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

Just in case you’ve “missed” all of my not-so-subtle hints… this weekend is ART IN THE BARN on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington. It’s a wonderful collection of artists, entertainment & fall fun for everyone! I will be in the Lower Barn in my double booth as usual. Twice the booth, twice the amount of pottery!!! It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend. I hope you can come out to say “Hi”… and bring a friend!!!

Categories: flowers, food, garden, pottery, soda-fired, stamped, textures

So Kate thought it as time to give her aloe vera plant a little more room to grow. She separated the “babies” from the mother plant and gave them each their own stamped & soda-fired flower pot. After a long afternoon of re-potting… it’s good to see that Kate is also kicking back and enjoying the new mug she picked up at ART IN THE GARDEN.

Categories: art fair, pottery

Mark your calendars for next weekend when we finally get to go back for ART IN THE BARN in Barrington! We were cancelled last year for obvious reasons… and SO EXCITED to get back to it this year! Sure, we’re all going to be masked-up & basically outdoors… doing what we need to do to keep everyone safe! I’ll be in my usual double booth space in the Lower Barn E4 & E6 with plenty of pottery… along with the newest addition to The Ghouls Collection! Sure, they might be fresh outta the kiln & still warm, but…

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

A beautiful firing in the new Lillstreet soda kiln! So excited with the colors, the glazes & flashing effects throughout the kiln. No dry spots. No gray “dolphin skin”. No glops from the soda. Just a lot of pretty pots… many of which will be going to ART IN THE GARDEN this weekend! Now I just need to clean ’em, price ’em & pack ’em!

Categories: pottery, process, production, stamped, studio

So I’ve been quite busy in the studio, what with full-day Summer Camps & evenings in the studio! So I’m a bit behind on posting photos… especially of these water carafes for ART IN THE GARDEN. They’re coming along quite nicely… and even further along now… actually in the kiln… as these photos were from a week ago! … oops!!!

Categories: lillstreet, pottery, summer camp

A little early-morning Summer Camp still-life…
red & ready… the calm before the storm!

Categories: artists, platters, pottery, sculpture

The third member of the Sculpture Show in Evanston this weekend was Steve Skinner from Black Tree Studio Pottery… and it was these large platters on the wall with miniature houses that caught my attention. For more information on Steve’s work, click on

Categories: flowers, pottery, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Enjoying a quiet moment on my back porch while doing laundry this morning. A quiet little spot to sit & enjoy the plants… and flowers still going strong after last weekend’s art fair! Loving the oval vase that helps spread the flowers out for a “wider” display of floral beauty. The stamping & soda-fired effects aren’t too shabby either… as the B-Clay gets such a nice shiny & smooth surface with great flashing colors.

Categories: art fair, bowls, pottery

Apparently the Glenview Summer Art Fair was featured in the Daily Herald newspaper this weekend. And it appears as though there just may be some pottery featured in the article! Kind of exciting… especially as it seems like she’s REALLY enjoying my work!!!

For the full article, click here… and then click on “Show More Pictures”…

Categories: art fair, flowers, pottery

All set-up & re-stocked for Day Two of the GLENVIEW SUMMER ART FAIR. It looks like another beautiful & warm summer day… even nicer under my shade tree with a gentle breeze! Customers are already starting to show up early… so here we go until 5:00pm. Giddy-up!