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

Celebrating MUGSHOT MONDAY by packing up a bunch of mugs which will be headed off to new homes tomorrow… thanks to the ST. NICK’S DAY ONLINE MUG SALE last Thursday. Loved this twosome that one savvy customer paired up during the sale!

And just for the record…
there are only four mugs left in the ST. NICK’S SALE until this Friday!
You still have time!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs, special events

STARTING TOMORROW AT 7:00PM Central time!!!


So the plan is much like the last online sale…
I’m posting photos of all twenty mugs here on my blog. Both sides of each mug for comparison. Some are the same on both sides, while others have some dramatic flashing effects from the soda-kiln firing!

Then tomorrow Thursday, December 6th at 7:00pm CST, I will post the “official” Photo Album on my Facebook pottery page. Once posted on Facebook, it’s gonna be a first come, first served race to the end. The first person to post a “MINE” Comment on a photo in the Facebook Photo Album will “claim” their prize. The online sale will continue until midnight Friday, December 14th.

Feel free to post comments here on the mugs, but keep in mind that ONLY the first person to Comment on Facebook will get the mug! Use this blog posting as your “window shopping” opportunity before the store opens!

Each mug is priced at $50 which includes shipping & handling (within the contiguous US please.) And remember, that all mugs are handmade and one-of-a-kind. As well as food-safe, dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe… just not gravity-safe!

Click here to go to my pottery Facebook page. Be sure to click LIKE so you’re ready for the big sale this Thursday!

Mug #1

Mug #2

Mug #3

Mug #4

Mug #5

Mug #6

Mug #7

Mug #8

Mug #9

Mug #10

Mug #11

Mug #12

Mug #13

Mug #14

Mug #15

Mug #16

Mug #17

Mug #18

Mug #19

Mug #20




Categories: art fair, mugs, special events

Here’s a quick peek at the mugs that will be going up for sale this Thursday, December 6th to celebrate St. Nick’s Day. I will post better photos here on my blog tonight so you can see both sides of each mug. But then tomorrow night at 7:00pm Central I will open up the sale on my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page. It will be first-come, first-claimed. Feel free to comment on these photos, but don’t even try to claim them ahead of time. Have fun looking, choose your favorites, and then shop on Facebook Thursday evening to snatch-up your mug.

So remember, there’s no pre-sale calling of dibs. No “claiming” of the mugs ahead of time here on the website. Only the Facebook Comments to claim them starting Thursday evening after I place the official sale kick-off on Facebook,

More details to come… but in the meantime, click here for my Facebook page and hit FOLLOW… so you’re all ready to go TOMORROW!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs, special events

So who’s looking for a great holiday gift?
Maybe a handmade mug for that special someone?…
even if YOU are that special someone!!!

Well, in 24 hours we’re celebrating St. Nick’s Day with my ONLINE MUG SALE.
I will post twenty mugs on my Fire When Ready Pottery Facebook page tomorrow at 7:00pm.
The first one to claim a mug in the Comment section of each mug will get it.
Pick quick, claim quicker… they’re gonna go fast!

Watch here for more “teasers”… and then switch to Facebook for the real moment when the sale goes LIVE tomorrow evening at 7:00pm!

Click here for my Facebook page… and then hit FOLLOW!

Categories: glaze, mugs

Sliding into December with our first MUGSHOT MONDAY of the month!!!
With a green cone six glazed mug!

Categories: mugs

Caught a moment of bright light shining through the window and landing on my mugs… obviously not today as it was gray & snow-stormy all day!



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

The first person to “find” this specific mug at the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW today
will win it for FREE!!! No catches… except you must mention you saw this contest on social media!!! First come, first find… first WIN!!!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

A fleet of stamped & soda-fired mugs at the ready to serve warm apple cider to everyone who makes it to the HOLIDAY HOME SHOW today. We’re open & ready for Day Two from 10:00am-6:00pm!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Celebrating another MUGSHOT MONDAY with a trio of new mugs
fresh from my last soda kiln. Stamped, slip painted, soda-fired and ready
for this weekend’s HOLIDAY HOME SHOW!!!
Mark your calendar and get ready to make your coffee taste a whole lot better!!!

Categories: glaze, mugs, process, production

Might be a smidge harder to glaze “in the dark”…
but the dramatic task lighting I’ve set up sure does make for some nice contrasts
when the mugs start lining up!