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

Last night in my pottery class, my students pulled out all the stops with possibly the biggest potluck feast ever!!! We had a theme… retro flashback childhood favorites! I of course had to make my traditional birthday cake… “Mississippi Mud”… a decadent concoction that my Mom used to make every year for my birthday! Chocolate cake with coconut, a layer of marshmallow fluff and then a layer of fudge swirled on top!!!

And YES, I do have the palate of a four year old!!!

And for the record… the leftover cupcakes went to my Summer Campers today…
and the leftover cookies will come with me to camp tomorrow!!! Lucky kids!

Categories: classes, food, inspiration

Last night in my pottery class, my students rallied with a LOT of sweetness…
both with a sweet sympathy condolence card and a LOT of OREOs to sweeten the sorrow.

Categories: family, food, inspiration, Taylor

My Mom was known for always having homemade chocolate chip cookies for family functions… and she frequently made them for my art fairs for my “groupies” & shoppers to enjoy. Many people would look for my Mom and that tin of cookies before even noticing the pottery on my display shelves!


So, my niece Taylor decided that she would honor her Grandma with a tribute by baking the same chocolate chip cookies for tonight’s visitation service. This way all of the guests can enjoy another cookie.

Strange notes… they ended up with 316 cookies. Taylor’s birthday is 3/16.
As well as 3:16 being the most commonly quoted bible verse.
Coincidence or some crazy master plan?!



Categories: classes, food

Last night in my Tuesday pottery class, I brought in two packs of the newest OREO flavor… Baskin-Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! They must have been pretty darn tasty… as BOTH PACKS were gone in an instant!!!

So fast, that I only got ONE cookie!!! Which was totally fine by me…
because there “used to be” a third pack before class… allegedly!

Categories: bowls, food, glaze, stamped

Hot summer night… cool summer salad…
even “cooler” in a stamped & glazed serving bowl.

Categories: creativity, food, platters, stamped

So much fun to see this pop-up in my INSTAGRAM feed… thanks to Ria V. Ceramics for sharing her “yummy masterpiece” on one of my stamped & glazed platters! Seriously?… you can only smile when you see this!!! SIMPLY BRILLIANT!!!

Direct from her INSTA feed…
My @firewhenreadypottery platter came in handy today when I was looking for
something to use for my fruit platter. The design didn’t quite turn out the way
I wanted it to… but it was still eaten!


Categories: classes, food

Last night in my Beginning Wheelthrowing pottery class, we had a PARTY so to speak!!! What’s better than a bunch of OREOS’s???… even MORE OREO’s!!! Loving the new party size package!!!

Categories: classes, food

Last night in my pottery class, our treats were “out of this world”!!! Thanks to Jacob & John for bringing in the newest OREO flavor… Marshmallow Moon!!! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing. Didn’t really taste all that different… with no marshmallow gooieness that I hoped for… and that creme color is a little off-putting… and yet we still finished them off!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, food

I’ve always said that “the best part of biking, is stopping.”
Especially when the end of the ride is across the street from Superdawg…
which was extra tasty after our wonderful day of riding!!!

Categories: food

A quick treat after the end of this week’s Summer Camp. A trio of amazing ice cream flavors from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Old Town… Blackout Chocolate Cake, Goat Cheese & Red Cherries, and the new Atlantic Beach Pie! Great camp, great ending!