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

Lots & lots of bowls spreading out all over the place getting ready for the EMPTY BOWLS fundraising event tonight at Lillstreet Art Center from 5:00-8:00pm. Proceeds go towards hunger programs through the First Slice Pie Cafe. Stop by and enjoy the scavenger hunt to find your favorite empty bowl… and then get it filled with some soup!!!

Categories: bowls, lillstreet, pottery

Pulling together some class demo bowls to donate for tonight’s EMPTY BOWLS event at Lillstreet Art Center. Stop by tonight from 5:00-8:00pm for some great pottery at a great price… great soup… and a great cause! Now I’m sure there are more bowls somewhere around here…

Click here for more information about tonight’s EMPTY BOWLS event at Lillstreet.

Categories: bowls, lillstreet, special events

Tomorrow may be “taxing” for some… but it is also a great opportunity to help those less fortunate. Tomorrow evening is the EMPTY BOWLS fundraising event at Lillstreet Art Center. Come buy a handmade bowl, get it filled with soup and feel good as the proceeds go to benefit First Slice Pie CafĂ© and its efforts in serving nearly 4,000 meals each month to Chicago’s hungry. Make every day less “taxing” for those in need… and YOU keep the bowl!!!

Click here for more information – EMPTY BOWLS at Lillstreet Art Center.

Categories: classes, lillstreet, process, production, stamps

Sure, their beginner mugs were a little too smooth & undecorated for my liking. Sweet, but plain. They could surely use some texture… if only they had some stamps to decorate with??? Oh wait… we made those too! It was a very busy night!!!

Categories: classes, lillstreet, mugs, process, production

My students ROCKED it out tonight. It’s only their second class of the new Spring session… and they’ve already finished their first mugs!!! Thrown, trimmed and handled!

Voila’…. MUGS!!!


Categories: classes, friends, lillstreet, mugs

So exciting to see that another one of my students made it onto the Lillstreet Student Brag Shelves!!! Great job Colin… so glad your “last” mug turned out great before your move to San Francisco!!! We’ll all miss you… and your mugs!

Categories: bowls, lillstreet, production

At Lillstreet Art Center we’re getting ready for our Empty Bowls fundraiser. So tonight was our first Bowl-A-Thon to make a bunch of bowls. Everyone was making bowls to donate made with complimentary clay thanks to Dave & Bruce. I made my first six… with more to come!

Categories: classes, lillstreet, mugs

A great line-up of mugs made by my pottery students tonight.
Not too shabby for Week Two?! I have the BEST students!!!

Click here to see the video version on my Instagram page.

Categories: classes, lillstreet

I just found out we have one last spot that just opened up for my Tuesday night Beginning Wheel throwing Class at Lillstreet Art Center. Who’s going to grab that last spot??? Don’t miss out! It’s no fun on the Waiting List.

Click here to register online.

Categories: classes, lillstreet

So you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas???
Time to buy yourself the perfect gift.

How about the chance to play in the mud and make some great handmade pottery???
The new class session begins on January 12th for my Tuesday night Beginning & Advanced Beginning Wheelthrowing class. Sign up now and kick off the New Year with a new class. But do it quick… there are only FOUR spaces left in my class before you end up on a Waiting List!!!… ‘cuz that would be no fun!!!!

Click here to register online at Lillstreet Art Center.