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

I guess we can’t complain… we made it to the fourth of December before we got any snow. It was pretty coming down. I’m just not sure I’m ready for the next few months of this white stuff. When does summer start again?

Categories: garden, nature

The last of the golden hostas in my backyard.
Great colors & textures to be covered with today’s predicted snowfall.

Categories: artists, glaze, pottery

Today at the “One Of A Kind Show” I met a potter from Denver, Colorado. It was my friend Sarah who noticed his work first and then sent me over to check out his pottery a little closer. She was “intrigued” by his lidded boxes. When I went over to “investigate” I met Peter Karner and admired his work. His functional pieces are well-made and beautifully glazed. His surface decoration is created primarily with a wax resist over a base shino glaze, then a second layer of a colored glaze. It’s the wonderful interaction of the two glazes that works so beautifully on his pieces. Melting, blending, “halo” effects and carbon trapping to create beautiful “one of a kind” finishes.

Click here to see more from Peter Karner Pottery.

But it was these wonderful little boxes that caught Sarah’s eye…




Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends

Spent the day with “My Talented Friend” Sarah Chapman at the One Of A Kind Show today. Such beautiful pieces. Wonderful designs. Fun shadows. And Sarah is pretty darn sweet too! Stop by tomorrow to see Sarah, fondle her jewelry and maybe take home a piece or two! Booth #2118 on the seventh floor of the Merchandise Mart.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, visit Sarah’s website by clicking here.

Categories: art fair, friends, My Talented Friends

Now that we’re into December and thinking about holiday gift giving, it’s time to mark your calendar for next Saturday. It’s another Holiday Home Show with my friend & guest artist Amy Taylor joining me for the day. Looks like it’s pottery and jewelry for everyone on your holiday gift list!



Categories: ornaments

Had a little extra time during the Lillstreet Holiday Opening to add some wires to another batch of ornaments. More ornaments finished off just in time for next Saturday’s “MUD & METAL” Holiday Home Show!



Categories: nature

Japanese red maple against a background of golden fall hostas.
Love the deep colors, textures & natural patterns.

Categories: Chicago, holiday

Taking the “plunge” at Winter WonderFest Opening Night Party on Navy Pier.
A winter wonderland of fun open now through the first week of January!


Categories: family, holiday

It’s the first day of December…. and the first ornament on my Advent Calendar.
It’s a felt calendar that my Grandma made for me years ago. Everyone in my family has one of these “heirlooms” from my Grandma. For YEARS we all thought she had created them by herself. It wasn’t until a few years ago that someone came to my Home Show and said “I have the same calendar.” To which I was shocked… and confused… until we discussed it a bit and we realized that it was actually a kit. And NOT an original craft project by my Grandmother?! Still… it goes up every year and kicks off the start of December… and the holiday season!

Categories: art fair

Mark you calendars and make your holiday shopping lists!!!
We’ve got another Holiday Home Show coming up. This time with my friend
and talented metalsmith Amy Taylor. More details to come!