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

I’m getting ready to “spring” right into art fair mode… starting this weekend with a fun pop-up in Central Illinois. I’ll be spending the weekend with my very first art fair friends… yes, they were right across the aisle from me many years ago! They were the seasoned veterans, and I was the unknowing newbie. They took me under their wings & we’ve been friends ever since! But I digress… they will be selling many of their own homegrown plants, and I’ll have an assortment of pottery! If you live in Central Illinois, this is the closest show you’ll find me at… so I hope you can stop by!!!

If not, my next three weekends are also booked with art fairs… with Schaumburg, Hinsdale & Sandwich for the Northern Illinois Pottery Tour… chronologically in that order. Mark your calendars!

Categories: friends, weather

Experiencing the eclipse Monday with some friends… with a whole assortment of eye-protection! Also good for shooting photographs through! Here in Chicago, they say we had 94% totality… which was pretty darn cool.

Categories: art fair, friends

So fun when good friends stop by to see you at your gallery show! We’re open again today until 4:00pm at Space 900 Gallery in Evanston. Thanks for coming Allison & Michael.

Categories: art fair, artists, food, friends, My Talented Friends

Looks like it’s Cookie Time at “4×4 : FOUR MAKERS.” Sweet treats to make us all very smiley! Thanks to our friend Nicole for bringing us some yummy goodies from Tag’s Bakery in Evanston.

Categories: friends, holiday

You gotta love when a little Valentine’s treat “mysteriously” shows up on your shelf at the studio! It definitely made me smile when I saw it… and even more when I ate that BROWNIE!!! Thanks for making my day Katie!

Categories: friends, mugs, My Talented Friends, photography

Celebrating another MUGSHOT MONDAY… with a nice post my friend & talented photographer who posted this on Instagram. Great photos, great eye, great guy. You should definitely check out his work on Instagram @ericcraigstudios

You can also check-out his work on his website… www.ericcraigstudioscom

Categories: classes, food, friends, My Talented Friends, pottery

Let me introduce you to Martin… spoiler alert… winner of the most recent “Great American Baking Show”… and potter in my Intermediate Wheelthrowing class! You may remember him from all of my posts about the snacky-games & finale party we played while he was in my class & his show was airing on TV.

Not only do his pottery skills continue to impress us… his baking does too! Like this yummy Lemon Lavender Cake he brought in for class snacks this past Monday! It sure was yummy… past tense… burp!… but it does also look GREAT on the stamped cake plate I made for him as his “trophy” for winning the show!!! They look great together!

You can always check-in on Martin’s baked goods… including the recipe for this cake… if you follow him on Instagram!!! – @martinsorge

And… oh, but wait there’s more… you can still csatch-up and watch “The Great American Baking Show” for FREE online. Sure, it might be on The ROKU Channel… but you don;t need ROKU to watch it on your computer!!! Just click here.

Categories: bowls, friends

Looks like these beautiful bowls just found a new beautiful home! Before they were stashed away in the cupboard… but now they’re more accessible & easy to see every day! Love the vintage crate that give my stamped bowls a nice home… thanks for showing them off Rosene!

Categories: friends, textures

A beautiful brick path… a wonderful collection made & installed over the years.
And perfect for another TEXTURE TUESDAY!
Thanks for sharing your bricks & your textures Gerry!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Homemade food always tastes better in handmade pottery…
even healthy salads with great colors!
Thanks for sharing Kristy!