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

While she may be gone, she’ll never be forgotten
as we celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday today.
Simple words to inspire your life. Words to live by. Truer words were never spoken.

Thanks to for this inspiring list of Maya Angelou quotes…
which I’ve added to and edited a bit along the way.

Starting of course with my favorite!!!

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes
it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.

We need much less than we think we need.

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.
We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take
but by the moments that take your breath away.

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands;
you need to be able to throw something back.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

I got my own back.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody.
And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life.
And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it,
you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

 And possibly my intellectual favorite one of them all…the one I believe in the most…





Categories: creativity, inspiration, tiles

My condo building has been tagged.
Usually that means some crazy graffiti has been sprayed all over the walls.
But this time, it’s SO much better!

One “happy tag” on my tiled window on the corner of my building,
and another one on the back courtyard gate.

Nice to be appreciated by “someone.”
Thanks whomever for the warm fuzzies!

Categories: classes, inspiration, nature, seasons

So now that they have their mugs assembled, it’s time for my Pottery Throwdown students to embellish them. So last night towards the end of class, the next challenge was revealed. They now need to take their four matching mugs and decorate them to represent, signify, resemble, interpret or otherwise show some influence by The Four Seasons. They have until class next Thursday to “finish them up” and bring them to class as they’re drying to greenware!

It’s completely up to them how they approach the project…
stylized & graphic?… sculptural?… illustrative?… carved?… stamped?… sgraffito?… painted?…
or otherwise “naturally” inspired!!!




Categories: flowers, inspiration

Normal is boring. Be different. Be unique. Stand out from the crowd.


Categories: creativity, inspiration, terra cotta

Okay, so every year I add another creature to The Ghouls Collection… with the “big reveal” being at ART IN THE BARN. Each character is a Limited Edition of forty. And when they’re gone, they’re gone! And just in case you’re wondering… here’s the doodle that inspired this year’s addition!

Categories: inspiration, summer camp

Great summer camp kids this week… brutally honest and SO smart!!! Ha!

Categories: food, inspiration

It’s Day Two of Wheelthrowing Camp… with a quick chocolate treat after camp.
You know, those yummy Dove Dark Chocolate “Promises” with a little message inside
on the foil wrapper?… well, here’s today’s message… yep, got that covered!!!

Categories: food, friends, inspiration, soda-fired, stamped

My friends Gerry & Rosene are going through a lot of construction at home after some storm damage, and today made everything a lot better when they made a lemon verbena cake with lemon frosting! Which I’m SURE was so much better with fresh lemons hand-squeezed on a handmade citrus juicer!!!

Categories: creativity, inspiration

With so much craziness going on in Washington DC these days…
what with Donald, Donald Jr., my “girlfriend” Kellyanne, and Vladimir…
this one made me laugh out loud when I saw it on my Instagram Feed!

But then I found out that my “girlfriend” is already married…
and this kinda made me laugh too!



Categories: architecture, inspiration, rusty

Spirals, Circles and Parallelograms… oh my.