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

Is it just me, or is it too early for pumpkins to be on sale at the grocery stores already?
It’s still Summer, right? And look, some of these aren’t even ripe yet!!! Ha!!!


Categories: holiday, mugs, production

Celebrating the holiday today by “laboring” in my studio all day. Finishing off another batch of mugs for Mugshot Monday. Still trying to replenish inventory for ART IN THE BARN in Barrington in a few weeks!



Categories: food, holiday

Today is one of my favorite holidays…
and if you’ve got it, toast it, squish it, goo it… and do it again.
Go ahead… have s’more!!!



Categories: food, holiday

Don’t forget that today is a BIG HOLIDAY!!!… today is 7-11… and you can celebrate with FREE SLURPEES all day at your local 7-11 store. I know where I’ll be cooling off after Summer Cap today!

Categories: Chicago, holiday

It was a late night drive back into the City after the fireworks in Chenoa last night. So much fun though to be greeted by the Chicago Skyline still shining in its festive glory.

Categories: family, friends, holiday

With historic Route 66 running right through town, I had a very relaxing day hanging out for the Fourth with my college friends and their ten kids in Central Illinois! Lots of kids, lots of fun… my “adopted” family in Chenoa. Very homespun with a wonderful fireworks show to top off the festivities!

And my buddy Ryann who really enjoyed the parade… especially collecting all of the candy that was being thrown out along the route! And yes, she’s the youngest of the ten kids!!!



Categories: holiday

Hope you all have a wonderful day full of family, friends & fireworks.
Be safe… and have a great day.

I know that there are corn dogs, lemon shake-ups, cotton candy & homemade pie
in my path later today! Can’t wait to celebrate Independence Day!


Categories: bike, Chicago, holiday, sunrise

No better way to start the holiday than sunrise at probably the most patriotic place in Chicago… Navy Pier. Great views of the City, the Lake and their majestic line-up of flags. Perfect for the day. Happy Fourth!!!

Categories: food, holiday
Categories: color, creativity, food, holiday, inspiration

Looking for a new fun way to decorate your Easter Eggs?…
well, new to ME anyway. This technique has been around for ages!

As a potter, we’ve all worked with wax resist before. But never like this.
I watched this first video and didn’t quite know what the end result was going to be. And when she revealed her finished egg, I was hooked. So simple in concept, but I’m sure it takes YEARS to master!!! Click here for the first Pysanky Egg video by Nicole Bell.

And for those needing a quick fix… here’s a visual overview from the video…
From my understanding, you draw on the lines with beeswax.

Then you dip it into the egg coloring.

Then trace over SOME of the original lines, filling in some areas, but not all.

And then it goes back into the color another time.

Then you carefully melt & wipe off the wax resist.

To reveal your beautiful egg.
Pretty groovy, huh?! I definitely have to try this one next year!

Want to see more?… click here for a more in-depth video of the history,
meaning and techniques used to create these incredible Pysanky Colored Eggs.