Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: artists, creativity, inspiration, sculpture

Now if only we had a little more snow…
I could totally get outside to make one of these “tasty” snow sculptures! HA!!!
Thanks to Snow Art Zone for the inspiration!

Categories: Chicago, creativity, inspiration, sculpture

Okay, so who else remembers these?!… or maybe it’s just a Chicago-thing???
Automatic plastic molded sculptures while you wait!!! Who doesn’t want that?!

The sound of the machine cranking.
The clear bubble to let you see it working.
The smell of the molten plastic.
Pulling them out of the slot while they’re still hot.
Having to carry them upside-down while the plastic cools & solidifies!!!
Whenever we went to the Zoo or a Museum, we would get to choose which ONE of these little statues we wanted as a souvenir.

And every time I smell that melted plastic… I’m eight years old again!!!

For even more about the MOLD-A-RAMA… click here!

I’d like to add a little side note… maybe a little bit of a “Spoiler Alert”???

While I was in the Primate House, the Mold-A-Rama technician was there cleaning the machine and putting any of the errant plastic back into the reservoir. I mentioned how much I loved the Mold-A-Rama as a kid… and how the smell was such a childhood flashback. Then he mentioned that they’ve been working on trying to make a candle that actually has that classic Mold-A-Rama scent!!! Yes, please!!!

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Categories: Chicago, sculpture

And while you’re out playing on a beautiful blue-sky’d day…
why not stroll a bit further to visit the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial just south of the Zoo.
I mean… if you’re gonna play hooky… just sayin’!!!

Categories: masks, sculpture

DON’T TRUST 3M COMMAND HOOKS!!!

DON’T TRUST 3M COMMAND HOOKS!!!

DON’T TRUST 3M COMMAND HOOKS!!!

There’s nothing fun about waking up to the sound of crashing pottery!!!
I used 3M Command Hooks to hold up some clay wall pieces for my Holiday Home Show last weekend! I followed the directions, stuck them to my wall, let them cure overnight, and hung pieces that were less than a quarter of the rated weight recommendation. They held okay for about four days… and then CRASH!!! Three of them have come crashing down… one of them taking out a ceramic mask along the way! One of them pulled completely off the wall, where the third one the hook separated from the adhesive. They are definitely NOT doing what they’re supposed to do… hundreds of dollars smashed!!!

Be forewarned… and don’t hang anything breakable on 3M Command Hooks!!!

DON’T TRUST 3M COMMAND HOOKS!!!

DON’T TRUST 3M COMMAND HOOKS!!!

DON’T TRUST 3M COMMAND HOOKS!!!

Categories: Chicago, sculpture

Another category from yesterday’s Instagram Photo Challenge with my Dad & Taylor!!!

Categories: artists, sculpture

Crazy cool sculptures by Shiyuan Xi – one of the Artists-In-Residence at Lillsreet. Loving how they catch light and cast shadows all at the same time! Currently on display in the Lillstreet Gallery Annex on the second floor!

Categories: sculpture, summer camp

The kids are scrambling and putting the final touches on their Sculpture Art Gallery Show… just about an hour away from the Opening Reception from 3:00-3:30pm at Lillstreet… today only! C’mon by…

Categories: lillstreet, sculpture, summer camp

This week my little Summer Campers have been working hard building large sculptures… photos to come! Tomorrow we finish painting them in the morning and set-up a gallery show for the afternoon. If you’re around town and looking for a fun art experience… c’mon by for the kid’s Sculpture Art Gallery Show at Lillstreet from 3:00-3:30pm in the Kid’s Rooms!

Categories: sculpture

At the end of the show yesterday, I had a chance to see some of the Sculpture Garden here at the Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg. Seemed only fitting for the end of a beautiful day at the art fair!!! I’ve been doing this art fair several years… and finally noticed the Sculpture Park here?! Who knew.

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Categories: artists, sculpture

Okay, so I’ve seen the big spoon sculpture for years!
I’ve been aware of Claes Oldenburg and his amazing oversized sculptures of everyday objects since art history classes in college! And I’ve been in Minneapolis so many times… but have never stopped by to see the real thing!!! Until today!!!

So cool. So big. Great fun to finally see it… plus we had the best weather ever!!!

Even the staircase is cool…

And another kinetic sculpture by Mark di Suvero…
we have a couple of his sculptural pieces in Chicago as well along the Lakefront…

There’s also a piece by an old friend of mine, I knew back in the day when he was just getting started back in Chicago, Theaster Gates. Okay, so he’s a BIG deal now… and I’m sure I’m nothing but a faint memory… but it was cool to see his piece here in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

A fun “detour” on our NCECA Gallery Tour Day!!!… more art, just not pots?!!!

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