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

Registration is open for the Summer session of classes at Lillstreet Art Center.
I will once again be teaching my Tuesday night class for Beginning & Advanced Beginning Wheelthrowing. It’s a 10-week class for Beginners of all levels starting on June 23rd. I customize our syllabus every session based on who signs up and what they want to learn. I’ll show ‘em pretty much anything!!! There are only 18 spots for 18 students at the 18 wheels in my classroom… sign-up soon before you end up on the Waiting List.

Plus, if you sign-up and pay before June 1st you’ll get a $20 discount!!!
Stop by Lillstreet today, call or click here for online registration.

Categories: food

Tonight in class we had another sweet treat.
The newest flavor of Oreo’s. Oddly yummy, but needs to be DoubleStuffed to get enough cotton candy flavor. Of course that didn’t stop any of us…

Categories: artists, classes, mugs

C’mon now… Look at the cutest little cup ever!
One of students has been making a lot of these precious mini-cups.
They’re adorable. Way to go Megan!!!

Categories: bowls, kiln firing, soda-fired

My kiln was a bit too hot to unload when I got to the studio last night.
Then I got “distracted” trying to make some new terra cotta planters for this weekend’s art fair in Schaumburg. Sixteen planters later… and it was now much later than I had intended. It was a VERY late night of unloading, packing, shelf scraping, kiln washing and cleaning… too late for sharing photos!!! But there will be more… trust me.

Categories: glaze, kiln firing, vases

My kiln is still a little too warm to unload…
so I took off a couple layers of bricks to speed it up.
And look what I found front & center?… a nice new stamped vase!!!
Hope there’s more beautiful things inside later tonight!!!

Categories: nature, seasons

…and is dropping things all over my car!!!
I guess these would be the REAL Car Keys?!!!                      get it?…

Those little maple tree, flying helicopter seed pods are actually called KEYS.
On my car. Got it? Good. See?… and you just learned something new, right?!

Categories: sunrise
Categories: bike, flowers, nature, sunrise

With a lot of clouds in the morning sky, it was a question of whether the sun would make it through or not. Luckily, it found a small window of opportunity. And we got a nice sunrise… before it disappeared again for the rest of the day.

Towards the end of the sunrise, I found another beautiful crab apple tree…
made a nice silhouette photos, as well as some beautiful floral shots with a nice morning glow.


Categories: art fair

Okay, so I’m running late… I get it…
Luckily my new art fair postcards arrived with the aid of some RUSH charges.
So today while I’m “trapped” and firing my soda kiln all day, it’s the perfect chance to add stamps and address labels. About half of them made it into this morning’s mail… the rest will need to wait until Monday’s mail.

And for those who can’t wait for their postcard… and just want some dates…

Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, May 24th, 2015 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center
201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg, Illinois

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, June 14th, 2015 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Burlington Park on Chicago Avenue between Washington & Garfield Streets
in Hinsdale, Illinois

Evanston Lakeshore Fine Arts Festival
Saturday, August 1st, 2015 – 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 – 11:00am-6:00pm
Along Lake Michigan’s shores at Dawes Park on Sheridan Road at Clark Street
in Evanston, Illinois

Art In The Garden : A Grassroots Art Fair
Saturday, September 12, 2015 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, September 13th, 2015 – 10:00am-5:00pm
1205 Hutchings Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025
One block west of Waukegan Road, between Lake Street and Glenview Road.
It’s a special weekend to play with some of My Talented Friends!!!
We’re at the home of metalsmith Amy Taylor, with our other artist friends…
including paper clay artist Cory McCrory, glass bead jeweler Donna Sauers,
stained glass by Alison Fox and paintings & sculptures by Martin Chadwick.

Okay, at this point it’s pretty much Fall… but here’s a few more shows…

Art In The Barn
Saturday, September 26th, 2014 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, September 27th, 2014 – 10:00am-5:00pm
Located on the grounds (and in the barns) of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
on Route 22 in Barrington, Illinois – Lower Barn E4 & E6
NOTE : ART IN THE BARN dates on the printed postcard are incorrect… oops!!!

“My Home For The Holidays” Home Show
Saturday, November 21st, 2015 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 – 10:00am-6:00pm
Contact me for invitations & complete address information…

Categories: kiln firing, process

After just a couple hours of sleep…
my kiln is all closed up, burners on and warming up quickly!