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

Come join us this weekend in Barrington as we fill the original farm buildings of Quaker Oats for my biggest art fair of the year!!! ART IN THE BARN is a great kick-off to the Fall season… and I’m celebrating once again with a double booth space!!! Twice as much space with twice as much pottery. Lower Barn E4 & E6. This art fair is also a fundraiser for the hospital, so a portion of all sales gets donated. This way you can support your favorite artist and the hospital at the same time!!!

Click here for more information on the ART IN THE BARN website.
Including a list of all the artists, activities and fun for the family.



Categories: glaze, porcelain, process, stamped

Here’s a sad example of what can happen when you’re rushing work & sleep-deprived at the same time. Keep in mind there’s always a chance you may “forget” to dip the bottom half in the glaze bucket before putting it in the kiln. And here I thought it was so easy wiping the glaze off the bottom foot ring… now I know why. Dang. Would’ve been nice, right???

Anyone else have a good “sleep-deprived” pottery story to share?!


Categories: glaze, kiln firing, mugs, porcelain

Happy Mugshot Monday… as I’m pulling some warm porcelain mugs out of my cone six glaze firing. Loving the new colors. Can’t wait to show them off this weekend!!!



Categories: bowls, glaze, kiln firing, stamped

Just unloaded my “last minute” cone six glaze firing. Very excited about my new blue glaze that will be making its big debut at ART IN THE BARN this weekend!!! Limited quantities though… since this was the first time I’ve used this glaze! There will definitely be more…


Categories: kiln firing, pottery, soda-fired

Early morning peek into the soda kiln. Looks good so far. Took out the top rows of brick to help with cooling. Unloading this evening… with everything heading to ART IN THE BARN this weekend in Barrington.

Categories: inspiration, special events

So I opened my mailbox today… and found the latest issue of Ceramics Monthly.
I knew it was coming, I’ve already received my “sneak preview” issues, but it’s still fun to see the actual magazine arriving in my mail. And knowing that the same issue is arriving in mailboxes all around the world!!! That my little “Tips And Tools” segment is being read by potters everywhere!!! So exciting.

And while I would highly recommend that everyone subscribe to this fine magazine… you can still read my article even if you don’t. It’s the “Tips and Tools” segment on page 100. They contacted me and asked if I would be interested in writing about my power-drilled berry bowls. And of course I said “YES”!!!

Originally published in October 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly, page 100. . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society.
Reprinted with permission.



Categories: kiln firing

All of my soda mixture has been put into the kiln… and Cone 10 is almost down. So much fun playing with fire. Watching the warm glow & shooting flames as you pull the peeps to peek inside. A long day of firing coming to an end soon. Hoping for beautiful treasures inside.

Categories: art fair, production, terra cotta

Well, ART IN THE BARN is just one week from today.
So I guess today might be as good a time as any to start making more pumpkins and maybe a new “ghoul” to add to the collection.

Who me?… procrastinate much?!!!

Categories: glaze, porcelain, process, production

For me, kiln firing days are always filled with studio cleaning & projects… or in my case today, glazing another whole kiln full for a cone six firing tomorrow! Pots are waxed & drying… let the glaze dipping commence!

Green wax you may ask?… nope. Not really. It comes as a clear wax which is always a little tough to see when you wax your pots. But add a few drops of food coloring and it will be a LOT easier to see!!!


Categories: kiln firing, process, production

It was late last night when I finished loading the soda kiln. It’s packed with a LOT of pots!!! Firing is already underway today. Lots of new work headed to ART IN THE BARN next weekend in Barrington!!!