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

Hard to believe that August is almost over, and September is right around the corner! Which also means that ART IN THE GARDEN is just over two weeks away! It’s a wonderful grassroots art fair in a charming setting right along a branch of the Chicago River.

Saturday, September 10th – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, September 11th – 10:00am-5:00pm

One of the best parts of this show is that several of the artists are working on collaboration projects… working together to combine their mediums & styles. Offering one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t see at any other art fair! I know I’m working on collaborations with at least three different artists!!! Mark your calendar… we’d love to see you!!!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like Kristy & Matt are enjoying a “fruity” morning al fresco in their beautiful backyard. Fresh fruits never looked so good as when they’re served in a handmade stamped & soda-fired ceramic bowl!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like my friend Jen has cooked up a yummy dish for dinner… a little couscous & tomato salad. Homemade food always tastes better in a handmade bowl. Thanks for sharing your meal with us… virtually.

Categories: animals, bowls, food, friends

Look like another berry bowl found a good home during last weekend’s GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR. Looks beautiful when filled with blueberries & strawberries! I’m sure Allison loves her new berry bowl… but it looks like her cat is still a bit unsure?!

Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends, pottery

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Randal, Fred and the rest of The Rogue Potters on getting a new sign… now looking so “legit” and official. Hard to believe it’s already twelve years since I met the “merry band of Rogue Potters” during the Minnesota Pottery Tour… not an official tour stop, but a great add-on with clever signage on the highway! A talented group of potters… so glad I’ve been able to be part of their journey! The sign looks great guys!!!

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

I love when your “friend-worlds” collide! Like earlier today when my good college friend Kelly & her mom Mimi met up with my pottery friend Cory McCrory during an art fair at the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington! I know Kelly has been an online “fan” of Cory’s work for several years… so this “friends-collision” makes me very happy! Plus, it looks like a few purchases were made too… which also makes me happy!!! Fun pottery for everyone!

Categories: food, friends, holiday

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than sharing cotton candy with a friend?!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like my pal Pam is having a healthy lunch at her desk today… a nice green salad in a nice green bowl! Thanks for sharing Pam!

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

Our pottery tour host Cory McCrory has a line-up mugs standing at the ready… and lots of other amazing pots in her tent! All ready for another day of pottery fun!

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

Looks like my uber-talented buddy Cory McCrory has been extra busy in her studio getting ready for the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR! Some adorable critters scurrying around to find a spicy S&P tray! Can’t wait to share her studio location as one of her guests for the tour. We would love to see you on June 11th & 12th. Kick off your tour in Sandwich, Illinois and work your way back to the Aurora, Villa Park and finally Chicago tour locations.


For more information, check out www.northernilpotterytour.com