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

My friends Keith & Julie recently moved for central Illinois to Ohio… and it looks like they finally got around to unboxing some of their pottery collection! What better way to “feel at home” than with a freshly-baked pineapple upside-down cake, fresh-cut roses from the garden & the warmth of a candle… and some of my stamped pottery to pull it all together!

Categories: family, flower pots, flowers

Looks my cousin David’s anthurium is enjoying its new home in a pretty stamped & purple flower pot! David surprised me at ART IN THE GARDEN by coming to the show with his Mom & Sister… my Aunt Marilyn & cousin Kim… even though he lives in Ohio!!! SURPRISE!!!

Categories: flowers, vases

Katherine came to ART IN THE BARN this past weekend and purchased an ikebana vase in my booth. Then she was “inspired” to make her first ikebana flower arrangement using flowers from her own backyard garden. So beautiful… now I kinda want to see her whole garden?! Nicely done Katherine!!!

Categories: flowers, nature

Beautiful Fall flowers on a beautiful Fall day.
Loving all the textures & colors!

Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

The Fall coolness may be in the air today, but that doesn’t mean that the flowers are done showing off. Like these beautiful green hydrangeas that look perfect in a stamped & soda-fired vase!

Categories: animals, flowers, nature

In a field of beautiful goldenrod, there are plenty of bees enjoying the flowers & pollen… and a cool praying mantis basking in the sun!

Categories: flowers, seasons

With Fall quickly approaching, you feel a change in the air, a different direction for the sun & the Summer flowers are starting to fade. Beautiful, but sad… I’ll be hanging onto Summer as long as I can!!!

Categories: art fair, flowers

Huge THANKS to everyone who came out this past weekend for ART IN THE GARDEN in Glenview! We all had a wonderful time sharing our artwork, our collaborations, chatting with friends & customers…. and I sent a lot of pottery off to new homes! Okay sure, maybe Sunday was a “little” rainy… but we were troopers and stayed open through the storms & truly appreciate those who came by on Sunday with umbrellas in tow. Thanks to everyone for making this another successful year at ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: art fair, flowers

Stopped by the local Farmers Market to pick-up some beautiful flowers for my art fair booth this weekend. You know I love a beautiful dahlia with such great structure, texture, repetition of petals & colors! Can’t wait to show them off in some of my pottery this weekend at ART IN THE GARDENcuz’ you need flowers in a garden, right?!

And huge thanks to the folks from Vangies Farm for coming to the Farmers market to share their flowers… while watching them pull together beautiful arrangements & bouquets right there on the spot!

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

Looks like Cory McCrory is in the final stretches with our collaboration project. Just putting some finishing touches, staining, sealing & assembling all of the parts & pieces… before se starts choosing the “perfect” trio of flowers for each of the wall vases that I made. Another wonderful collaboration project with Cory coming together in the nick of time for ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend!