Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: movie, music, studio, television, theater

One of the benefits of “self-isolating” in my studio tonight was that I could sing out loud… and there’s no one there to tell me to keep it down!!! Watched “OKLAHOMA” tonight for free streaming online with Hugh Jackman… long before his Wolverine days!

Categories: inspiration, movie, studio, tools

Seemed oddly appropriate for today’s studio background movie… HAKUNA MATATA. It means no worries, for the rest of your days! It’s our problem-free, philosophy... HAKUNA MATATA.

And yes, you can thank me now for getting that little diddy stuck in your head for the rest of the day !!

Categories: inspiration, Mom, movie, movies

While hanging out in Lake Placid getting accustomed to the town, prepping, eating & relaxing… Chris and I decided to go see a matinee movie in town. Luckily the theater was playing the new “live action” version of THE LION KING. Of course I was excited as I love the original animated version. But don’t think that the symbolism was lost on me…

That the movie is all about losing a parent figure
and then needing to step up and make the best of yourself moving forward.
To discover who you are, grow and never forget who has passed before you.

Thanks Mom… I got the message!
Hakuna Matata!

Lion King

losing a parent

Hakuna Matata


Categories: glaze, holiday, movie

I may be stuck in the studio glazing tonight… but why not be a bit festive at the same time?! So I’m “celebrating” with a Christmas classic… or so I’ve been told… my first time watching “The Santa Clause.”

So what’s YOUR favorite Christmas movie???

Categories: holiday, movie
Categories: inspiration, movie

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… Life moves pretty fast.
You don’t stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it.”
                                                                                       – Ferris Bueller

It’s cold, windy & rainy outside. I “should be” working in the studio already.
Instead, I’m curled up on the sofa, updating the blog & Facebook pages,
and watching one of my favorite movies ever!!! Another guilty pleasure from the 80’s. I’ve always wanted them to do a sequel… even still… maybe Ferris Bueller taking a day off from his big important corporate job?!

Categories: Chicago, movie

Those of us who live here already know it.
But those who haven’t been to Chicago might need a little visual “tutorial.”

Click here for a beautiful video about the beauty & strength of Chicago.

Categories: artists, movie

So my new Swedish potter-friend Saga Johnsson has created a wonderful film.
It’s a couple of days in the life of a potter in Sweden… and the making of one of her trademark mugs from start to finish. It’s a great little film. Love the style. Love the music!!! What a great idea… a little shameless self-promotion with a wonderful twist. Brilliant!!!!

Click here to watch Saga’s Silent Film on YouTube.

Categories: movie, process, production, stamps

Anyone out there want to see how this class demo platter went from plain to fully stamped???
You’ve been asking… there’s a “very good chance” that there may be a video in the works?!

And the stamps that did most of the “magic”…

Categories: movie, process, stamps

Guess who is playing with iMovie???…
and might just have something fun to share later this evening???