Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: artists, creativity, food, My Talented Friends

Celebrating Pi(e) Day by wearing this sweet little necklace by my talented metalsmith friend Amy Taylor. I love having talented friends… especially when they know you THIS well.
Sweet treats!!!

Categories: classes, creativity, inspiration

After last week’s POTTERY THROWDOWN class where they decorated tiles and a cylinder using that one tool… their “homework” was to throw another cylinder at least 9-inches tall… and then decorate that new one with that same one tool. Looking to see how the design transformed from the two-dimensional tile, to a smaller cylinder… and then even larger where there was even more “canvas” to decorate. This time, they had to use THAT ONE TOOL as their primary decorating tool, but they could also embellish with other surface decoration techniques as well.

Unfortunately… Teresa, Jon & Patti missed the class the week before…
so they didn’t have a tile or a cylinder to work from.
All they had was their homework assignment… and ONE TOOL.

Teresa

Jon

Patti

And now back to the original challenge… with tiles, cylinders and their new vases!

Susan

Jacob

Taylor

Tatiana

Claire

Dave

Molly

And now our TOP TWO WINNERS…

Ryan who carved out all of the areas with the dull metal part that was inside his tool.. and then applied each cut-out to the vase to make it even more dimensional.

Donna who started with a simple heart design on her nine tiles, then extrapolated one tile of the heart into the five dots and one hexagon for the cylinder… and then came back and combined them all back together for her heart-themed vase… still with the dots and hexagons!

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Categories: classes, creativity, food, lillstreet

To kick-off our party last Wednesday night, my students took on the “FACE THE COOKIE” Challenge from Minute-To-Win-It. Basically, you put a cookie on your forehead… and then slowly move the cookie down with just facial muscles & expressions… until you get the cookie in your mouth! So I made a challenge… succeed with the cookie in the mouth in one minute and they would get an additional “five minute advantage” in one of the two challenges in class that night.

Crazy fun for everyone… perhaps too much fun… as we got shooshed a bit…
and told to keep it down. How dare we have too much fun in class?!!!

And yes… they “forced” me to give it a try too… harder than it looks…
but the REWARD of success is pretty darn sweet!

 

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Categories: creativity, travel

Okay, so I’ve never seen one of these in the States.
And there were no signs or explanations. It was out front of the train station.
I’m pretty sure what it is… but please… go ahead… DISCUSS!!!

Oh, the “entertainment” of traveling abroad…¬† Ha-Ha!!!

Categories: creativity, travel

Another beautiful art installation at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. A whole “wall” of windows with these great black papercut pictures representing Chicago landmarks. Always good to have something to admire while waiting for your flight.

And of course my favorite one…

Categories: creativity, murals

It was a welcome surprise to find Minnie greeting me this morning
as I stopped along the lake to admire the icicles.
Looks like she’s been hanging out there for awhile?!!!

Categories: creativity, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Sad story from a customer whose mug decided to break… gravity and all… and no longer holds her morning coffee. But it does make a nice home for her cactus! Innovative way to not “let go” of her favorite mug!!! Now we just need to get her one that will still hold her coffee!!!

See the crack running from top to bottom?!!! Look close… there’s a couple!

Categories: creativity, special events

In honor of tonight’s fashion show, here’s a quick flashback to last year when I was in New York and happened to stumble upon a beautiful retrospective gallery show of some of the Victoria’s Secret “Angel” Costumes at their New York flagship store. It was a fascinating show with actual costumes, photos and artist design boards. Loved the over-the-top designs, materials & attention-to-detail.

Lots of feathers… and LOTS of mirrors!
Like these in the stairways of the Victoria’s Secret flagship store in New York City.

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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!

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Categories: classes, creativity, glaze

This week in my pottery class, I showed them some more interesting glaze techniques, tricks & possibilities… including everyone’s favorite novelty… BUBBLE GLAZING!!! Just a little dishwashing soap in your glaze and a plastic straw to get it going! And when the bubbles pop, you’ve got a pretty sweet glaze application!

And when the bubbles pop, you’ve got a pretty sweet glaze application!