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

You’ve got about two weeks to finalize your Holiday Gift List…
as my final HOLIDAY HOME SHOW is on Saturday, December 14th from 10:00am-6:00pm. A fun day with my friend & amazing metalsmith Amy Taylor joining me as my Guest Artist. Lots of pottery & jewelry for everyone on your list… and something special for you too!

Categories: food, friends

You gotta love when you pop into your studio and find a sweet treat waiting for you!!!
Who knew these even existed??? Not me!

Thanks Donna for the wonderful surprise… you obviously know me too well.

Categories: food, friends, platters

Not quite sure what this tasty morsel is… but it sure does look YUMMY!!! And I’m pretty darn sure that plate only makes it taste better!!! Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Categories: family, friends, holiday

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
Hope you’ve spent your day with family, friends or friends-who-are-your-family!
And remember… pumpkin pie is NOT just for today!!!

Categories: art fair, flowers, friends, soda-fired

One of my wonderful customers brought me a gift African violet yesterday planted in one of my own flower pots! Apparently Rick propagates & grows these violets off of his mother’s original plants after she passed away. While her plants are now well over fifty years old, the violet’s beauty continues to be shared & spread through Rick’s ever-“growing” tribute. A beautiful combo… and a beautiful gesture. Thank you so much Rick & Nancy! I love it!!!

Categories: bike, food, friends

Gotta love surprises care packages in the mail…
from great friends who know you oh so well. Thanks Sarah!

Categories: food, friends, mugs

The streets may be covered with snow, but it looks like my friend Allison found a way to stay warm this Halloween night with a warm cup of hot chocolate in a stamped & soda-fired mug that makes it even better! Too bad it looks like she’s missing the yummy-gooey marshmallows on top!

Categories: food, friends, holiday

FIRST PUMPKIN PIE OF THE SEASON!!!
Hopefully the first of many more to come!!! This vegan version by Rachel…
complete with vegan coconut milk “whipped cream.” Festive yumminess!

Categories: friends, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Always fun to see one of your mugs “pop-up” on someone else’s Instagram feed. Looks like my friend & former student Pam has been “test-driving” mugs from her collection to replace the “everyday” mug that broke! She was a long-time tile-maker who scoffed at wheelthrowing. Of course I tried & tried to convince her… until I released her inner wheelthrowing beast… and you should see her now!!! Check out her Instagram feed to see what she’s been up to.

Spoiler alert… no more tiles!!!

Categories: friends, garden, soda-fired

While I was visiting my friends in Peoria last weekend, it looks like something fun “sprouted” in one of their flower pots overnight?!!! Some groovy squiggly soda-fired plant stakes just kinda-sorta randomly “appeared” while they weren’t looking!!!