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

Categories: creativity, food

Also enjoyed a sweet treat this afternoon at SPRINKLES… an their amazing Cupcake ATM!!! Yes, you walk up to the machine outside of the store, tap the screen to make your selections, then pay with your card as the robot inside is pulling your order and placing it in the little box to the right. When the window slides up, you pull your boxed cupcakes out! Freshly made bakery cupcakes with amazing flavors… and even better FROSTING!!! So much fun… and so yummy!!!

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Categories: classes, creativity, food

After “surviving” several weeks of Summer Camp without any good nicknames… and trust me, the kids tried out several new ones… look what showed up this week at my Tuesday night class potluck!!! Very clever.

But isn’t popcorn always WHOLE GRAIN just by the nature & physics of popping a kernel of corn? Just sayin’…

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Categories: creativity

From what I’ve heard, I’m “fairly certain” that an elderly man name Mac lives here…
or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Categories: color, creativity, summer camp

AJ came into camp today with a really great shirt.
My sentiment exactly.

Coincidentally, his shirt also matched his chess board?!!! Kinda freaky, right?

Categories: architecture, creativity

There’s some beautiful architectural details on The Bank On Broadway a couple blocks from my place. Unfortunately the bank is now-defunct and has been sitting empty for a long time. My fear is that some developer will swoop in and tear the place down to build condos or some other soul-less edifice. Which would be such a shame with historic craftsmanship like this still lingering in the Edgewater neighborhood.