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

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning… and I just LOVE that some of my wonderful “followers” thinks of ME when they see a beautiful sunrise. Ha!!! So much so that they sent me a photo of the view from their window… with one of my flower pots waiting for the sun to come up further to make that plant even happier!

Thank you Sheila for sharing your view this morning!

Categories: friends, holiday, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

HAPPY MUGSHOT MONDAY… with Instagram greetings from friends in Colorado who were apparently snuggling down on a cold Winter’s night with a mug of something frothy & yummy! Thanks for sharing Kristin & Camden!

Categories: collaborations, friends, holiday, My Talented Friends, soda-fired, stamped

Here’s another wonderful gift from one of My Talented Friends…
Sarah Chapman and I had discussed doing a collaboration project “awhile back” where we would work together to make lidded jars. Well, she’s had “plenty of time” to work up a plan… but she totally surprised me when this beauty showed up as part of my Christmas Gift!!! I had totally forgotten about them… but now I LOVE IT!!!

And I LOVE having Talented Friends!!!

Categories: friends, holiday, My Talented Friends

Gotta love post-Christmas get-togethers with Talented Friends… specially when they make you “sweet” gifts!!! Like this handmade spoon from my friend Pam… who I co-teach a summer camp for kids with where they make a full placesetting in clay & utensils in metal! Kinda like this spoon…. but not quite so “refined” shall we say! And of course some of my favorite ice cream to help the spoon fulfill its destiny!

Categories: friends, theater

A fun end to Boxing Day yesterday “storming the castle” with my friend Pam at the Mercury Theater. A fun musical for Monty Python fans… and for those who “always look on the bright side of life.”

Categories: family, food, friends, holiday

So nice when people “get you” and then get you the perfect gift!
Who’da thought that OREO cookies could be so fancy?!
Thanks Michael & Anna… you know me too well !!!

Categories: family, friends, holiday, Taylor

Roller coasters, yummy s’mores, festive lights & so much more! Another great night playing in the park with my sister Jen, niece Taylor and cousin Kim. Holiday fun for everyone last night at Six Flags Great America!

Of course we had to stop off to toast some marshmallows and make s’mores…
who doesn’t like ooey, gooey, yummy toasted marshmallows on a chilly winter night?!

Huge displays of LED covered walls showing festive images with holiday music!

Holiday lights everywhere you look!

And Ugly Christmas Sweaters for everyone!!!

My niece Taylor & sister Jen waiting for the X-FLIGHT roller coaster…
and yes, we went on it THREE times!!!

And who doesn’t love spinning in tight circles while revolving in bigger circles?!
The joy & hilarity of the Spinning Teacups!!!

Kim loved it…

Taylor loved it…

My sister Jen… not so much.
Amused, but just trying to keep her stomach down.

Kim playing in a dramatic gobo light pattern.

More LED displays with images & songs moving & playing all around the building.

Had to laugh at this display of “pharmacy” health-aides… just in case.
None for me thanks… but my sister “may have” had a bit of the Dramamine!!!

And my favorite…
Nothing says Christmas like a DANGER sign all lit up with festive lights!!!

Categories: friends, holiday, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Happy Mugshot Monday… with what looks like an early Christmas gift for Beckie’s Mom!!!
I’m sure her coffee will taste much better now, right?!!!

 

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Categories: friends

After thirteen games of bingo, a couple raffles, and a LOT of daubing… I got nothing!!!
Didn’t even gone close but once! Luckily my friend Sandy won one of rounds!!! Okay, so I will admit that there may have been two rounds where it was going so fast that I started to giggle and couldn’t stop. Allegedly. Tears running down my face as I tried to stifle the laughter… only to make it worse. Not quite sure I even “heard” all of the numbers called in those two rounds?! So maybe I could have won some cash… but instead I had a great night of fun with my friends! I take that any time!!

Categories: friends