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

So fun to have my potter-friend Mike Stumbras stop by my little Mug Sale today with some of his family! They got a quick tour of Lillstreet… and a couple new mugs… and I got a beautiful porcelain cup from Mikey! Lots of twists, slip trailing & gold lustre! If you’re not following Mike on Instagram… you definitely should be!!!

Beautiful pottery, incredible craftsmanship, historical references & plenty of videos & tutorials. Be sure to check him out. … @mikestumbras

Categories: artists, collaborations, My Talented Friends

Just dropped off two new soda-fired frames with my friend & painter Mary Foster… just finishing up one last Christmas collaboration commission before the holidays! We’ve done several “pottery & painting” collaboration pieces this year… and already discussing next year!

Considering some new options… and not to give anything away,
but I’ll give you two words… WOOD… CUT…. fingers crossed…

Categories: animals, creativity, friends, holiday, My Talented Friends, ornaments

So excited to add two new Cory McCrory ornaments to my Christmas tree this year! Such an adorable addition to my handmade ornament collection! Cory makes amazing pieces handbuilt with paper clay, great textures, fun colors… and always a dash of whimsy!!! I mean… who doesn’t need a chicken and a bunny on their tree?!

And they’re BELLS too!!! That Cory McCrory thinks of everything!!!

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

And here’s a little of “the metal” from MUD & METAL.
Some of Amy Taylor’s beautiful hinged silver jewelry with cool gemstones. We’ve got plenty of pottery & jewelry for everyone on your holiday shopping list today… including yourself!!! We’re open until 6:00pm… and bring a friend!

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

Tomorrow’s the big day! The kick-off of this weekend’s MUD & METAL Holiday Home Show! We’re open Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am-6:00pm with plenty of pottery & jewelry for everyone on your holiday gift list. Swing by to do a little holiday shopping, to enjoy some holiday cheer… or to just sit on my comfy sofa to hang out with us for awhile! Remember, we’re staying safe with face masks & social-distancing even if you’re vaccinated!

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends

Start making your holiday gift list now… so you’re ready to finish off your list this weekend at my MUD & METAL Holiday Home Show. My Talented Friend Amy Taylor will be joining me with her amazing jewelry! Lots of pottery & jewelry for everyone on your list… plus a few extras for yourself!

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

Had a fun day today hanging out with My Talented Friend Sarah Chapman at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW at the Merchandise Mart. She’s showing off her incredible metalsmithing skills this weekend in Booth #2118. She’ll be at it again tomorrow… and I’ll once again be hanging with her for the day. Be sure to stop by to say Hello!

Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends

Ready for a little more holiday shopping?! Well, next weekend is MUD & METAL… my second Holiday Home Show. Plenty of pottery for everyone on your gift lists. Plus wonderful handmade & hinged jewelry by My Talented Friend Amy Taylor. She makes amazing pieces sure to be hit on Christmas Day!!!

Click here for a preview of Amy’s work… and to start your shopping lists!

Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends

Catherine, one of my pottery students, had been covering this Sarah Chapman necklace on her website. Just a couple days ago… it SOLD to someone else! Guess Catherine is going to need to find a new one at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW … this weekend at the Merchandise Mart Booth 2118.

Categories: art fair, artists, craftsmanship, creativity, My Talented Friends

My Talented Friend & amazing metalsmith Sarah Chapman is back in town this weekend and showing her artistry at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW. Starting tomorrow at the Merchandise Mart, the art fair continues through the weekend. Sarah is in Booth 2118… and I’ll be helping her there on Saturday & Sunday. Be sure to swing by to say “Hi”… and to see Sarah’s amazing metal & gemstone masterpieces!