Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

A sweet little stamped & soda-fired porcelain mug
with a wide range of colors & flashing effects to brighten your day!

Categories: glaze, mugs

Goin’ green for Mugshot Monday! With a drippy green glaze combo
and the succulents that survived the steamin’ hot art fair this weekend.

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A pair of stamped & soda-fired mugs for Mugshot Monday! “Matching” is so overrated… I prefer to have “related” rather than “twins.” Lets people pick & choose a match-up for their own perfect pairs!

Categories: family, flowers, mugs, pottery

Yesterday my cousin Kim was hunkering down for another April snowstorm…
bringing in a few early bloomers before the snow got the best of them!
Thanks for sharing Kim!!!

Categories: mugs, porcelain, stamped

Stamped porcelain mug for Mugshot Monday.

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

So it’s not Monday, but it’s ALWAYS time for another MUGSHOT!!!
Lots of mugs being cleaned, priced & packed for tomorrow & Saturday’s
Prairie View Arts Invitational in Naperville!


Categories: art fair, mugs

My friend Kristen shared a quick pic of her mug collection! Lots of “recognizable” lovelies!
Start your own collection this Friday night & Saturday at the Prairie View Arts Invitational in Naperville!

Click here for more information about the Prairie View Arts Invitational.

Categories: art fair, mugs

While broken pottery is never a fun thing…
it is always nice to know that people out there are actually using my mugs…
and looking for more!!!

I’ll be at the Prairie View Arts Invitational this coming Friday night & Saturday
with PLENTY of new mugs for everyone!!!



Categories: kiln firing, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Here’s a quick peek at a few of the mugs that came out of this week’s soda kiln. Some beautiful colors & soda effects… and a crazy cool flashing mark on one of them!!! Not sure how it happened… nor if I like it yet. I must have had something sitting too close to it in the kiln.

What do you think about the crazy flashing mark?

Categories: classes, food, mugs

Last night was the final class for my Tuesday night beginning wheel students. They all did an amazing job this session… so we ended it with an amazing potluck & mug exchange! We all submitted a handmade mug disguised in a brown paper bag. And then with a fun White Elephant kind of picking-trading-stealing game, we all went home with someone else’s mug as a class souvenir! I came away with this beauty by my teaching assistant Susan Slogoff. Inside and out… just perfect.

And top treat of the night?… at least for me?…
oh, they know me oh too well... HOMEMADE OREO’s!!!
Best way to this teacher’s heart is through my stomach!
Thanks Teresa – you’re MY FAVORITE!!! Ha!