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

Categories: art fair, blogs
Categories: art fair, blogs, mugs

Coming soon… My Annual Online Pottery Sale.
Typically my “Happy December Sale” has been held on December 1st.
But who knew that tomorrow is already December!? Well, not me.

So instead, I think we might be celebrating St. Nick with a weekend sale
on Facebook. More details & more mugs to come!!!

Categories: blogs

With the holidays quickly upon us… and the year drawing to a close…
I see that we’re nearing another great milestone on Facebook.
We are within striking distance of 3,000 Fans!!!

‘Tis the season to be sharing… ’tis the season to be clicking…

Click here to go to my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page.
Click FOLLOW to get quick studio updates, photos, stories and more…
and “quite possibly” a few sunrise photos from my morning bike ride addiction!
And then “SHARE” the fun with your friends… and let’s hit that 3,000 mark!!!

Categories: blogs, YouTube

WHOO-HOO!!! We’ve just passed another Facebook milestone. And I still remember when I didn’t think I needed to be on Facebook because I had nothing worthwhile to share. Apparently I was wrong. Thanks to everyone who continues to follow my pottery adventures, visual explorations, and just “a few” biking sunrises along the way! Remember, you may not get all of the posts in your News Feed, so check back and read the full Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page every now & again. And remember to “share” with your friends… I think we should shoot for 3,000 by the end of the year! Thanks again.

And oh, but wait there’s more… you can also do a “search” for Fire When Ready Pottery on Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. You can find me & follow me pretty much everywhere! Have fun!!!

Categories: blogs, photography

And for those who REALLY like photos…
Click on the QSR code to go straight to my INSTAGRAM page!
The click FOLLOW. Now you can enjoy your quick-fix of fun photos!!!

Categories: blogs, photography

So now that I’m on Instagram, and yet still not quite sure what I’m doing
I’ve been wondering to myself what the difference is for me?!

How should I treat Instagram different from blogging or Facebook?
So I think I’ve come up with a plan.

Since Instagram is really all about pictures, that’s what you’ll get.
Altered pictures. Vintage-aged pictures. Filtered pictures. Pictures!!!

However, I’m thinking that the blog & Facebook will continue to get stories & real photos. While my Instagram feed will be photos with filters!!! I figure since they offer them up, I might as well be using them, right? So if you like “altered” photos go to my Instagram page. If you want clearer, truer & straight-forward photos & stories, stay here! Or what the heck, do both!!!

So there it is… a little something for everyone!
Unfiltered or Filtered. You choose…

Categories: blogs, photography

Okay, so I’ve been resisting it for awhile now…
Several people have told me that I really need to get started on Instagram.
I’ve been avoiding it for quite awhile. Not sure  “why” I really need to do it.
I’m already so busy with blogging & Facebook.

But when I got to Minneapolis, and went to dinner with friends… Emily Murphy “spearheaded the campaign” and got me set-up on my iPhone right there at the diner table. For those who remember, she’s ALSO the one who “spearheaded” by blogging adventure too! So now I’m on Instagram?!… and need to start posting some photos!!! Maybe tomorrow…

So when you get a chance, do a quick search for me and/or Fire When Ready Pottery and start following on Instagram too!! I’m not really sure yet what this new adventure will become, but I’m onboard and ready to give it a try!