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

Here we go…. our fourth month… April.
And another batch of holiday ornaments made by me & four of My Talented Friends.
Remember, we’ve all signed-on for a Monthly Holiday Ornament Challenge.
The plan is for each of us to make a new ornament each month of the year.
We’re four months in… it’s hard to believe we’re a third of the way through already!!!

My Talented Friend : Cory McCrory
Cory was a bit “sheepish” about turning in this month’s ornament. She didn’t have time to create a whole flock like she wanted to. She was a baaaaa-d girl. I’m in the days to come she’ll be cranking out a few more… as she wouldn’t want to pull the wool over our eyes with just one!

My Talented Friend : Sarah Chapman
For April, Sarah made a patterned metal ribbon ornament out of copper. According to Sarah, “I needed a break from making earrings for One-of-a-Kind this week and decided hammering some metal would do it! I started by roller printing the floral pattern onto a copper sheet. Then I went to work hammering folds into the piece, letting it be as ribbon-y as it wanted to be!”

My Talented Friend : Roberta Polfus
Roberta made a few “Queen Of Hearts” ornaments by carving & poking some porcelain. A beautiful stylized ornament.

My Talented Friend : Amy Taylor
Amy switched back to her metalsmithing ways and offered up a few ornaments very reminiscent of her hinged jewelry line. Sweet little jewels for anyone’s tree!

My Talented Friend :oh wait, it’s ME again!!!
And for my April ornaments, I returned to a variation of a favorite from two years ago. The stamped star impression becomes more dimensional when the star “puffs up” with a gentle curve on both sides.

I started by cutting out the stars and giving them the gentle curve. I then attached tow of them together… one with the stamp impression for the front, and a plain star for the back.

I then painted the back solid with Nichols Gold Flashing Slip… as well as the front border around the star impression. Once soda-fired, we should see some nice “mustard” gold-ish colorations on the front & back. The star impressions will most likely be inlaid with temoku glaze and then soda fired in my next kiln… in about two weeks! So we should see some results relatively soon!!!

So there they are… April ornaments of My Talented Friends Cory, Sarah, Roberta & Amy. Be sure to check out their websites. They’re all in the LINKS section in the far right column. And they all have fun Facebook pages too. Find your favorites & follow them everywhere!

Categories: bowls, family, holiday

Apparently the Easter Bunny left far too much candy for my cousin’s kids in Minnesota?! They still have a LOT of sugar going on up there. Luckily, they have a great bowl and a few spoons to help scoop up some sweets! Because you know that jelly beans always taste better when eaten off a handmade ceramic spoon… or five!

Categories: holiday, nature

Some good advice to follow. Just in case you’re barking up the wrong tree.

Categories: holiday

So does anyone else see the irony in the tax deadline extension to Monday due to Washington DC celebrating “Emancipation Day” today with a day off?! Thank you Mr. Lincoln. Now if I could just get a little emancipation from that huge $$$ check I’ve got to write on Monday?!

Categories: holiday

Not sure which direction this is going? But either way… it’s brilliant!!!

Categories: holiday

Here’s looking at you kid! Have a great day.
Don’t fall for any pranks… but be sure to play a few of your own!

Categories: food, holiday

Hope you’re having a “colorful” Easter!!!… or just a great Sunday depending on how you roll?!

Categories: creativity, family, food, holiday

We had some “colorful” fun with my family & cousins from Minnesota doing some Easter egg coloring. Many were simple color dips… but I went for the “textured” grid effect using a rubber grippy pad & rubber bands! I happened to find the grippy grid things in the grocery aisle… darn those impromptu add-on sales items!

Worked well on the first one… so I ventured out into a two-toned world! With a band of rubber grid. Half dipped in yellow, and then half dipped in blue…  overlapping for green?!

Christopher was right there trying the new technique with great results… and focus!

A good time was had by all.
We ended with some colored fingertips and some very vibrant eggs!

Categories: creativity, food, holiday

Well, I still have some old clothes back from my previous life in Corporate America… so this might be a great opportunity to clean out the closet AND get some really cool Easter Eggs at the same time. Almost seems too cool to be true?!

Click here for the instructional video.

Then some creative wrapping of the egg with the “tie” squares. Tying them tight with strings.
The another layer wrapped with white fabric. Boil the bundled eggs… etc… then voila’…

Categories: creativity, food, holiday

The Easter Bunny will be hopping into town soon….
and I’m still looking for fun ways to decorate some eggs.
Here’s a fun & “natural” way to add some Spring colors & patterns to your eggs!

Click here for the instructional video.