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

Gotta LOVE these four letters!!!…
always comes with a small sigh of relief!!!

Categories: nature

Driving home late from the studio, and struck by the way the street light was illuminating the yellow leaves on this tree!

Categories: kiln firing, process, production

My most recent bisque kiln layer by layer… getting ready to start glazing for my next soda kiln which is just two weeks away! Yikes!!! Not my tightest packing ever… but I needed to move things along as I’m still making more pieces for the next bisque!

Bisque Kiln Layer #1 –

Bisque Kiln Layer #2 –

Bisque Kiln Layer #3 –

Bisque Kiln Layer #4 –

Categories: process, production, stamped, stamps, vases

Making some mini vases in the studio today…
and of course, mini vases need mini stamps, right?!

Categories: food, friends, holiday

Just two of the special treats we made last Sunday at MAURIE’S SUGAR SHOPPE for their “Monster Mash” even this Thursday night! So much fun playing with candy making festive treats… could be part of my new “edible” Ghouls Collection? Ha!!! Thanks to Keith & Julie for giving me a Golden Ticket to get into the candy factory!!!

Categories: food, friends, holiday

A special event like Maurie’s “MONSTER MASH” requires special treats, right?! So on Sunday we got together in the candy shop to make some Halloween magic! You know I love making my own Ghouls Collection… but this is the first time I got to make them with chocolates, marshmallows & candies!… FRANKENPOPS!!!

If you’re anywhere near Eureka, Illinois this Thursday night from 5:00-8:00pm, be sure to swing by MAURIE’S SUGAR SHOPPE for some special Halloween Treats… and the BEST caramel apples anywhere!!!

Categories: food, holiday

Yummy sweets just in time for Halloween at MAURIE’S SUGAR SHOPPE in Eureka! Just a few of the yummies we made for their “Monster Mash” event this Thursday night in Eureka!!! Sure they’ve always got homemade fudge, caramel apples, cotton candy, slushies, vintage candies & caramel corn… but for Thursday night they’ll also have popcorn balls, cake pops & more festive surprises!!!

Categories: food, friends

My friends Keith & Julie are now running a fun candy shop in Eureka, Illinois… and I felt like I had found a Golden Ticket when I got to play in the kitchen with them all day making sweet treats on Sunday!!! Imagine ME in a candy store surrounded with sweets, marshmallows and a never-ending swirl of tempered chocolate!!!

MAURIE’S SUGAR SHOPPE was a longtime favorite in Pekin, Illinois. Sadly that location closed years ago, and now the tradition has been brought back… this time in Eureka, Illinois! Same recipes, yummy treats, updated goodies… and the BEST caramel apples anywhere!!!

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Categories: nature, seasons

On Sunday I went for a little drive… knowing that the Fall colors will be leaving soon! A simple road trip through Central Illinois to see the sights, visit with friends & to create some sweet Halloween treats!

Categories: nature, photography, sunrise

What a difference a little “focus” can make!