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

I’m looking forward to a wonderful new year. This past year had some great moments & highlights, but also a few hard times. I’m hoping that 2020 is filled with great friends, and even more magical moments & wonderful experiences. Thank You all for following along on my journey here on Facebook. I hope you all have a wonderful new year as well… let’s all have some fun this year… WELCOME 2020!!!

Categories: holiday

Here’s hoping you all are having a wonderful evening to finish off the year!
Have fun with your family, your friends… and those special friends you choose
to make part of your family! Bring on the New Year… have fun & be safe!!!



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: food, holiday, platters, stamped

I mean… who doesn’t enjoy a few lazy days after the “hectic-ness” Christmas?!
Relaxing, watching TV, playing with friends and enjoying a few yummy snacks
along the way!!!

Categories: family, food, holiday

And what goes well with cookies?… well, hot chocolate made with cookies of course!!! Another great gift from my sister & family!

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: holiday

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to everyone today.
Here’s hoping your day is filed with family, friends & fun!
Make it a special day that creates memories for years to come! Enjoy!!!

Categories: food, holiday

And there we have it…
my chocolate raspberry carrot cake to share with my family for Christmas Day.
A little “explosive” drama along the way… but I think it turned out okay.
Pretty, festive and VERY chocolatey!!!

Did I mention that I made a double-recipe of the frosting and used almost all of it???
Is there such a thing as too much frosting? I think not.