Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: movies, music, special events

Sure, I know I “should” be home setting up for tomorrow’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW.

But how could I be expected to miss the midnight show at The Music Box Theater.
Especially when it’s a sing-along interactive version of “Little Shop Of Horrors”?!!!

Categories: movies

One of the few “Animated Short Films” I actually had the chance to see before tonight when it won an Oscar!!! How often does THAT happen??? Usually you’ve never even heard of the short films!!!

Click here to see the Academy Award-winning “Animated Short Film” on YouTube.

Categories: movies, mugs, process, production, studio, television, tools

I frequently get asked what my studio looks like…. well, here it is as I was working at my wedging table this afternoon. A lot of pegboard. A lot of tools. A lot of handles to be attached to mugs!!! And one of my favorites on the TV… any guesses?

 

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Categories: artists, movies

Remembering Debbie Reynolds with one of the best movie musical moments ever captured on film! She will be missed. This is not a “good morning, good morning to you, and you, and you, and you.”

Click here for the “Singing In The Rain” video slip on YouTube.

And let us not forget about her amazing stint as Grace’s Mom on “Will & Grace”.
Click here for a quick reminder of her brillianceand Karen’s too!

Her passing made even more sad & emotional as she leaves us just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. Following her passing, Reynolds’s son, Todd Fisher, told Variety, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”

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Categories: movies

2016 has been quite the year for losing celebrities. And after an on-flight heart attack, we have lost another screen legend in Carrie Fisher. Best know for her portrayal of Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher was a well-versed actress and author. Another talent gone too soon.

Click here for Carrie Fisher’s “Five Best On-Screen Moments” according to US Weekly.
Although I do think they missed another screen gem in “Soapdish.”

Categories: artists, creativity, movies

This movie looks pretty incredible. The style, the process, the visuals.
Apparently it’s the first time ever using this film-making process. Think of it as a stop-action, clay-mation type movie… but using individual oil paintings instead of clay?!!! Amazing… and slightly crazy, right? I’ll definitely be “Van Gogh-ing” to see this one! Would be great at the Drive-In under some beautiful Starry, Starry Night.

Click here to see the trailer video of “Loving Vincent” on INSIDER’s videos.

Categories: holiday, movies, studio

A little Halloween Eve fun in the studio tonight. Working on my ornaments while resisting (slightly) the urge to break out into The Time Warp. And I’m not too proud to say it… I know all the words and I’m not afraid to sing along!!! So I did.

Categories: movies, YouTube

My how time flies…
Doesn’t see that long ago that Ally Sheedy was making it snow…

Click here for a video flashback on YouTube… “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.

Categories: creativity, movies

My favorite movie in 3rd Grade was “The Red Balloon.” We watched it during a school assembly and I was mesmerized. The simple story has stuck with me for years.

So I was excited, and quickly transported back to 3rd Grade, when I saw this whimsical table on Colossal.com. Sure, the kid may have only had ONE Red Balloon… but since then, it looks like they’ve multiplied to make this wonderful table!!!

According to Colossal.com
The UP Balloon Coffee Table designed by Duffy London cleverly creates the illusion of a glass tabletop supported by 11 helium balloons. The balloons and strings in the UP Balloons table are actually made from steel rods and metal resin composite, creating a sturdy base. Duffy plans to make only 25 tables and they’re available in red, gold, and silver balloons.

Categories: movies

Last night was the Academy Awards. Always a fun night. No big surprises though.
I think Ellen DeGeneres did a pretty good job. Loved the pizza delivery for the audience!!!
Love Lupita N’Yongo. Love Jennifer Lawrence. Loved “12 Years A Slave.”
Love the Selfie that crashed Twitter!!! Love idea… and it’s a great picture too!!!

But let’s be real… did you think that one of the highlights was when John Travolta completely butchered Idina Menzel’s name when he introduced her?! I laughed out loud… and then backed it up and watched it again!!!