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

Seven Days & Seven Photos in black & white of your everyday life.
No explanation, no people. Challenge a friend to join everyday.

Day 2 of 7.
I was challenged by my friends Barb Duro & Pammy Walden.
Today I challenge Nancy Jana Kent.

Categories: artists, friends, mugs, My Talented Friends

This weekend I received a wonderful gift from one of my many Talented Friends!
Allison did a new illustration every day through the month of October… Ink-tober !
One of her masterpieces featured one of my stamped & soda-fired mugs upfront & centered. Huge thanks to Allison for my gift… and for sharing her art & talents with all of us!

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Categories: food, friends, soda-fired, textures, tiles

Weren’t we all told as a child to “not play with your food”???
Well, my friend Allison has been playing with her food on top of one of my textured tile trivets.
And boy am I glad she is… too much fun!!!

Categories: classes, friends, lillstreet

Well, I was out of town last week… so I missed teaching my pottery class on Tuesday.
Which just so happened to be Halloween!
Kind of a bummer because I had HUGE Halloween plans for my class… maybe next year?!

Anyway, apparently some of my students had Halloween plans also.
And when they found out I was going to miss our Halloween class, they decided to push their Halloween costume back a week for when I returned. So funny when you wee them all working at the sink…

Yes, I “think” this is flattering?!     I hope…
But they decided for Halloween to dress up as ME!!!
Complete with my shorts, tie-dyed shirt, sandals or Crocs, my IRONMAN tattoo!
They even took it to the smallest of details with a smattering of glitter. Long story…

But here’s the test… can you pick out the REAL IRONMAN???

So much fun in class… I HAVE THE BEST STUDENTS EVER!!!

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Categories: bowls, friends, pottery

A quick peek into the pottery cupboard as dinnerware pieces are changing from summer colors to seasonal earthtones. So fun to see my pottery in people’s homes… in this case, my first ever “art fair friends” who have quite the collection both old & new! Thanks for sharing Gerry & Rosene. See you soon!

Categories: art fair, friends, mugs

Huge thanks to everyone who came to ART IN THE GARDEN yesterday…
like my friend Allison who snatched up this new mug! Remember, we’re open again today from 10:00am-5:00pm. Come see us in Glenview!

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

Here’s a few of the collaboration salt & pepper shakers sets that went home yesterday. It’s a “mix & match” your own perfect set collaboration. You get one Cory shaker, one Gary shaker and one tray by either me or Cory. A fun game to put together your “perfect” set… a little harder for some with far too many combination options! Remember, again today only at ART IN THE GARDEN. We have a lot of great shakers & combinations left to play with!!!

Categories: artists, collaborations, friends, My Talented Friends

Looks like Cory has been adding some color to her pieces too.
The underglaze might look a little muted now, but if you know Cory and her work…
you know they’re going to be a lot more vibrant later!

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

ART IN THE GARDEN is right around the corner…
and some fun collaborations are in the works again this year!
My talented friend Cory McCrory and I are “spicing things up” and working on a new collaboration for the folks who come to the Garden!!! More to come…

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Categories: food, friends, inspiration, soda-fired, stamped

My friends Gerry & Rosene are going through a lot of construction at home after some storm damage, and today made everything a lot better when they made a lemon verbena cake with lemon frosting! Which I’m SURE was so much better with fresh lemons hand-squeezed on a handmade citrus juicer!!!