Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: soda-fired, stamped, textures

A collection of new soda-fired “textured wall blocks.”
Smaller than you may think… and sold individually so you can create your own groupings!
Still a good selection for those who swing by for Day Two of the Holiday Home Show.

Another view from the side. And yes, my living room walls are indeed very orange!

Categories: flowers, holiday

And who says holiday poinsettias need to be red?
Not me… and not my decked out fireplace mantle.

Categories: art fair, holiday, pottery

It may have been the “first snow of the season”…
but we were nice & toasty at my place for Day One of the Holiday Home Show.
Special thanks to everyone who braved the elements and came out today.
Remember we do it again tomorrow from 10:00am-6:00pm.
Be sure to stop by for some holiday cheer!!!

Categories: art fair, weather

Well, the “big overnight snowstorm” didn’t leave much snow in my neck of the woods.
No snow on the streets. Whoo-hoo!!! Just a little frosting of snow to make it the perfect day
to kick-off your holiday shopping at my Holiday Home Show!!!

1353 West Rosemont #3, Chicago IL 60660
Today & tomorrow from 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: art fair, pottery

We’re just 24 hours from the start of my Holiday Home Show…
and I still have a LOT of projects & setting up to do. Pottery in every room of my condo.
My biggest show of the year!!! Swing by Saturday or Sunday from 10:00am-6:00pm.

1353 West Rosemont #3, Chicago IL 60660.
I’m in the Edgewater neighborhood between Clark & Broadway two blocks south of Devon.
It’s the one with the green ceramic totem pole out front.

Categories: tiles

Early morning gluing of tiles to make a few new ClayQuilts
for this weekend’s Holiday Home Show. Squeeze, squish, align, dry. Repeat.

Categories: bike, sunrise

Not a cloud in the sky. Crisp & clear for a quick morning bike ride…
then back to Home Show set-up!!!

Categories: art fair, holiday, pottery

Always the weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 21st & Sunday, November 22nd – 10:00am-6:00pm

Still trying to finish things up… cleaning, sorting, pricing, staining, gluing, building shelves, and carrying all of my pottery up three flights of stairs. All for this weekend’s Holiday Home Show with pottery in every room of my condo AND the back porch too! If you’re in the Chicago area this weekend, feel free to stop by to kick-off your holiday shopping! Or just to say “Hi” and to enjoy the apple cider & comfort of my couch?!

Categories: bike, sunrise

A dark & uneventful start to the morning…

The wind was blowing fast this morning, but the sunrise was slow.
Just s few clouds early on building to a grand crescendo.

Layers of silhouetted clouds on the golden sky.
Followed by beautiful sunbeams streaming through.

Categories: kiln firing, masks, soda-fired

Two wall masks “snuck” their way into my soda kiln. They were a last minute RUSH project. Pushing my luck by making them fresh last Tuesday night before class. And then putting them right into a bisque at the end of that same class!!! More than a little damp still, but they survived. Glazed them and loaded them Friday. Soda-fired Saturday. Out of the kiln Monday night – less than a week from start to finish!!! Whew… and not suggested. Here’s a quick glimpse of them “before” as they were loaded into the soda kiln, and then “after” the soda firing. Just in time for the Holiday Home Show this weekend.