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

We just passed One Thousand Followers on INSTAGRAM!!! Don’t forget, quick eye-candy right to your Instagram Feed if you decide to join in on the fun! Just search #firewhenreadypottery on Instagram… and then click Follow!!! Here’s to the next thousand…. and huge thanks to those first thousand for playing along!!!

Categories: blogs

So excited to once again make the list!!!
After three years in the Number One position, I fell slightly to Number Two this year. Still not too shabby considering I squeezed in a lot of fun this past summer… art fairs, summer camps, triathlons, sunrises and a full IRONMAN… and still came in at Number Two!!! Yeah me!!!

Thanks to POTTERY MAKING INFO for following the clay blogs all year long. And for sharing our stories to a wider audience on a monthly basis. So many great potters out there sharing a LOT of information, anecdotes & stories.

Click here to see the full list of those who made the Top Pottery Blogs of 2016.

Beating me out this year, Carole Epps and her “Musing About Mud” blog.
An amazing amount of ceramic content & images. She invites people to submit content to her blog so there’s a wide range of photos, videos, Call For Entries, and ceramic work from all over the world. Huge congrats to Carole… and thanks for sharing SO many beautiful things!

Don’t forget that it’s not JUST about blogging.
Sure, the blog might have a lot more content & stories. But you can always get your “fix” on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube as well. Just do a “Search” for Fire When Ready Pottery. You can pretty much “find” me anywhere… and then you can “Follow” me anywhere.





Categories: blogs, photography

A huge thanks to all of my INSTAGRAM Followers!!!
Here’s a quick recap of 2016 with my Best Nine Instagram Posts.
After 978 posts in 2016, and over twenty-seven thousand Likes,
these were the Top Nine that got the most Likes on INSTAGRAM.

My goal for 2017?…
To double all of those numbers on INSTAGRAM.
So if you’re not following me yet, please do!!! @firewhenreadypottery
Then Like and Share as much as you can… or want to?!

And here’s to a lot more photos, videos & posts on Instagram in 2017

Categories: blogs, clay, special events

Well, look who’s the Featured Artist for October on the website… ME!!!

So excited to invited by the Aftosa Team to be featured this month.
I’ve been purchasing ceramic tools & supplies from them for years.
Check them out at





Categories: blogs, photography

It was a beautiful day to play outside… gorgeous weather, beautiful sights. And a couple shots from my INSTAGRAM. Be sure to follow me @firewhenreadypottery. Although I will admit that I’m not so good with the “insta” part… I’m much better with the LATERGRAM!!! Fun photos, fun filters… and a few shots that may never make it to Facebook.

Categories: blogs

Just a quick reminder… the folks at Facebook have gotten a little greedy over the years. And now, even if YOU decide that you want to follow a small business on Facebook, you may or may not be seeing their posts. Apparently Facebook now has some crazy algorithms that they use to “randomly” decide how many posts from a small business you might see. Even if you’ve requested to see them all. Facebook’s “solution” is that they expect small businesses to actually pay money to get their posts out to their followers. Let me just say… THAT is not going to happen here.

So…. from what we’ve heard, the best way to work around that is for you to Comment frequently, or click the LIKE button on posts as frequently as you can. We all think that the more you click, the more you “tell the algorithms” that you want to see more Facebook posts from Fire When Ready Pottery.

Click here to go to my Facebook pottery page… and then click FOLLOW.

Categories: blogs, mugs, pottery, soda-fired

A lot of people commented that they missed out on the last online mug sale
back in early December 2015. So I thought it might be a good idea to do another one…
this time, in time for
Valentine’s Day Gifts!!!

So the plan is much like the last online sale…
I will post photos of all the mugs here on my blog. Both sides of each mug for comparison.
Then next Saturday, January 30th at Noon CST, I will post the “official” Photo Album on my Facebook pottery page. Once posted on Facebook, it’s gonna be a first come, first served race to the end. The first person to post a Comment on a photo in the Facebook Photo Album with “claim” their prize.

Feel free to post comments here on the mugs, but keep in mind that
ONLY the first person to Comment on Facebook will get the mug!
Good luck!!!

Click here to go to my pottery Facebook page.
Be sure to click LIKE so you’re ready for the big sale next Saturday!

Categories: blogs, pottery

Fire When Ready Pottery : Voted #1 Pottery Blog for 2015.

So excited to be chosen again this year as the Top Pottery Blogagain!!!
I was honored last year in the Number One position as well… yeah me!

Special Thanks to Clay Blog Review and Pottery Making Info online for the honor.
They’ve been following my blog, and thankfully linking to my posts throughout the year.
A hundred and nineteen times apparently!!! It’s so exciting to part of a wonderful ceramic community that is so willing to share such wonderful stories, photos and useful information.

Click here to see the rest of the list for some other Top Pottery Blogs for 2015.
There’s a LOT of great information out there… stories, photos, pottery & more!!!

Thanks again to Clay Blog Review and Pottery Making Info.
And here’s to another year of sharing… let’s all keep it up.

Categories: blogs

What’s NOT to like when you come home on a frozen slushy day
to a wonderful Facebook message like this?…

Thank you for your incredible generosity. My studio is closed for 6 weeks (Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ). Thanks to your site I’m able to continue feeding this habit. I am returning to pottery after 40 years away. I glad you didn’t wait that long. I have been sitting at my computer looking at your pictures and copying your stamps. Can’t thank you enough for showing exactly what your stamps are and how you use them. Keep it up and God Bless.   – Arlene

Categories: blogs

Some time during the past couple days, we surpassed the 3,000 mark on this Facebook page. Yeah me!!! And a HUGE Thank You to all three thousand of you who continue to follow Fire When Ready Pottery on Facebook. You’re support, encouragement, “likes” and comments keep me going. You’re the best… and here’s to another thousand or so in the New Year!!!

Click here to go to my pottery page on Facebook… and then click the LIKE button.

Remember, FACEBOOK “chooses” for you what posts you get to see from small businesses you’ve “Liked.” You won’t see them all. To see even more Fire When Ready Pottery in your News Feed, click LIKE or Comment on the posts you do see. That should get you even more posts going forward. Plus, you can always click on Fire When Ready Pottery in the header and see ALL of the posts you’ve been missing.

And in the meantime, thank Facebook for making it so tough for you
to see the posts from the small businesses you’ve chosen to follow.