Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: art fair, flower pots, flowers, friends, garden, pottery

Well, the weekend is finally getting here…. as is SPRING!!! So it’s perfect timing for the PLANTS & POTTERY POP-UP SALE! Lots of homegrown plants & handmade pottery to decorate your home, garden, office… anywhere! & everywhere!! This Friday & Saturday from 9:00am-4:00pm in Bartonville, Illinois! C’mon down…

2314 Skyway Road, Bartonville, Illinois 61607

Categories: friends, holiday, mugs

Looks like Rosene is celebrating a wonderful MOTHER’S DAY with a couple new mugs… including a new stamped shamrock mug from her daughter Kristy… that we’ve been keeping “secret” from Rosene for months!!!

Categories: artists, friends, My Talented Friends

Spent the day with My Talented Friend & master metalsmith Sarah Chapman today down at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW. So much fun to surround yourself with such talent & beautiful jewelry! I love having talented friends!!!

Check out more of her work online at
or follow her on Instagram : @chapmanmetals

Categories: friends, garden, pottery

On another damp & dreary Saturday, I thought a little splash of color might perk up your day! Like all of these beautiful coleus plants that my friends Rosene & Gerry have been growing all Winter in their basement… she started with over 600 cuttings!!! And now we’re just two weeks away from our little PLANTS & POTTERY POP-UP down by Peoria.

Friday, May 13th & Saturday, May 14th

I will be bringing a lot of pottery to go with a wide assortment of homegrown plants for your garden & home! Mark your calendar… more details to come!!!

Categories: food, friends, platters

Looks like Jody has been baking for her family & celebrating Easter with a special carrot cake… even if it might have fallen to pieces coming out of the pan?! Ha!!!

Still looks great on a nice platter with frosting drizzled everywhere!!!
I mean, I would still eat it.

Categories: art fair, artists, friends, garden

HAPPY EASTER… and enjoying this hidden bunny amongst the coleus garden! Just a reminder that I will be doing a PLANTS & POTTERY POP-UP SALE in the Peoria area on Friday, May 13th & Saturday, May 14th. Plenty of homegrown coleus, hostas, annuals & houseplants… along with lots of pottery!!! More details to come!

Categories: flowers, friends

Celebrating NATIONAL ORCHID DAY with this beautiful orchid re-blooming again down near Peoria. I think this might be the healthiest & happiest orchid ever… must be the handmade flower pot. Thanks for sharing this stunner Rosene!

Categories: food, friends

Huge thanks to my friend & former teaching assistant Cynthia for sharing her homemade marshmallows with me & my class… a nice ziplock bag full! And since I have the palate of a four-year old… of course I LOVE marshmallows… and it’s hard to top Cynthia’s homemade gooey-puffy-sugary treats!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like my friend Jen just enjoyed a yummy lunch.. and decided to share her remains with us! Even food scraps look better in handmade pottery bowls!

Categories: food, friends, holiday

Another day… another national holiday to celebrate… and who am I to question why?! Today was NATIONAL SOMETHING ON A STICK DAY!!! So of course I had to celebrate with a couple yummy “s’mores on a stick” from MAURIES SUGAR SHOPPE in Eureka, Illinois! As recommended… a mere 8 seconds in the microwave makes them all gooey & marshmallowy!!! Thanks for making my holiday yummier Keith & Julie!