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



After packing the car, but before hitting the road…
we decided to make a little side trip to Louisville Stoneware!

We looked through their showroom. A lot of production pottery… each mass-produced, slip cast and yet handpainted. Many of the designs using the Louisville fleur-di-lis design.

Just past the retail area, they also have a special one-of-a-kind area with handpainted beauties…
each with a special Louisville flair!

And we looked at their classroom area… mostly a paint-a-pot kinda classroom!

And then went into the Louisville Stoneware production area… with a lot of artisans hard at work cranking out the pottery!

While I’m not a huge fan of full-on, slip-cast production pottery….
I must admit I did chuckle a bit when I saw the street signs… inside potter’s joke…




Categories: pottery

Love seeing my pottery in use… even if it is the bathroom! Everyone has one, so why not make it look nice?! A beautiful slab of granite needs some nice pottery to accent the sink! Thanks Nancy for sharing!

Categories: flowers, garden, pottery

A beautiful display of wood-fired bottles by Jason Hess backed by fresh greens of the trumpet flowers growing up the walls outside the Lillstreet Gallery in the summer sun.


Categories: garden, pottery

While in Peoria, I gave my friends a few boxes of “seconds” and cracked, chipped, kiln-splotched or glaze-ruined pieces of pottery for them to break-up and use in their garden. They have plans to make a nice alternative to pea gravel & mulch in a few places!

Categories: artists, pottery

Always fun to see my “pottery-pal” Suze Lindsay from North Carolina and her amazing textures, patterns, brushwork and soda-fired effects on the St. Croix River Valley Pottery Tour. She’s always a ray of sunshine on the tour!



Categories: art fair, artists, color, pottery

With predictions of rain & clouds for last Friday, it sure turned out beautiful…
especially bright & cheery with the colorful works of Karin Kraemer
on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour.

Categories: artists, porcelain, pottery

Our first stop Friday on the St. Croix Pottery Tour found us having a nice chat with sgraffito master Matt Metz. And then this beauty decided it “had to” come home with me to join my ever-growing Matt Metz Collection. First souvenir of the St. Croix Pottery Tour!

Categories: art fair, artists, pottery

We had practically perfect weather this past weekend as we enjoyed
the St. Croix River Valley Pottery Tour. So many pots. SO MUCH FUN!!!


Categories: pottery

So apparently this ad ran in the New York Times yesterday…
and someone posted it on the wall outside my studio. Not really sure what the ad is “for”…
just a photo and a header, no body copy?! But I agree just the same!



Categories: family, flowers, mugs, pottery

Yesterday my cousin Kim was hunkering down for another April snowstorm…
bringing in a few early bloomers before the snow got the best of them!
Thanks for sharing Kim!!!