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

Here’s to hoping that you’re headed towards a wonderful holiday
filled with family & friends. Be nice, give gifts, be gracious and have FUN!

Categories: clay, holiday

They say small things come in small packages… and they’re right!
But who knew that Continental Clay had smaller boxes?
I’m so accustomed to lugging around those 50lb. boxes!!!

Special thanks to my cousins in Minnesota for the mini clay box…
and the Holiday Gift Card enclosed!!!



Categories: food, holiday

Sweet little Santa’s chillin’ and ready to go… at LICKETY SPLIT!!!

Categories: bike, holiday

Dear Santa…¬† one last request…
I woke up this morning and it looks like we might actually get a White Christmas?!
And I might need you to bring me a new sweater… like THIS one!!!

Categories: holiday

Counting down… just one more night before the night before Christmas! I know I still have a lot to get done… and I’m guessing I’m not alone out there! Still shopping, wrapping & packing… fa la la la la….

Categories: holiday, television

Time to prepare for the “Feats of Strength” and the “Airing of Grievances”!
And no tinsel… it’s just too distracting!!!

Categories: glaze, holiday, organization, pottery, stamped

Still wrapping up some presents… and don’t you love when the box fits perfectly?!!!
Good thing I had pizza for dinner last night.

Oh, and by the way, if this gift turns out to be yours,
please act surprised when you open it!!!

Categories: holiday, ornaments, soda-fired

We’re getting closer to the holidays…
still plenty of time for shopping, wrapping, packing, and “ornamenting.”

Categories: flowers, holiday

Picture perfect poinsettia.

Categories: friends, holiday, ornaments

I just LOVE surprise care packages in the mail… especially when it’s a beautiful handmade ornament just in time for Christmas! This beauty was made by my friend Pam of NorthWind Pottery. Sure, I may have purchased it online a year ago, but I definitely forgot all about it thinking that I would just “pick it up” from her at some point… making this care package an especially great surprise!!!