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

Gary Jackson:  Fire When Ready Pottery
4401 North Ravenswood, Studio 205 West
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 307-8664

gary@firewhenreadypottery.com

www.firewhenreadypottery.com

www.facebook.com/firewhenreadypottery


Education
Bachelor of Science in Art, concentration in Visual Communications
Illinois State University, Normal, IL : May 1985
Internship in Design: The University Museums, Illinois State University

Ceramic Work Experience
Ceramic Artist – Fire When Ready Pottery, Chicago, IL : 2001-present
Established personal pottery business of functional stoneware ceramics.
Features soda fired pottery, as well as traditional glazed stoneware.
Display work at art fairs, retail stores and studio for public sales.

Ceramics Instructor – Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
Instructor – Adult Beginning/Advanced Beginning Wheelthrowing : 2004-present
Instructor – Adult Beginning Soda Firing : 2008
Instructor – Kidstreet Children’s Classes & Summer Camps : 2005-present
Instructor – Adult Casual Fridays – Introduction to Handbuilding : Spring & Summer 2004
Teacher’s Assistant – Adult Beginning Wheelthrowing : 2001-2004

Ceramics Instructor – Terra Incognito, Oak Park, IL : Summer 2005 & 2006
Ceramic classes for teens  in wheelthrowing & handbuilding.

Ceramics Instructor – Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL : Spring 2005
Ceramic workshops for teachers, parents & students in wheelthrowing & handbuilding.

Ceramics Instructor – Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, Chicago, IL : Spring 2005
Ceramic programs for kids and adults in wheelthrowing & handbuilding.

Ceramics Instructor – Academy of Communication & Technology
Charter School, Chicago, IL : 2005
Afterschool program for wheelthrowing & handbuilding ceramic projects.

Studio Technician – Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : 1999-2005
Responsible for general studio projects, basic maintenance and kiln loadings.
Built new soda kiln at new art center location : September 2003
Created a comprehensive glaze wall chart for classrooms : Fall 2003
Workshop assistant for ceramic artist Julia Galloway : February 2004

Corporate Work Experience
National Advertising Manager – xpedx Stores Division, Chicago, IL : 1996-2002
Advertising & Marketing Manager – ResourceNet International, Chicago, IL : 1991-1996
Advertising Supervisor – Arvey Paper & Office Products, Chicago, IL : 1990-1991
Senior Graphic Designer – Arvey Paper & Office Products, Chicago, IL : 1988-1990
Graphic Artist – Arvey Paper & Office Products, Chicago, IL : 1985-1988

Ceramic Publications
“500 Cups” – published by Lark Books : Spring 2005, page 265
“500 Pitchers” – published by Lark Books : Spring 2006, page 357
“500 Tiles” – published by Lark Books: Spring 2008, pages 219 & 240

Photography Publications
“Capture My Chicago” – published by Pediment Publishing, in conjunction with CBS2
Winter 2009, pages 68 & 24

Ceramic Workshops & Seminars
Julia Galloway Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : February 2012
Cory McCrory Workshop, Terra Incognito, LaGrange, IL : January 2009
Michael Wisner Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : November 2004
Michael Corney Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : November 2004
NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Indianapolis, IN : March 2004
Julia Galloway Workshop, artist’s assistant, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : February 2004
Brush Making Workshop with Dolores Fortuna, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : April 2003
Allegheny Meadows Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : March 2003
Sam Clarkson Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : March 2003
Josh DeWeese Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : October 2002
Soda Glazing with Gail Nichols, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN : March 2002
Eric Jensen Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : November 2000
Julia Galloway Workshop, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL : March 1999

Shows, Art Fairs & Events

2013 Shows
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – Hinsdale, IL – Honorable Mention
August: Evanston Lakeshore Fine Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL – Best Of Ceramics & Top 10 Seller
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: “My SECOND Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL

2012 Shows
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
               -  Artist Merit Award & Special Sponsor Purchase Award
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL – Honorable Mention
August: Evanston Lakeshore Fine Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL – Top Ten Seller
October: Art Detour, Lake Tomohawk, WI
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” : A Collaborative Holiday Home Show, Chicago, IL

2011
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL – Best Of Ceramics & Top 10 Seller
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” Collaborative Holiday Show, Chicago, IL

2010
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL – Honorable Mention
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” Collaborative Holiday Show, Chicago, IL

2009
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” Collaborative Holiday Show, Chicago, IL

2008
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL – Top 10 Seller Award
October: “Collective Conversations In Clay” at Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: Holiday Opening at Center Street Clay, Sandwich, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” Collaborative Holiday Show, Chicago, IL

2007
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL – Honorable Mention
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL – Top 10 Seller Award
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” Collaborative Holiday Show, Chicago, IL

2006
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL
August: Lillstreet Faculty Exhibition, Chicago, IL
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL
December: “Mud & Metal” Collaborative Holiday Show, Chicago, IL

2005
March: Uncommon Mugs At Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
May: Schaumburg Prairie Fine Arts Festival, Schaumburg, IL
June: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL
July: Wilmette Festival of Fine Arts, Wilmette, IL
August: Lillstreet Faculty Exhibition, Chicago, IL
August: Artistic Bits Gallery & Art Center, East Dundee, IL – “Contemporary Trends”
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
September: Artistic Bits Gallery & Art Center, East Dundee, IL – “Images & Echoes”
September: Art In The Barn, Barrington, IL
November: Elmhurst Holiday Faire, Elmhurst, IL
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL

2004
May-July: Gross Park Sculpture Invitational, Chicago, IL
August: Lillstreet Faculty Exhibition, Chicago, IL
August: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, Evanston, IL
November: “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show, Chicago, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL

2004
May-July: Gross Park Sculpture Invitational, Chicago, IL
June: Fox RiverFest Fine Art Fair, St. Charles, IL
November: Christmas In The Country Arts & Crafts Fair, Sandwich, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL

2003
May-July: Gross Park Sculpture Invitational, Chicago, IL
November: Christmas In The Country Arts & Crafts Fair, Sandwich, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL

2002
November: Christmas In The Country Arts & Crafts Fair, Sandwich, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL

2001
November: Christmas In The Country Arts & Crafts Fair, Sandwich, IL
December: Moon & Star Holiday Open House, Sandwich, IL
Professional Associations
Lillstreet Studios
Potters Council
Illinois Artisan Program
Chicago Artists’ Coalition

Volunteer Work
John B. Murphy School Tutor Program : 1992-2002
Sponsored by xpedx Stores Division in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools.
First & second grade reading & writing tutor.

Pedal For Power Across America : Spring 1992
Pedaled bicycle from Los Angeles to Boston; biking across 13 states in 47 days.
Raised over $7,500 for the Chicago Lung Association & League of American Wheelmen.