Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: classes, food, holiday, lillstreet

Spent the afternoon teaching a soda-firing class subbing for Levi today. It was a great group, but it was kinda killing me to see bright blue skies through the studio skylights… mocking me to go play outside! Luckily, we all got to “celebrate” NATIONAL OREO COOKIE DAY with single serving packets that I brought for them to take home!!!

Categories: classes, lillstreet, surface decoration, wheelthrowing

So it looks like the Spring Session of classes just opened for online registration at Lillstreet Art Center. I will be teaching three evening classes… including my usual Monday Advanced Wheelthrowing & Tuesday Beginning Wheelthrowing classes.

Potter working clay on wheel

NEW FOR SPRING… I will also be teaching a Surface Decoration Class on Thursday evenings where we’ll focus on a different technique each week. My goal is that we can do some great interactive demos & class projects each week where everyone actual tries each technique on their own work!

Sign-up quick… Lillstreet in-person classes are still limited to eight students, socially-distanced & fully-masked due to pandemic protocols. Be safe… stay masked… and come get muddy with us this Spring!!!

Categories: lillstreet, nature, seasons, weather

More natural textures still dusted with a bit of snow
at Lillstreet Art Center… perfect for a little Texture Tuesday!

Categories: lillstreet

Preparing to teach my morning Wheelthrowing class under beautiful blue skies through the Lillstreet skylights.

Categories: classes, lillstreet, pottery, wheelthrowing

Looking to find a little more zen & calm in your 2021???…
don’t forget a new session of pottery classes start next week at Lillstreet Art Center. My Beginning & Intermediate classes are already full, but there is still space in my Advanced Wheelthrowing class on Thursday mornings from 10:00am-1:00pm. Click on the link if you want to improve your skills, streamline your techniques, or just relax & get muddy with us starting next week!

Click here – Advanced Wheelthrowing classes!

Categories: classes, lillstreet

Looking for something fun to do this New Year?!
Push yourself & play with your clay!!!

Registration is open for THE GREAT LILLSTREET THROWDOWN – season four!!! Based on the BBC reality show, this class is for intermediate & advanced potters who want to jump-start the New Year. Creative projects, challenges, contests & races to keep it challenging & fun for everyone!!! Click on the link below to sign-up for this Thursday night class at Lillstreet Art Center… always one of my favorite classes to teach!


Categories: classes, lillstreet

Registration opened today for the Winter 2021 session at Lillstreet Art Center. I will be teaching four different classes… for ALL levels of potters! Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and my favorite… The Great Lillstreet Throwdown!!! Click on the link below to sign-up… as spaces will fill quickly since they’re still limiting classes to eight students again for effective social-distancing… with plenty of safety measure, hand sanitizers & full masks required!

Click here to register for Lillstreet classes!

Categories: lillstreet, nature, seasons

Another beautiful day in Chicago. The sun was shining, the sky bright blue and some of the honey locust trees on the side of Lillstreet are still in full golden splendor. I taught class this morning and worked in the studio all afternoon… but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak out for a quick break now & again, right?!

Categories: kiln firing, lillstreet

Well THIS can’t be good!!!

While I was in the Lillstreet kiln room tonight I saw this kiln shelf sitting in the corner. Another total meltdown!!! Seems to happen about once or twice a year… when a low-fire clay gets into a high-fire kiln. You never want to see this – or the note that goes with it!!! Always a sigh of relief when I can tell it is NOT one of my students!!!

Categories: classes, lillstreet, sgraffito

Last night in my Intermediate Wheelthrowing class, one of my students wanted to do a bit of sgraffito carving… some creepy & scraggly trees just in time for Halloween! So what better way than to let her borrow my assortment of DiamondCore Tools to get her carving groove on!!!