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

One last “sneak preview” of a few of the collaboration pieces that we’re bringing to ART IN THE BARN this weekend. My friend & multi-media painter Cheryl Holz and I have been working on combined works. One of her beautiful paintings in one of my stamped & soda-fired picture frames. They are a limited edition of twenty… so come out to Barrington early to get your own “clay & paint” collaboration masterpiece!!!

Categories: art fair, collaborations, friends, soda-fired, stamped

So Cheryl Holz has been narrowing it down. Finalizing the pairings of her multi-media paintings with my stamped & soda-fired frames. Once she decides, and stops second-guessing herself, they will be adhered to the picture frame. Then they will all be making their way to ART IN THE BARN this weekend. We will reveal the collaboration in both of our booths… she’ll have half of them upstairs, and I’ll have the other half downstairs in The Barn.

Be sure to stop by… quantities are very limited!


Categories: artists, collaborations, friends

So Cheryl has been putting in more time than we expected matching up her paintings with my soda-fired frames. It’s kind of amazing how changing a frame, switching a painting, flipping the pair, etc. can make such a huge difference?! It’s like a big shell game trying to find & put together all of the perfect pairs. Glad it’s her and not me… and we thought making the art itself was the hard part?!!!


Categories: collaborations, friends

I’m sure all of the artists showing are frantically getting ready for ART IN THE BARN this weekend. I know that my friend & master painter Cheryl Holz is cranking out a lot of new work… including these minis with paint, encaustic, inclusions, etc. The best part is that these minis are destined to live in the soda-fired picture frames that I made. It’s been a fun collaboration project… coming soon to ART IN THE BARN. We’re both in The Barn… Cheryl is upstairs, and I’m downstairs!!!


Categories: food, friends

So when I learned that my friend & co-worker Sandy had NEVER had a milkshake before, I knew we had to take care of that!!! Apparently she didn’t like milk as a kid, so she never drank it. And as she got older, the “no-milk” concept including MILKshakes! But c’mon.... it’s a MILKSHAKE!!! So much better than milk… and I think she loved it! She finished it with an amazing smile and a thumbs up!

Categories: art fair, artists, collaborations, friends

ART IN THE BARN is just over a week away in Barrington…
and it looks like my favorite painter Cheryl Holz has been busy making pieces for the show.
Sure, they’re pretty and all… but they kinda need a frame, right?!
Maybe a clay one would be cool?…. you know how I LOVE a good collaboration!

For more about Cheryl Holz and her beautifully inspired multi-media work…
click here for her website.

Categories: friends, special events, workout

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my buddies Chris, Nancy & Rose who just crossed the Finish Line of IRONMAN MADISON!!! It was the first full IM for Nancy & Rose, and the second for Chris! All three of these ladies rocked it today! I just wish I could have been up there to cheer them on!!! But duty called… and I had a great weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN. Some of us had to work… while others got to workout!!


Pay no attention to that man in the crazy pink shirt… she’s IN FRONT of him!!!

Shortly behind was Chris…

And then it was Rose’s turn to cross the Finish Line…

Again, HUGE CONGRATS to all three of these amazing friends! They did an amazing job completing the 140.6 ile course…and still all smiles!!!


Categories: friends, special events, workshop

My buddies Chris & Nancy rounding the Capital at the halfway point of the IRONMAN marathon. About 13-miles into the run and they’re still smiling! Somewhere at the end of the bike course, Chris & Nancy met up in the transition and head out for the run together. What better way to run the final leg of their IRONMAN together with a good friend to keep you moving. To share a story and a laugh. And to commiserate about the pain. And to share the entire experience together. Great friends with a great experience!

Categories: friends, special events, workout

Best of luck to my buddies Chris, Nancy & Rose as they race in the IRONMAN Madison today! So excited for them… right now they should be in the middle of their 2.4 mile swim! It’s going to be a long day, but I’m confident they can make it through the 140.6 miles of fun!!! This will be Chris’ second IRONMAN, while it is Nancy and Rose’s first full IRONMAN.

To celebrate their achievement, one of their training-mates Beckie decided to print “team” photos for them… and asked me to make some custom frames. A great collaboration to commemorate their huge achievement. Way to go girls!!!

Pictured left to right… Rose, Nancy, Coach Chilly, Chris and Beckie.
Missing from the photo?… ME – the “honorary” Team Chilly member!



Categories: art fair, artists, friends, textures

The collaboration projects for ART IN THE GARDEN are coming along quite nicely. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the beautiful silver necklace pendants that Amy Taylor has made using some of my textured clay pieces as cabachons. I just hope she doesn’t confuse a ridged chip with one of my pieces as she’s snacking & working at the same time?!!! Either direction would be a bad mistake!