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

Beautifully blown baubles & beads! Glass artist Donna Sauers has been making a lot of beautiful pieces in her torch… each one then turned into a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art. Just one of My Talented Friends joining us this weekend at ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends, sculpture

As part of the Sculpture Show in Evanston this weekend, another one of “My Talented Friends” was showing off her sculptural work too. Darlys Ewoldt makes these amazing metal sculptures… hollow forms assembled & colored. I have no real concept of how she makes metal do this… but they are always crazy cool forms that draw you right into them! For more work by Darlys, click on her website at

Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends

So much fun to spend time with one of “My Talented Friends” today… as metalsmith Sarah Chapman was part of a sculpture show this weekend in Evanston. I had the chance to swing by today to see Sarah with some of her newest work, sculptural pieces & beautiful jewelry. To see more of Sarah’s amazing metal work, click on

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends

And another big congratulations to “My Talented Friend”… and art fair booth neighbor… amazing metalsmith Amy Taylor who received an “Award Of Excellence” ribbon this weekend at the Glenview Summer Art Fair.

Not only will Amy be with us at ART IN THE GARDEN… she’s also the host… as we’ll all be setting up our grassroots art fair event once again in her backyard garden on September 11th & 12th. Mark your calendars!

And yes, Tom will be there too & up to his usual antics!!!

Categories: art fair, My Talented Friends

Huge congratulations to “My Talented Friend” Mary Foster who won BEST OF SHOW this weekend at the Glenview Summer Art Fair! Her paintings & woodcut prints are beautiful, colorful & whimsical. So excited to have her with us as part of ART IN THE GARDEN… my next art fair in early September! More details to come… and CONGRATS again Mary!

Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends, pottery

With the big launch of the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR just two days away… I thought it might be nice to share the spotlight with a few of “My Talented Friends.” The tour will feature twenty-one talented potters each with a different approach & aesthetic. The tour is “virtual” this year with each artist selling their work online. In addition, there will be live demos & presentations on ZOOM… as well as some great giveaways! For more information…

And just in case you’ve missed it somehow, I will be launching my new ETSY SHOP this Friday morning at 8:00am… . There’s nothing posted there yet, but you can probably tag, follow or bookmark so you’re ready for the big kick-off Friday morning!!!

Categories: art fair, artists, friends, My Talented Friends

We had a wonderful day at the HINSDALE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL today. Incredible weather, nice shade, sweet breeze… and a great booth neighbor to play with! I’ve know Rhonda Gurgone for a couple years now from the art fair circuit… but we’ve never gotten quite this much time to hang out together. If you happen to swing by the fair tomorrow, be sure to pop in to say “Hi”, She makes great jewelry pieces out of vintage & historical buttons. You can tell that she loves what she does… and LOVES sharing the stories behind every button!!!!

Check her out at The Buttons Stop Here – @thebuttonsstophere

Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends, pottery

Today’s MY day apparently! Excited to be today’s Featured Artist for the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR! We’re just a couple weeks away from our inaugural Pottery Tour… virtual this year, in-person from then on! June 18th, 19th & 20th.

Honored to be part of the Tour… along with several of My Talented Friends! Mark your calendars… and follow-along for more details @northernilpotterytour … as well as our new website

Categories: friends, My Talented Friends, porcelain, sgraffito

And just in case you were wondering… here are a few finished pieces by My Talented Friend Susan Slogoff. She helped with our sgraffito class last night and brought these examples to share with my students. Crazy cool, right?!

Be sure to follow Susan on Instagram @susanslogoff

Categories: artists, flowers, friends, My Talented Friends, pottery, vases

Looks like Spring is working its way into Oak Park… and my friend & fellow potter Roberta’s backyard where the snowdrops have started to bloom. She brought a few blossoms inside for her perfect little bud vase! So pleased that my tumbler made her photo shoot! Thanks for the shout-out Roberta!

Check-out Roberta’s amazing work on her Facebook page…