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

We’re just one day away from ART IN THE GARDEN!!!
Nine talented artists & friends getting together to host their own grassroots art fair in Glenview, Illinois. Be sure to stop by Saturday 9/7 or Sunday 9/8 from 10:00am-5:00pm to see all of the amazing work… including some spectacular collaboration projects that we’ve all been working on for weeks!!! It’s a great chance to meet the artists in a much more intimate art fair setting… it’s in Amy’s backyard garden!!!

Check out all of the details on www.grassrootsartfair.com

Categories: art fair, artists, My Talented Friends

ART IN THE GARDEN
A wonderful grassroots art fair thrown together by a bunch of talented friends & artists. So much fun to have a smaller event that gives everyone time to chat, hang out and really get to see everything! Plus, several of the artists are working on collaboration projects with each other… an opportunity to work together and mix medias that don’t always get to play together! So much fun to see what everyone comes up with. We hope you can join us this weekend, September 7th & 8th from 10:00am-5:00pm in Glenview, Illinois.

Check us out at www.grassrootsartfair.com

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

HUGE CONGRATS to my friend & former pottery student Martin Chadwick for winning BEST OF SHOW at this weekend’s Southport Arts Festival. Not only is he a fine potter, but his paintings are out-of-this-world!!! And it’s so exciting to see that his amazing talent & creative efforts have been rewarded. Well done Mate!

Click here to see more of Martin’s amazing paintings!!!

Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends

Congrats to my friend, metalsmith & occasional co-teacher Pam Robinson for being honored tonight at the SNAG Conference here in Chicago with the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Award… for her endless hours volunteering to make these metals conferences happen so smoothly! Well done Pam – you deserve it!!!

For more about SNAG, and Pam’s big award… click here!

Direct from the SNAG website…

The Board of Directors is happy to announce the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Award recipient is Pam Robinson.

Pam Robinson is a Chicago-based jeweler and metalsmith who earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studied gemology and wax carving at The Gemological Institute of America, and has taken countless workshops across the country. She is perhaps best known to the SNAG community as a conference emcee but she has done far more than that for SNAG behind the scenes.

Pam attended her first SNAG conference in 2004 and has been committed to the organization ever since. She immediately felt a connection to SNAG because of the like-minded community and people who generously share their knowledge and friendship. Two short years later, she took on the critical role of being the Co-Chair for the Chicago conference in 2006.

Pam joined SNAG’s Board of Directors in 2012 and was the conference liaison until 2015. She was instrumental in organizing, planning and scheduling conferences in Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, and Boston.

She helped implement changes to the structure and schedules within the conferences and created policies and contracts to streamline these complex events. In addition, she managed the Education Dialogue, the Trunk Show, and tirelessly edited the conference brochures.

Pam has been the Trunk Show coordinator in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, communicating with all participants both pre-conference and onsite. This year, she is also the Conference Workshop Coordinator.

She recently joined the Women’s Jeweler’s Association (WJA) Board of Directors – Chicago chapter, and was a founding member of The Chicago Metals Art Guild (CMAG).

For over 26 years, Pam has taught classes at Lillstreet Art Center and is currently the Director of Education, and the Director of the Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass department. She has also taught metalsmithing workshops nationwide. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions, featured in print (both magazines and books) and on the bodies and hands of wonderful patrons.

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

Had a great time yesterday hanging out with my talented metalsmith friend Sarah Chapman at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW. Her work is amazing… great designs, incredible craftsmanship, fun textures, beautiful stones… and great shadows too!!!

Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends, pottery, wheelthrowing

One of the best parts of NCECA for me is getting to see some of my pottery friends, former teachers, online contacts & more! Always great to run into someone you know when you’re out & about – away from your normal path. Including running into some of my Facebook & Instagram “fans” who it was fun to stop & chat with… odd to be recognized only by my online presence?!!!

So much fun having a chance to hang out and play with my pottery buddy Steven Hill. He’s an amazing potter… and apparently the superstar for SKUTT Kilns & Wheels. He was participating in their trade show booth – both as a demonstrating artist, as well as the judge for their wheelthrowing contest. Either way, we had a great time chatting and meeting some of his other pottery friends. And as always, it’s just great to watch other people throwing pots. I could watch that all day, every day. And when it’s someone as experienced as Steven… it never gets old. Thank You Steven!!!

Categories: artists, creativity, food, My Talented Friends

Celebrating Pi(e) Day by wearing this sweet little necklace by my talented metalsmith friend Amy Taylor. I love having talented friends… especially when they know you THIS well.
Sweet treats!!!

Categories: My Talented Friends, pottery

Don’t you love it when you get something fun in the mail… instead of just bills & junk mail??? Like the poster invitation for this year’s ST. CROIX VALLEY POTTERY TOUR!! Always my favorite “pottery adventure” every Spring. Mark your calendar to head to Minneapolis for the weekend to see a HUGE collection of some of the best pottery around. I’ll be going again to do a little shopping & chatting with some of My Talented Friends!

Click here for more information about the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour.

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends

And another huge THANK YOU to my talented metalsmith friend Amy Taylor for spending the weekend with me & my pottery for MUD & METAL! Always fun to share time, stories & customers with My Talented Friends! Thank you Amy… I had a great time!

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends

So glad that my metalsmith friend Amy Taylor could join me for this weekend’s
MUD & METAL Holiday Home Show. We had a great time chatting with everyone today, and we look forward to doing it all again tomorrow from 10-4!!! Be sure to stop by to do some holiday shopping… or just to say “Hi”!!!

And I’m sure you’ve figured it out… I’m the MUD!!