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

Celebrating all the Moms out there…
cherish your time with them, and the memories without them.

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: holiday

HAPPY EASTER… or whatever holiday you might be celebrating this season… and just hoping that you take time to notice the small details & appreciate the special moments along the way!

Categories: holiday

Who knew this was a thing?…
well, today is NATIONAL ONE CENT DAY!!!
Apparently this has been a national holiday for quite awhile?!!!

So in case you were wondering…What does Benjamin Franklin, the phrase “mind your business,” April 1st, and National Once Cent Day all have in common? The answer is the penny, which we recognize on NATIONAL ONE CENT DAY.

The United States first issued a one-cent coin produced by a private mint in 1787. Benjamin Franklin designed it. On one side, it read “Mind Your Business” and the other “We Are One.” This coin was made of 100% copper was larger than today’s penny and came to be known as the Fugio cent.
It wasn’t until 1792 that the United States Mint was first created.

The first coins struck by the newly established mint were called Chain cents, or Flowing Hair Chain Cents by collectors today. On one side of the was coin a circle of 13 links of chain representing the 13 colonies. On the reverse was an image of a woman with flowing hair, otherwise known as Liberty.

The one-cent coin was reduced in size in the 1850s to make the currency more economical and easier to handle. In 1856, the mint produced the Flying Eagle cent with a wreath on the reverse side.

This coin was soon replaced with the Indian Head cent in 1859, which quickly became popular and remained in circulation for decades.
Today’s one-cent coin is made of copper and zinc and has borne the image of President Abraham Lincoln since 1909.

From 1959 to 2008, the reverse featured the Lincoln Memorial. Four different reverse designs in 2009 honored Lincoln’s 200th birthday depicting various scenes from his lifetime, and a new, permanent reverse – the Union Shield – was introduced in 2010.

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!

Categories: holiday, platters, stamped

Better?… or was Melissa the only one who noticed that my earlier post somehow “demoted” Patrick away from being a Saint?! Too funny… I totally didn’t notice that one! My bad.

Categories: holiday, mugs

Shining in the morning sun… a colorful lime shamrock mug with a lot of wonderful crackling in the glaze. Looks like a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today!!!

Categories: food, holiday

It’s another national holiday today… one near & dear to may heart… NATIONAL OREO COOKIE DAY!!! And we’re celebrating OREO’s birthday with another special flavor with tow layers of filling, one white & one chocolate… as well as actual edible glitter on the cookies!!! It’s a party in my mouth!!!

Categories: art fair, holiday, mugs

Just a little preview… SHAMROCK MUGS for the upcoming Irish party day!!! These and a few more will be going on sale tonight at 7:00pm CST… right here only on my Facebook pottery page! There’s only twenty of them… so they might go fast?! So no shopping yet. No dibs.

You’ve gotta check back on my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page at 7:00pm tonight when the shamrock sale goes LIVE!!!

Click here to go directly there…

Categories: holiday, mugs, stamped

So I’ve got a very limited collection of brand new SHAMROCK MUGS just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! I’ll be doing a quick online sale right here on my pottery Facebook page this Friday evening at 7:00pm CST. More details to come…