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

Today is one of my favorite holidays…
and if you’ve got it, toast it, squish it, goo it… and do it again.
Go ahead… have s’more!!!

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Categories: food, holiday

Don’t forget that today is a BIG HOLIDAY!!!… today is 7-11… and you can celebrate with FREE SLURPEES all day at your local 7-11 store. I know where I’ll be cooling off after Summer Cap today!

Categories: Chicago, holiday

It was a late night drive back into the City after the fireworks in Chenoa last night. So much fun though to be greeted by the Chicago Skyline still shining in its festive glory.

Categories: family, friends, holiday

With historic Route 66 running right through town, I had a very relaxing day hanging out for the Fourth with my college friends and their ten kids in Central Illinois! Lots of kids, lots of fun… my “adopted” family in Chenoa. Very homespun with a wonderful fireworks show to top off the festivities!

And my buddy Ryann who really enjoyed the parade… especially collecting all of the candy that was being thrown out along the route! And yes, she’s the youngest of the ten kids!!!

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Categories: holiday

Hope you all have a wonderful day full of family, friends & fireworks.
Be safe… and have a great day.

I know that there are corn dogs, lemon shake-ups, cotton candy & homemade pie
in my path later today! Can’t wait to celebrate Independence Day!

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Categories: bike, Chicago, holiday, sunrise

No better way to start the holiday than sunrise at probably the most patriotic place in Chicago… Navy Pier. Great views of the City, the Lake and their majestic line-up of flags. Perfect for the day. Happy Fourth!!!

Categories: food, holiday
Categories: color, creativity, food, holiday, inspiration

Looking for a new fun way to decorate your Easter Eggs?…
well, new to ME anyway. This technique has been around for ages!

As a potter, we’ve all worked with wax resist before. But never like this.
I watched this first video and didn’t quite know what the end result was going to be. And when she revealed her finished egg, I was hooked. So simple in concept, but I’m sure it takes YEARS to master!!! Click here for the first Pysanky Egg video by Nicole Bell.

And for those needing a quick fix… here’s a visual overview from the video…
From my understanding, you draw on the lines with beeswax.

Then you dip it into the egg coloring.

Then trace over SOME of the original lines, filling in some areas, but not all.

And then it goes back into the color another time.

Then you carefully melt & wipe off the wax resist.

To reveal your beautiful egg.
Pretty groovy, huh?! I definitely have to try this one next year!

Want to see more?… click here for a more in-depth video of the history,
meaning and techniques used to create these incredible Pysanky Colored Eggs.

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Categories: Chicago, holiday

Chicago now has a holiday dedicated to its iconic four-starred flag.
The date was chosen because April 4, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary
of the City Council accepting the 1917 design by journalist, author and poet Wallace Rice
as Chicago’s official flag.

Wallace designed the Chicago flag with a white base divided into thirds symbolizing the North, West and South sides of town. The two dividing blue bars represent Lake Michigan and both branches of the Chicago River. And each of the six points of the four stars has its own significance.

Originally, Chicago’s flag only had two stars. The additional two stars — one each for Chicago’s world’s fairs — were an afterthought.

And what does it all mean?… well, according to Wikipedia…

The Stripes
The three white background areas of the flag represent, from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the river and the “Great Canal”, over the Chicago Portage.The lighter blue on the flag is variously called sky blue or pale blue;in a 1917 article of a speech by Rice, it was called “the color of water”.

The Stars
There are four red six-pointed stars on the center white stripe. From left to right:
The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It was added to the flag in 1939. Its six points symbolize transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, and salubrity.

The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is original to the 1917 design of the flag. Its six points represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.

The third star symbolizes the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is original to the 1917 design. Its six points stand for political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France, 1693; Great Britain, 1763; Virginia, 1778; the Northwest Territory, 1789; Indiana Territory, 1802; and Illinois (territory, 1809, and state, since 1818).

The fourth star represents the Century of Progress Exposition (1933–1934), and was added in 1933. Its points refer to bragging rights: the United States’ second largest city (became third largest in a 1990 census when passed by Los Angeles); Chicago’s Latin motto, Urbs in horto (“City in a garden”); Chicago’s “I Will” motto; the Great Central Marketplace; Wonder City; and Convention City.

Who knew?…
but it’s pretty cool to have an actual Chicago Flag Day, right?!

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Categories: creativity, holiday, inspiration

Have fun today… BE YOURSELF!!!