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

So I did a little “detailing” on my batch of small plates… a bit of stamping, texturing & altering of rims. Still working towards ART IN THE GARDEN… the last weekend of August… where our big collaboration project will all come together!!! Just trying to stay one step ahead of Cory… HA!!!

So here they are… one by one… two shots of each!!!

Plate A –

Plate B –

Plate C –

Plate D –

Plate E –

Plate F –

Plate G –

Plate H –

Plate I –

Plate J –

Plate K –

Plate L –

Plate M –

Plate N –

So there they are… plenty of plates… with a couple extra just in case. You know nothing is guaranteed with pottery. Better to hedge your bets with a couple extras!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, friends

Looks like Retta Hentschel is getting ready to have some fun with my lidded jars! Making magic happen as only she can… getting ready for ART IN THE GARDEN. These unique collaboration projects are one of the many things that make this art fair so special… August 29th & 30th in Glenview!

For more information… and some more pretty pictures…
here’s your OFFICIAL INVITATION!!!

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

Well, my part of these collaboration pieces are soda-fired & done… and I’ve got five of My Talented Friends who’ve agreed to collaborate with them for ART IN THE GARDEN. Amy, Cory, Ken, Kristin & Retta will all be working “their magic” with them as special one-of-a-kind collaborations only for this special grassroots art show!

More to come I’m sure…
as I can’t wait to see what each of them do to finish off my lidded jars!

Categories: bowls, collaborations, production, stamped

Under wraps waiting to be trimmed… a few more bowls for my ART IN THE GARDEN collaboration project!

Categories: art fair, bowls, collaborations, friends, handbuilding

Looks like Cory was busy in her studio yesterday working on some of the parts of our collaboration project for ART IN THE GARDEN. We’re each making pieces that will “somehow” come together for the big reveal the last weekend of August in Glenview for our grassroots art fair!

Click here for more information about ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: bowls, collaborations, process, production, stamped, wheelthrowing

I’m working on my part of the collaboration project I’m doing with my pal Cory McCrory for ART IN THE GARDEN. We’re just three weeks away so it’s time to get things going in high gear! Gotta get my part done… as I would hate to be the one who doesn’t fulfill my part of the collaboration!!!

So I’ve been stamping & details another set of bowls… getting one step closer…

Bowl #1 –

Bowl #2 –

Bowls #3 –

Bowl #4 –

Bowl #5 –

Bowl #6 –

More to come as I keep working on my part of the collaboration!
This is just a start… and little bit of a “teaser”!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations

Very exciting to see that one of my fellow ART IN THE GARDEN artists is already planning his part of the collaboration! Woodworker Ken Staggs busy at work on his first “prototype” idea!

Categories: art fair, bowls, collaborations, friends, handbuilding, My Talented Friends

Here’s a sneak peek at what my “cohort in collaborations” has been up to … looks like Cory McCrory has been working on our newest collaboration for this year’s ART IN THE GARDEN. Each year we do a special project together just for this one special art fair in Glenview! I’m sure there will be more photos to come… but for now it looks like Cory is keeping her secret project pieces “under wraps”!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, mosaic

Looks like I’m not the only one working on some collaboration projects for ART IN THE GARDEN!!! I see that mosaic artist Kristin Conneely is making a sweet little piece with some textured pottery pieces from my friend Cory McCrory! These collaborations are so much for for all of us… getting to play with each other to make cool things we don’t usually get to make… as “normal” art fairs kinda frown upon this kind of collaboration!!!

Categories: collaborations, porcelain, process, production, stamped

Painting some accents & details onto my lidded jars with colored flashing slips. These lidded jars will all be soda-fired… so hopefully the porcelain will get a beautiful blushed effect & the colored flashing slips will pop with color! Working my way towards ART IN THE GARDEN with a few of our special collaboration pieces!!!