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




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!!!




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.


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?!!!


Categories: Chicago, sculpture

Beautiful relief sculptures on the sides of the drawbridge houses on Michigan Avenue where it crosses the Chicago River.


Categories: classes, sculpture, vases

My LILLSTREET THROWDOWN students are amazing…
as they embrace each challenge so fully & creatively.

Many of them were working on their challenge pieces Tuesday night while I was teaching my Beginning Wheelthrowing class. I resisted the urge to go see what they were doing… and trust me it was HARD!!! I kept hearing laughter, discussion and “reports” for other students about how cool their projects were… and how well they were all coming along. I SO wanted to go back to see them… but felt better to wait to see them at The Big Reveal in class Wednesday night.

Luckily, they’re also good photographers… so they took pictures for me… but Jon didn’t share them with me until AFTER class Wednesday night. Yes, they do love playing games too!

Here’s Jon working hard on his piece using the pile of tubes you’ve already seen.


Scoring… slipping… attaching…    and most of them are NOT handbuilders!!!

Donna was the only “handbuilder” coming into the class…
so she’s obviously enjoying this challenge!

While Ryan found the challenge to be a bit more prickly… making thorns with thick slip!

Claire on the other hand had great plans… and many choices to make along the way…

Not feeling so confident about the lid she’s adding to the tulipere…

Susan doing some finishing touches on her coiled pot.



Patti adding some last minute carvings to texture the tube of her tulipiere.

And if that weren’t enough... slip dots on the white tubes…


And Teresa was happy to be finishing her piece just in time for class!


Categories: architecture, sculpture, travel

Part of the fun of traveling abroad and letting yourself explore past the major tourist attractions is turning a corner and finding little gems like this. Go out…. explore… find the hidden treasures!