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

Categories: artists, food, friends, holiday

Celebrating Pi Day with a slice of homemade pie around my neck!
It’s so much fun to have talented friends who know you so well…
and know of your love of homemade pie! We’ve often joked that the main reason I bike so much is so that I can eat more pie!!! And my bike has been known to stop at many a homemade pie place!

So this wonderful little adornment was a gift from my friend & talented metalsmith Amy Taylor. Such a “sweet” and thoughtful gift from one pie lover to another! Click here to see more of Amy’s wonderful metalsmith masterpieces!