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

When I left my place, the streets were clear & dry. By the time I made it to the lakefront there were flurries. And by the time I was downtown… a full layer of snow. Guess that’s what the call “lake effect snow”??? Pedal slow. Try not to slide. Try not to freeze.

Categories: art fair, holiday

HUGE THANKS to everyone who made it to my place this past weekend for My Holiday Home Show! So much fun seeing everyone kicking off the holiday shopping season… and watching so many pots go off to find their new forever homes!

And for those who may have missed it…  I’m going to do it again in mid-December.
Mark your calendars for December 15th & 16thmore details to come!


Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

The first person to “find” this specific mug at the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW today
will win it for FREE!!! No catches… except you must mention you saw this contest on social media!!! First come, first find… first WIN!!!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A fleet of stamped & soda-fired mugs at the ready to serve warm apple cider to everyone who makes it to the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW today. We’re open & ready for Day Two from 10:00am-6:00pm!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Kickin’ off Day Two of the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW with a little pre-show bike ride. Not much of a sunrise… just LOTS of clouds and a few flurries. Luckily there was a little glimmer of holiday cheer with some red & green lights in the harbor.


Categories: art fair, platters

Still putting out more pots… in this case plates & platters…
on the shelves all over my condo!!! There are already pots overflowing the shelves in every room… including over a hundred mugs… but I just keep squeezing in MORE!!! Like this box of plates & platters that needs to find a place… somewhere?!!!

HOLIDAY HOME SHOW… now less than 12 hours away! YIKES!


Categories: art fair, pottery, special events

Just putting the final touches on my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW
err, well who are we fooling???
… I’m scrambling frantically still putting everything together. Setting up displays, placing pots, hanging ornaments, hanging wall pieces, and putting out even more pottery in EVERY room!!! Still LOTS to do… but I’m looking forward to an amazing weekend to kick-off the holiday shopping season! C’mon by!!!

1353 West Rosemont #3, Chicago, Illinois 60660

Categories: architecture

I know it’s been “awhile” since I’ve been in school, but I went to my niece Taylor’s junior high school musical last night… and was oddly transfixed by these little goodies on the wall. Groovy industrial retro vibe!!!

Categories: movies, music, special events

Sure, I know I “should” be home setting up for tomorrow’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW.

But how could I be expected to miss the midnight show at The Music Box Theater.
Especially when it’s a sing-along interactive version of “Little Shop Of Horrors”?!!!

Categories: classes, creativity, food

For this Tuesday’s potluck, one of my new students pulled out ALL the stops!!! And made homemade OREO’s in four flavors… almond, raspberry, lemon and chocolate mint. And oh, but wait there’s more… she also STAMPED the cookies with a symbol to show which flavor was which… and made a “legend” too! AMAZING!!! Jen sure rocked this potluck… and her way into my heart… and stomach!