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

Thank You all for a wonderful 2018. It was a fantastic year… thanks for being part of it and taking the journey with me. There have been a LOT of pots & a LOT of sunrises… and a few other fun times along the way!!! Thanks for letting me prattle on here, and for putting up with my “silly addictions” every step of the way. Let’s all have an even better 2019!!!

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Looking back on a wonderful year… and looking forward to an even better one!
Be safe. Have fun… and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!

Categories: family, food, holiday

So I received a holiday gift package in the mail that was set by my front door.
When I picked it up, I heard tell-tale sounds of things rattling, possibly broken,
but not quite like shards of pottery. I was intrigued… and concerned.

When I opened the box, I found it was a couple tins of treats from my cousins in Minnesota.
Apparently one of the tins opened while traveling & spilled all over the inside of the box.
No tape. No rubber bands. Just tins that were closed once upon a time.

Needless to say, I scooped the ChexMix back into the tin…
and promptly ate it ALL for lunch!!!

Thanks Michael & Anna for the tasty holiday treats… mixed-up or not!!!


Categories: food, holiday, platters, stamped

A little holiday yumminess at the Jackson Family Christmas yesterday…
with a homemade mint chocolate cheesecake with a toasted marshmallow top!!!…
and a few mint M&M’s on a handmade platter to make it extra festive!!!


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Categories: holiday

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and the merriest of Christmases today!
I hope you find yourself surrounded by family, friends
and tons of presents & Christmas yummies!!!

Categories: animals, artists, holiday

Here’s a quick peek of the Christmas gift I bought myself a couple weeks back.
I’ve been following Matt Wilson of Airtight Artwork on Instagram for awhile now.
Completely enamored by his ability to create precise bird sculptures out of everyday silverware!!!
Each bird has it’s own personality & attitude. And when his last “flock” was released on Etsy,
I just had to go for it… Merry Christmas to ME!!!

Categories: holiday

Well, it looks like my advent calendar is finally FULL of ornaments… all done…
guess that means it’s CHRISTMAS!!!

Categories: family, holiday, special events, Taylor

We had a wonderful day Saturday at Six Flags Great America for their first-ever
“Holiday In The Park.”

Sure, it might have been a bit chilly when flying on the high-speed roller coasters, but great with enough layers & freshly-toasted s’mores!!! It was remarkably empty during the daytime hours so there were no lines for any rides! Plus a beautiful sunset. It wasn’t until the sun went down and the place lit up with crazy cool Christmas lights everywhere – many LED displays synchronized to the music!!! Such a great way to kick-off the holiday weekend!!!


Categories: holiday, movies, music

A wonderful night kicking off the holidays with a movie double-feature holiday sing-a-long at the Music Box Theater. Two Christmas movie classics, buttery popcorn, plenty of caroling, ugly sweaters (not me) and even Santa leading the sing-a-long!!!

Oh yeah…. “White Christmas” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” in case you were wondering!