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

My good friend & former pottery student Kristen is doing a great pop-up this weekend! And who doesn’t love handmade pottery AND chocolate?!!! Stop by the Irving Park location of KATHERINE ANNE CONFECTIONS this weekend to see some of Kristen’s pottery & grab some yummy chocolate too!!!


And if you stop by Saturday between 1:00-2:00pm, Kristen will be in the store doing live demos of her carving techniques!


Plus, if you follow, tag & share them both on Instagram, you’ll be entered in a raffle for pottery & chocolate!!! Two of my favorite things!!!

Categories: artists, mugs

So I had a bit of regret for NOT snagging a fun new mug from Breana Ferreira during the Friday Night Opening Party in Aurora for the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR. But then I saw small table at Lillstreet with a pop-up moving sale as Breana is moving to Tennessee for a new artist residency. So I scored this great little mug… for a great “moving sale” price!!! Loving the textures & colors!!!

You can check-out more of Breana’s work on her Instagram… @brebreanam

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Looks like Lora is enjoying her new blue stamped & soda-fired mug that she picked-up during the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR. Perfect for another Mugshot Monday… but what day is groovy-cool coaster day???

Categories: mugs, stamped

Congratulations to Jody & Ira who are celebrating their 25th anniversary… with some quiet time together with their morning coffee ritual in a couple of stamped & glazed mugs!

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

It’s a little early this morning… but never too soon to start putting pottery on the shelves for this weekend’s NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR.

Categories: mugs

Prepping, pricing & packing a new selection of stamped & soda-fired mugs in the basement. Fresh mugs for this weekend’s art fair in Hinsdale… hope to see you there!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Celebrating another MUGSHOT MONDAY with a bunch of new stamped & soda-fired mugs! There’s a whole new batch to prep, price & pack for next weekend at the HINSDALE FINE ART FAIR.

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Prepping, pricing & packing a new selection of stamped & soda-fired mugs in the basement. Fresh mugs for this weekend’s art fair in Hinsdale… hope to see you there!

Categories: hybrid mugs, mugs, soda-fired, textures

With three art fairs over the next three weekends, I knew that I needed to really “bulk-up” the inventory in advance. So I’ve been busily working in my studio trying to make LOTS of pots! I hope I have plenty of “hybrid mugs” for the three shows. Tomorrow I gotta start prepping, pricing & packing… dividing the inventory in three… something for everyone at every show!!!

Texture patterns created using my favorite MKM Hand Rollers. @mkmpotterytools

Categories: mugs

So I got an email from my friend Donna awhile back… saying she just had to set down the travel lid from a different cup… and happened to set it on one of my stamped mugs! And VOILA’… it fit perfectly!!! Who knew??? She might just be onto something… accidentally… and yet perfect for another Mugshot Monday!