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

It’s always fun to see your pottery being used… like fresh tomatoes washed & draining in a berry bowl. Thanks to City Olive for using my work in their store! If you’re near the Andersonville neighborhood, be sure to check out City Olive on Clark for unique & artisanal gourmet olive oils & foods. They are open during these tough times with curbside pick-up or UPS delivery! So if you’re stuck at home cooking… and you want to spice it up a notch, here you go!!!

Categories: collaborations, friends, holiday, My Talented Friends, soda-fired, stamped

Here’s another wonderful gift from one of My Talented Friends…
Sarah Chapman and I had discussed doing a collaboration project “awhile back” where we would work together to make lidded jars. Well, she’s had “plenty of time” to work up a plan… but she totally surprised me when this beauty showed up as part of my Christmas Gift!!! I had totally forgotten about them… but now I LOVE IT!!!

And I LOVE having Talented Friends!!!

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

Looks like Cory McCrory has yet another trick up her sleeve… as if she weren’t busy enough… she’s “upping” the cute factor of our collaboration project and pushing it over the top!!! Can’t wait to see where this takes us…

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

With ART IN THE GARDEN in just a few days… looks like Cory is racing to the Finish Line… and making sure that all of her collaboration pieces make it into that one last kiln that comes out “just in time” for the art fair this weekend!!! I see color… and texture… and whimsy… three of my favorite things!!! Can’t wait to see the finished pieces when mine get added into the mix this Saturday & Sunday in Glenview, Illinois!!!

Categories: collaborations, glaze, porcelain, production, soda-fired, stamped, textures

Textured porcelain buttons up-close & personal…
can’t wait to see what Jill does with them and her beautiful Hooey Batiks!!!
Some glazed, some soda-fired, lots of colors & textures!
ART IN THE GARDEN coming soon!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, glaze, porcelain, stamped, textures

Just a pile of porcelain buttons headed down to Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks
so she can finish up her part of our collaboration for ART IN THE GARDEN.
Come to our grassroots art fair next weekend in Glenview, Illinois…
Saturday, September 7th & Sunday, September 8th!!!

Categories: collaborations, glaze, porcelain, process, stamped, textures

One step closer to my collaboration with Jill Miller of Hooey Batiks
for ART IN THE GARDEN! Always fun to open the kiln to see that glaze magic
that happened around cone six!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, color

Looks like Cory McCrory has been adding some colored underglaze accents to her part of our collaboration project for ART IN THE GARDEN. We’re just over a week away… as our little grassroots art fair is on September 7th & 8th in Glenview, Illinois. It’s all coming together…

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

With ART IN THE GARDEN getting closer & closer… we have just under two weeks to complete all of our collaborations! These little pottery pocket pieces were “designed” by metalsmith Amy Taylor as she already had a “plan” for them. So I made a bunch, stamped & soda-fired them… and now I can’t wait to see what Amy has planned for them?! She’s being kinda secretive about it… but hinted that it “might not” include any metal?!!! Crazy, right?… as she’s known for her amazing metal work & hinges!!!


Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

As if Cory’s collaboration pieces weren’t cool enough… now they’re getting cute too!
Looks like she’s been adding some adorable accents in certain places…
like birds sitting on a fence for ART IN THE GARDEN!!!