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

Categories: art fair, pottery

Just a quick reminder… I’ll be setting up my tent & filling it with pottery this weekend for the Glenview Summer Art Fair. It’s supposed to be warm this weekend, but rumor has it my booth will be conveniently located under a nice shade tree!

Categories: friends, pottery, stamped

So I had a glazed ikebana disc that had a crack through it… so I “donated” it to some kids to use as target practice with their BB guns! We put a piece of paper in the center hole so we could see if they every got a bullseye. They may not be very accurate, but the are definitely persistent. They’ve apparently hit ALL around the bullseye… but have never hit the center yet. Keep shooting guys… Sullivan, Maxwell & Franklin… and maybe aim a little better?!!! HA!!!

Categories: classes, friends, pottery, soda-fired

This past week of Summer Camp I was upstairs on the third floor in one of the Painting Classrooms for sculpture camp. In the room there’s a large bookshelf full of props & pieces for them to build still-lifes for painting & drawing classes. It was fun to see one of Emily Murphy’s old soda-fired pots in the mix. Sure, it may have a small chip on the rim, but it still looks pretty darn good considering Emily left Lillstreet and moved to Minneapolis several years ago!!!

Categories: classes, pottery, surface decoration

Well, it’s been a few weeks since we finished our SURFACE DECORATIONS class at Lillstreet. And things have been glazed & coming out of the kiln. Here’s an assortment of Helen’s pieces she made during class… including crackled slip, water etching, sanggam, colored slips, carving, sgraffito, piercing & more! Well done Helen… thanks for sharing your pieces with us!

Categories: pottery, process

After Summer Camp, I made it to the post office in time to send out my first pile of boxes from this weekend’s NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR. There were some pretty nice purchase from my new ETSY store… and I’m trying to get them packed up & shipped out as soon as possible! Thank You to everyone who participated in this year’s tour… we’re already looking forward to next year!!!

Categories: pottery

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the inaugural NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR a huge success this weekend! We all had a great time… and looking forward to doing it again next year in-person! Just in case you missed the fun… my brand new ETSY SHOP is still open if you need to add some pottery to your collection! –

Categories: art fair, artists, pottery

Well, it’s Day Three of the NORTHERN ILLINOIS POTTERY TOUR… the final day… and there’s still plenty of time to curb your pottery addiction! Twenty-one ceramic artists with a wide range of styles, techniques & aesthetics. You can find them all through the Pottery Tour website…

And if you want to add some of my stamped & textured pottery to your collection, you can always go directly to my new ETSY SHOP…