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

Here’s a great how-to video of Jennifer McCurdy playing with her porcelain and making it do things you won’t believe. Amazing carving, nice use of a “scrubbie” and a great upside-down trick that is just gravity-defying!!!

Click here to see the Jennifer McCurdy video on YouTube.

Categories: artists, movies

Remembering Debbie Reynolds with one of the best movie musical moments ever captured on film! She will be missed. This is not a “good morning, good morning to you, and you, and you, and you.”

Click here for the “Singing In The Rain” video slip on YouTube.

And let us not forget about her amazing stint as Grace’s Mom on “Will & Grace”.
Click here for a quick reminder of her brillianceand Karen’s too!

Her passing made even more sad & emotional as she leaves us just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. Following her passing, Reynolds’s son, Todd Fisher, told Variety, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”


Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

So nice to have the holidays over. All the planning, shopping, decorating.
Done. Done. And DONE.

Now for the “chore” of getting everything back to normal.
And this morning was one sunrise in the right direction!!!


Categories: movies

2016 has been quite the year for losing celebrities. And after an on-flight heart attack, we have lost another screen legend in Carrie Fisher. Best know for her portrayal of Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher was a well-versed actress and author. Another talent gone too soon.

Click here for Carrie Fisher’s “Five Best On-Screen Moments” according to US Weekly.
Although I do think they missed another screen gem in “Soapdish.”

Categories: Uncategorized

Another Christmas gift returned… Sad news of George Michael’s passing. From one of the few who can claim that they saw “WHAM” live at Poplar Creek in the 80’s!!!

Click here for the official video of “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” on YouTube.

But then he put away the flash & neon of The Eighties… and really proved he could sing!
Despite his personal demons, addictions and legal entanglements, he became an amazing songwriter & artist. He leaves behind quite the legacy. He will be missed. His voice silenced.

Click here for the official video for “Careless Whisper” on YouTube.







Categories: food, soda-fired, stamped, Taylor

A “sweet” collaboration to finish off our festivities last night. My niece Taylor’s decorated sugar cookies on one of my stamped & soda-fired platters!

Categories: food, holiday, stamped

Sure, the presents have been sweet. Time with family… sweet.
Games. Toys. Stories… sweet, sweet, sweet. But I’ve always been one to push it one step further… so it’s time for dessert!!! And the SWEETest part of the day!!! Homemade chocolate cheesecake to polish off the holiday meal. Please sir, I want some MORE!!!

Categories: holiday

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you’re spending some quality time with friends & family this weekend. Sharing gifts, stories and laughs. Singing carols, playing games and eating sweets. Taking some time to relax and enjoy the season.

Categories: holiday

Christmas Eve fun playing with Christmas light abstractions.
Kinda makes you feel like you’re in the United Terminal at O’Hare, right?!

Categories: holiday

Enough said… you know the rest of the story.
So let the holidays begin!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!