Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: collaborations, soda-fired, stamped

So MY part of the collaboration is done! Now it’s up to Cheryl to match-up her paintings to go with my soda-fired picture frames. I can’t wait to see how she pairs them up. I love her paintings… and I hope they “play well” with my frames! We’ll each be selling collaborations in our booths at ART IN THE BARN.

Categories: collaborations, stamped, textures

Making frames for my next collaboration project… and you know I love collaborations!
My friend Cheryl Holz makes these really great “mini” paintings… so I’m making some ceramic frames for them! Our plan is that these soda-fired frames will each host a Cheryl original painting… and be available only at ART IN THE BARN in Barrington next weekend 9/22 & 9/23. Mark your calendars!


Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, friends

ART IN THE BARN is just over a week away in Barrington…
and it looks like my favorite painter Cheryl Holz has been busy making pieces for the show.
Sure, they’re pretty and all… but they kinda need a frame, right?!
Maybe a clay one would be cool?…. you know how I LOVE a good collaboration!

For more about Cheryl Holz and her beautifully inspired multi-media work…
click here for her website.

Categories: art fair, artists, bowls, collaborations, glaze

Stacked, packed and ready for this weekend’s art fair in Glenview!
Join us this Saturday & Sunday for ART IN THE GARDEN..
it’s a great little grassroots art fair with some talented friends showing, playing
& collaborating together!

Click here to check us out at


Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

It appears that my talented metalsmith friend Amy Taylor has gotten a bit out of control
on the whole collaboration thing… IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE!!!
Here’s a glimpse of the collaboration pieces she’s been making for ART IN THE GARDEN
with woodturner Ken Staggs!

We love this part of this art fair. So much fun working with each other to make new
& unusual pieces – only available this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN in Glenview!!!


Categories: collaborations, food

Just sitting around snacking on the sofa & watching TV…
and “pondering” how much better this snack would be in handmade pottery dishes?!
Now if only I knew “someone” who could make a large flat bowl for the chips,
and a smaller fun bowl for the dip?

Wonder where I could ever find one of those???
Thinking… thinking… thinking…

Categories: collaborations, kiln firing

One final kiln now cooling for this weekend’s ART IN THE GARDEN.
Hoping to find a few more “treasures” inside… as well as the last of the
collaboration pieces I’ve been working on with my buddy Cory McCrory!

Categories: art fair, collaborations

One of the things I love about Cory McCrory is her whimsical nature, her quirky style and her ability to see the bright side. Offering up a rainbow or two to brighten your day… come see them this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN when they become part of our collaboration project!

Categories: art fair, artists, bowls, collaborations

So my friend & co-collaborator Cory McCrory has busy been doing her part…
maybe the storms passing through have influenced her work?
It will all come together next weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN.
Looks like maybe she’ll be a big dip, and I’ll be a chip off the old block?!!

Mark your calendar…
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.



Categories: artists, bowls, collaborations, textures

With ART IN THE GARDEN just a week away,
the collaborations are quickly coming together.

My fellow collaborator Cory McCrory has been assembling textured slabs for her part of our project. Looks like things are coming together nicely!