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

Considering I just threw these pots last Sunday… I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised that I might be taking the proverbial¬† “warm” pots to the art fair tomorrow. Two sizes of terra cotta flower pots fresh from the kiln… straight into a crate in my car and headed to Schaumburg in a few hours!!!


Categories: process, production, terra cotta

Quick production… fast turn-around… trimming and trying to get them done quick!!!
These flower pots need to get in a kiln quick so they’re ready to go to the
Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival this coming weekend!!!


Categories: process, production, terra cotta

Just trying to squeeze in one last batch of work. Terra cotta flower pots that I “hope” will be done in time for the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival next weekend. Plenty of time… ha!!!

Categories: clay, terra cotta

I had sort of ” forgotten” how dirty, gooey & gloppy throwing with terra cotta can be!


Categories: terra cotta, totem pole

My friend Claire works with a great group at a local Montessori School. Her students decided to build a totem pole for their auction project. Claire saw one of the totem poles my Summer Camp kids made a few years back… so she’s been using my blog as a reference for her totem pole project. I can’t wait to see the final results by the students at the Montessori School of Lake Forest, Adolescent Program. Their slab-built sections look great so far… even better when they’re glazed, fired and stacked!!!

Slab-built terra cotta sections… rolled into a hollow cylinder with a slab base. Each section will eventually be stacked into the finished totem pole.

To see more about my own totem pole adventures, click on the “totem pole” category in the column to the right.

Categories: art fair, terra cotta, tiles

A beautiful morning to kick-off Day Two of ART IN THE BARN. So fun to be greeted by this smiling face when I arrived to replenish & restock the shelves. Come quick though… there’s only four Jack-o-Lanterns left!!!

Categories: art fair, terra cotta

The latest additions to “The Ghouls Collection” have infested my booth.
This year we have Black Widow Spiders and more pumpkins in new colors & shapes.
Limited quantities going fast… c’mon by ART IN THE BARN to snatch ‘em up!!!

Categories: art fair, glaze, process, production, terra cotta

Looks like these little critters are making their way into the kiln… and then into my booth at ART IN THE BARN. The latest addition to “The Ghouls Collection” will be infesting Barrington early Saturday morning! Sure, they might still be warm from the kiln, but at least they’re almost done… and just in time!

Categories: art fair, production, terra cotta

The first peek at the “official” ghoul being added to “The Ghouls Collection”
this weekend at ART IN THE BARN. They’re a Limited Edition every year…
so stop by early Saturday morning in Barrington.



Categories: glaze, terra cotta

The pumpkins are green with envy… glazed with a low-fire clear and headed into the kiln. Still working on the other new addition to “The Ghouls Collection.”