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

When Matthew got to the bottom of his cup…
it was an “out of this world” experience!

He saw a resemblance to the planet Neptune
in the bottom of his cup where the glaze pooled together!

Too funny – thanks for sharing Matthew!!!

Categories: creativity, music

I know we’re all anxiously hoping to get back to a little bit of “normal” this year. Like biking, road-trip traveling & sharing adventures with friends! Heck, just seeing friends face-to-face!!!

But until then, it’s good to see that Kermit & Fozzie are staying safe in their own little ZOOM World… just like the rest of us! There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, but we all need to stay diligent until then!

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear your mask.
And keep ZOOMIN’ right along… dig-a-ding, dig-a-ding…

Categories: creativity, GeoCache, inspiration, nature, textures

Out with the old. In with the new… I hope!!!

2020 has been so dismal for many of us!
So much has changed in the world, and very little of it for the better.
But I’m bound & determined to kick-off 2021 with high hopes,
great expectations and good fortune for all.

And I figured the best way to invite good fortune… is to share good fortune!
So I did.

Fortune “cookies” that is!
Oh wait, and do I even need to mention that they rattle too?!!!

While I hiked at Illinois Beach State Park last Monday, it was fun to put out some good vibes, share some positivity and spread good “fortune” for everyone! I kinda liked the idea of leaving them there as I “found” Illinois Beach State Park during one of my “quarantine” hiking adventures… which I might never have done if 2020 didn’t shut the world down!

You know how much fun it is to find things randomly out in nature. Or how much fun Geocaching is… if you haven’t tried, you should! So, while I was hiking last Monday, I “hid” twenty-one handmade fortune cookies out there somewhere so people can find them, get excited and bring a little more “fortune” into 2021. Get it?… 21 cookies for 2021.

I’m sure some of them will be found quickly. Some might take longer. While others might just be swept out into the lake and “reclaimed” into the wild. I love finding beach glass… imagine finding “beach fortune cookies”!!!

So here they are…
twenty-one fortune cookies and some “hints” as to where they are hidden along the lakefront at Illinois Beach State Park!

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Categories: creativity, friends, holiday, music

Tonight’s the night… and Santa Claus is comin’ to town!!! So why not celebrate with some sweet treats and a little Christmas Caroling?! Feel free to sing-along… ahhh, remember road-trips back when you could still drive in the car with friends???

Categories: creativity, friends, holiday, totem pole

It’s beginning to look LOT like Christmas!!!EVERYwhere you go! So festive & fun to see how one of my ceramic totem poles is now surrounded by Christmas Cheer!!! It’s a crazy mix of holiday fun out in the suburbs these days!!! Thanks Chris!

Categories: color, creativity, process

After letting all of the ice melt, letting the dye set-in… it’s finally time to take off the rubber bands and to open up my new tie-dyed shirts. There’s always a moment of anticipation as you start to open it up and the pattern begins to reveal itself. So here they are… four shirts before & after… wrapped & unwrapped!!! Loving the results so far… and I might just need to make more.

You know, MORE IS MORE – even when it comes to tie-dye!!!

Categories: creativity, food, holiday

Looking to make a cute gingerbread house for the holidays?! Well my pals down at MAURIE’S SUGAR SHOPPE in Eureka, Illinois have all of the retro groovy candies you might need to decorate your masterpiece… and a LOT more treats just to eat!

Click here to check them out on Facebook!

Categories: creativity, inspiration

Or at least it should be during these trying times!
Especially with the holidays just days away!

Categories: color, creativity

Okay, so I first did a batch of ice-dyed tie-dye shirt at the start of the pandemic. So I find it a little disheartening that here I am doing it again… it’s been quite awhile now, and not a whole lot has changed?! Except for my LOVE of tie-dye!!! So here are a couple shirts under the ice, melting away and dyeing my shirts! Big reveal still to come… but for now it’s a waiting game!

Categories: creativity, holiday

Look who just popped onto my tree!!! Santa couldn’t deliver his gifts of toilet paper & hand sanitizer via ZOOM, so he put on his best mask an just stopped by with proper social distancing!! Celebrating the season as best we can… with a wonderful handmade ornament by my friend Tiffany!

If you would like one of your own, she’s busily making more like a good Elf should… and you can connect with her through Instagram – @tiff_in_quarantine