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

So I just got my schedule for Summer Camp 2019 at Lillstreet Art Center.
Excited that we’ve confirmed schedules as it makes me feel like Summer may not be all that far away?! Also excited that two of my favorite Summer Campers are already checking the camp schedules to see which ones they’re going to take this summer… over a cup of tea… tea for two!!!

JUNE 17th-21th – Wheelthrowing – 9:00am-1:00pm

JULY 8th-12th – Sculptures Big to Small – 9:00am-3:30pm

JULY 15th-19th – Chess Camp – 9:00am-3:30pm

AUGUST 5th-9th – Fire, Forge & Feast – 9:00am-3:30pm

AUGUST 12th-16th – Sculptures Big to Small – 9:00am-3:30pm

AUGUST 19th-23rd – Wheelthrowing – 9:00am-1:00pm

Click on the link here for more information & registration.

Categories: seasons, summer camp

As the snow continued to fall all day today…
it’s somewhat “encouraging” to know that some people are already planning Summer Camps for their kids!!!

I know I for one can’t wait to get back to Summer… and  SUMMER CAMP at Lillstreet!!!

Categories: inspiration, mugs, summer camp

One of the cutest cups I’ve seen in awhile…
warm fuzzies thanks to another adorable Summer Camper!!!

Categories: summer camp, wheelthrowing

We’re just three days in, and my new batch of Summer Campers are well on their way. We’ve already centered, thrown, trimmed, stamped, slip painted & decorated a LOT of stoneware pots. All labeled and drying for a quick overnight firing so we can glaze them all on Friday! Things move fast around here during Summer Camp!!!


Categories: summer camp, wheelthrowing

Looks like one of my Summer Campers didn’t quite get the memo…
that the clay is supposed to become a pot, and NOT fill the splash pan?!!!
At least Olivia is having some good goopey, sloppy fun!!!


Categories: stamps, summer camp

Yesterday was the last day of Wheelthrowing Camp. Some kids finished decorating & glazing earlier than others. I offered to let them handbuild with terra cotta for awhile… and for the first time EVER, one of them asked if I could show them how to make their own stamps!!! What?… of course I can. Potential prodigy?

Categories: animals, summer camp

Kathryn’s adorable cat cup in the works! Ya’ gotta love Summer Camp creativity!


Categories: summer camp, wheelthrowing

Yesterday was “hump day” at Summer Camp as my kids finished their first batch of stoneware pots in Wheelthrowing Camp. A lot of fun new pieces in all different shapes, sizes, colors… and a few animal faces!!!

Categories: stamped, stamps, summer camp

It’s another week of Summer Camp and my wheelthrowers are working hard on their new pots. It’s so much fun to see them working so intently as they decorate their pieces… some with stamps (go figure) and colored slip accents!

Categories: summer camp, terra cotta

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s Summer Camp… we’re doing “Fire, Forge & Feast.” Where the kids are designing & producing their own thematic placesettings in clay & metal. These are a few of our combo utensil samples shown to inspire the kids!