Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: lillstreet, ornaments, soda-fired

Just a quick reminder that tonight is the LILLSTREET HOLIDAY PARTY from 5:00-8:00pm. I’ll be in my studio sharing in the festivities, selling some handmade mugs… and these cute little soda-fired star ornaments too! Hope you can swing by to say hello & to spread some holiday cheer!

4401 North Ravenswood, Studio 205 West, Chicago

Categories: art fair, holiday, lillstreet, pottery

Just a quick reminder… we’re kicking off the holiday season tomorrow night at Lillstreet Art Center. Another great chance to do some handmade holiday shopping… whether in the Lillstreet Gallery or in one of the many Open Studio spaces. I will be in my Studio 205W on the second floor with plenty of handmade MUGS for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Categories: art fair, lillstreet, mugs, pottery

Setting up my studio with plenty of mugs, mugs & more mugs for this Friday’s HOLIDAY PARTY at Lillstreet. I’ll have plenty of mugs to start your holiday shopping… but if you’re looking for more than just mugs, keep in mind that there will be a SECOND HOLIDAY HOME SHOW on December 10th & 11th.

Categories: art fair, holiday, lillstreet, pottery

If you’re looking for some great handmade holiday gifts this year, mark your calendar for this Friday evening from 5:00-8:00pm for the LILLSTREET HOLIDAY PARTY! I’ll be there for the festivities… with plenty of MUGS in my studio for everyone on your holiday list!

Categories: classes, lillstreet

So “word on the street” is that registration for Winter pottery classes at Lillstreet will open tomorrow morning. I will be teaching three classes & a soda-firing workshop during the Winter session. Registration for my classes fill up FAST… so be prepared to sign-up early!!! –

Intermediate Wheel – Mondays 7-10pm

Beginning Wheelthrowing – Tuesdays 7-10pm

The Great Lillstreet Throwdown – Thursdays 7-10pm
The BEST class ever… based on the British reality show “The Great Pottery Throw Down.” The class is full of projects, challenges, races, contests & other fun & frivolity… and a great prize for the Winner at the end of the session!!!

… and a Soda-Firing Workshop towards the end of February!

Categories: clay, lillstreet

When the classroom reclaim buckets seem to take on a life of their own!!!

Categories: flowers, lillstreet

Gotta love these two little volunteer petunias popping up… finding a little cement crevice to call their own… welcoming another new week of Summer Campers to Lillstreet! Here we go again…

Categories: animals, lillstreet, sculpture, summer camp

So yesterday afternoon, there “may” have been a strange sighting outside of Lillstreet Art Center. There was “rumor” of a giraffe standing out on the corner of Montrose & Ravenswood!!! In Chicago?… Shocking, right?! Well, not so shocking for one of my Summer Campers this week who made his life-sized baby giraffe in Sculpture Camp! Murray worked hard on his giraffe… so we just had to show him off to the world!!!

Categories: clay, lillstreet

Cuteness in the reclaim buckets…
so many fun things popping up around Lillstreet these days!

Categories: clay, lillstreet, process

So now that we’re in between class sessions at Lillstreet… looks like our clay monitors have some catching up to do! The class reclaim buckets are overflowing… in the best way possible! I love the precarious balance of that big pile.

You know my Summer Camp kids would never allow this to happen… as pressing the chunks through the metal grid lid is one of their favorite projects!