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

Another mask finding its way from MY HOLIDAY HOME SHOW to a new full-time home! Looks like Don’s new ceramic mask has found a great spot in his house on a dark gray wall.

Categories: masks, sculpture




There’s nothing fun about waking up to the sound of crashing pottery!!!
I used 3M Command Hooks to hold up some clay wall pieces for my Holiday Home Show last weekend! I followed the directions, stuck them to my wall, let them cure overnight, and hung pieces that were less than a quarter of the rated weight recommendation. They held okay for about four days… and then CRASH!!! Three of them have come crashing down… one of them taking out a ceramic mask along the way! One of them pulled completely off the wall, where the third one the hook separated from the adhesive. They are definitely NOT doing what they’re supposed to do… hundreds of dollars smashed!!!

Be forewarned… and don’t hang anything breakable on 3M Command Hooks!!!




Categories: art fair, masks, soda-fired

Happy faces looking forward to seeing more friendly faces today!
Day Two of MY HOLIDAY HOME SHOW is underway… including some things
you’ll never see in my art fair booth as there aren’t walls to hang things!
We’re open from 10:00am-6:00pm today!!!

Categories: masks, process, production, textures

Literally “threw together” a couple last-minute masks for this weekend’s soda kiln firing… they make me smile while still racing towards my deadline!


Categories: masks, soda-fired

It’s always fun to see people get excited when they’re buying my work…
especially fun today when George & Carmie were buying a new “friend” to go with their other two masks!!! So glad they shared a picture of his new home so soon… the trio looks quite happy together!

Categories: masks, soda-fired

Everyone asked to see the masks after the soda-firing… so here they are fresh out of the kiln! Pretty excited about them. Still a bit warm in these photos… and now I need to add “dangling eyeballs” and wires to hang them on the backside!

Coming soon to ART IN THE BARN in Barrington…
three weeks on September 22nd & 23rd!

Categories: masks, textures

Making masks to bring a smile to your face! Ceramic masks to hang on the wall… textured, color slipped and almost ready for this weekend’s soda-firing! Too bad this don’t normally get to come out to play at art fairs… no place to hang them in my tent. But hopefully some of them will make an appearance at ART IN THE BARN this year as I have some walls to hang them on!

Categories: masks, summer camp, terra cotta

My summer campers this week are focused on sculptures… with a bit of art history along the way. Monday they made terra cotta masks painted with colored low-fire glazes. ADORABLE!!! For now they’re painted, drying and most likely in a kiln… the kids will get their masks back on Friday!!!

Categories: kiln firing, masks, soda-fired

Two wall masks “snuck” their way into my soda kiln. They were a last minute RUSH project. Pushing my luck by making them fresh last Tuesday night before class. And then putting them right into a bisque at the end of that same class!!! More than a little damp still, but they survived. Glazed them and loaded them Friday. Soda-fired Saturday. Out of the kiln Monday night – less than a week from start to finish!!! Whew… and not suggested. Here’s a quick glimpse of them “before” as they were loaded into the soda kiln, and then “after” the soda firing. Just in time for the Holiday Home Show this weekend.

Categories: art fair, flowers, garden, masks, tiles

It was a beautiful setting in Amy Taylor’s backyard for the first “Art In The Garden”. Five artists sharing their art… only to be upstaged by Mother Nature herself with some of her beautiful handwork. Whether is was her beautiful flowers, the striking clouds or the shadows they provided… it was a wonderful weekend in the garden!!!