created by the students at Lane Tech High School using laser cutters, 3D cutters & 3D printers. Each student in the LT Makers group designed & created their own “tile” as part of the overall “flag.” Each tile representing “something-Chicago” in a topographical form to make up this really cool Chicago flag being displayed at Navy Pier!

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Categories: artists, My Talented Friends

And for those that missed MUD & METAL yesterday…
here’s a quick glimpse of some of Amy Taylor‘s metalsmithing handiwork.
So many beauties… many of which will be wrapped up & under a tree
in the next few days! Beautiful work. Talented friend.

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Categories: art fair, artists, friends, pottery

Huge thanks to everyone who came over yesterday for our Mud & Metal Holiday Home Show. Amy and I had so much fun playing with all of you, chatting it up and selling off a few holiday gifts for your friends & loved ones. In case you missed the festivities, here are a few tiny peeks!

Categories: artists, friends

Looks like Amy Taylor has some last minute pieces on her workbench for tomorrow’s Mud & Metal Holiday Home Show at my place! I’m sure she’s hammering, smoothing & polishing like crazy getting everything ready for tomorrow! Her work is beautiful… and makes perfect holiday gifts!!!

Categories: artists, My Talented Friends

This Saturday, My Talented Friend Amy Taylor will be joining me once again for the Second Holiday Home Show at my place. She makes some amazing jewelry… lots of great stones, shining silver and wobbly hinges!!! Yes, almost everything swivels on a hinge!!! So if you’re looking to buy more than just pottery, swing by to see Amy’s work at my condo this Saturday!

Mud & Metal : A Collaborative Holiday Home Show
Saturday, December 6th from 10:00am-6:00pm

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