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

Crazy cool close-up details of Sarah Chapman’s contributions to the Four Seasons collaboration project. Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter… interpreted through metal, stones, gems & patina colors! Amazing work for the “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS” gallery show! Today is the final day… c’mon by 12:00noon-4:00pm.





Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, seasons

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. As seen through the eyes of the “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS.” So much fun to work on a large collaboration project with your Talented Friends! Each interpreting the theme in their own way using their own mediums & talents. Always exciting when a good plan comes together!

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

Today was the opening of “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS” in Evanston. Thanks to everyone who stopped by today to chat & buy some art. We always love seeing art enthusiasts, collectors, hobbyists, students, friends & more! We’re looking forward to two more days of fun… hoping you can stop by! I’ll be there with my talented friends Sarah, Darlys & Robin! What could be better than hanging out with friends all day surrounded by great art & good snacks?! C’mon by…

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, My Talented Friends, tiles

Enough of the teasers… here’s a quick look of the big collaboration project we’ve all been working on! The “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS” have been busy “making”… four tiles each for the four seasons! So sixteen tiles total in one large installation… but first we need to get it up on the wall?! The show opens at 2:00pm today, so we gotta get going quick!

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

Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall.

And here are the same tiles after soda-firing… framed & ready to be hung on the gallery wall. A fun collaboration challenge for each of us… making thematic tiles using our usual medium & techniques. So some are metal, some are glass, and mine are clay! We’ll have sixteen tiles in the collaboration wall installation. We’re pretty excited to see how it’s coming together… and we hope you can come see it in person this weekend in Evanston!

Categories: collaborations, soda-fired

Okay, so a couple weeks back I made four tiles… as part of the “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS” collaboration project based on the four seasons.

Truth be told… these were made for the soda kiln… shown here glazed & stained ready to go into the kiln. But with the randomness & occasional “tragic” results of a soda firing, I knew that I had to have a back-up plan… or two. So this was Plan A : soda fired. But to hedge my bets, I also made Plan B : glazed. And just in case… Plan C : plain tiles with some separate parts & pieces I could stack & add-on to the base tiles. Luckily, Plan A seems to have worked out fine. So I’m going with the Plan A ones for the show!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

Opening tomorrow at 2:00pm!!!
I can’t believe it’s almost here… as we’ve all been working on this show for quite awhile! We’re busy setting up today… shelves, pedestal, mugs, pots, wall hangings, lighting, and so much more! Including a collaborative piece we’ve all worked on together inspired by the four seasons… spring, summer, fall & winter! We hope you can stop by to see us this weekend in Evanston!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

So my talented metalsmith friend Sarah Chapman is sharing a little “teaser” of her pieces for the collaboration project we’re all working on for this weekend’s “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS” gallery show. We’re each making four pieces… all of them squares… all of them with the same themes… hoping that they all some together when we install the show tomorrow! Remember, the show is this weekend on Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Evanston, Illinois.

Space 900 Gallery, 816 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202

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

Okay, so Darlys is apparently the over-achiever of the group… and is already showing-off her pieces for “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS”... while the other three of us are still scrambling to get our pieces pulled together!!! Stop by “4×4” next weekend in Evanston to see how they all come together! Now back to work…

Categories: collaborations

And while we’re talking collaborations… I also received this photo from Beth, the happy owner of this collaboration I did with Retta Hentshcel & Ken Staggs for ART IN THE GARDEN this summer. I made some tiles, then Retta worked her magic with the stained glass… and then Ken made the amazing frame to hold it all together! It was out first 3-way collaboration… and I’m hoping there will be more next summer!