Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: art fair, ornaments, pottery, soda-fired

Huge THANKS to everyone who came out this weekend for my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW. So much fun to kick-off the holiday season with so many friendly faces sharing stories, sharing yummies & sharing our love for pottery!!! More holiday fun to come…

Categories: art fair, pottery

Early morning Day Two!!! The sun is shining and I’m restocking shelves for another fun day at my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW. We’re open from 10:00-6:00 today with lots of pots looking to become someone’s favorite holiday gift!!!

Categories: art fair, pottery

A very successful Day One for the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!! Very festive. Very fun.
Looking forward to another great day tomorrow from 10:00am-6:00pm… c’mon by… c’mon buy!!!

Categories: kiln firing, pottery

Well, here it is… my fired soda kiln last night waiting to be unloaded.
So much fun taking it apart shelf by shelf, brick-by-brick… finding tons of treasures
along the way! To see everything that was inside, you’ll need to come
to my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW this weekend!!!

Categories: art fair, holiday, pottery

Hard to believe that my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW is already next weekend!!!
Kilns are cooling… shelves going up… halls are being decked… and you’re all invited!!!
Next Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am-6:00pm with pots in every room of my condo,
treats in the kitchen and the “Tired Of Shlepping Sale” on the back porch!

Categories: kiln firing, mugs, pottery, process, production

After a couple hours of “Pottery Tetris”… I finally got my soda kiln filled to the brim last night. Lots of pots & ornaments that will be coming out just in time for next weekend’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!

The Back Stack…

The Front Stack…

Categories: kiln firing, pottery, process, production, soda-fired

With ART IN THE BARN next weekend, I tried my best to pack the kiln full of new pots that will be headed out to Barrington!!! Packed tight with a LOT of pots!!! It’s gonna be a long firing to “push” the soda through all of the pots. I’ll be soda-firing all day tomorrow… “plenty of time” before the art fair!

Categories: glaze, kiln firing, pottery, soda-fired

Lots of pots packed in already… and this is only the back stack of the kiln!
I love when the pots fit in tight all the way to the top and hug the curve of the kiln ceiling.

Categories: porcelain, pottery, process, production, stamped, vases

Just finishing up another batch of stamped vases… some porcelain, some stoneware. All complete with colored flashing slip accents… and trying to dry ‘em a bit quicker on an elevated plastic grid for better air-flow on all sides! Gotta get these babies into a bisque kiln quick… deadline approaching faster than I’d like…



Categories: pottery

Just dropped off some new olive oil pourers at the cutest little olive oil boutique on Clark Street – CITY OLIVE!!! Stop by for amazing olive oils from around the world in all different flavors. You can even taste-test a few of them while you’re there! Then buy a bottle, some gourmet foods or put together an amazing gift basket with products from City Olive… 5644 North Clark, Chicago.