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

Happy Monday.
Happy mini-Mugshot Monday!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Spring clematis bloom in one of my stamped & soda-fired ikebana vases.
Lovin’ the color contrast.

So which view do YOU like better?…
Straight down birds-eye-view?… or a slight angle?!!!
I couldn’t decide so you get stuck with both!!!


Categories: glaze, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Tiny little vases need tiny little stamps!
Two of many mini vases coming to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival this weekend… Saturday & Sunday!

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

Unloaded my soda kiln last night. Lots of bright colors…
not all browns & grays much to the chagrin of my soda students.
See, a soda firing CAN be colorful!

Now to pack it all up for this weekend’s art fair in Schaumburg!


Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Beautifully scented lilacs in a handmade, hand-stamped & soda-fired vase.
The Spring flowers are so short-lived, enjoy them while you can!

Categories: flowers, soda-fired, vases

Beautiful roses this weekend in Sarah’s booth at the “One Of A Kind Show.” Wonderful two-tone orange roses… oh, and I guess the vase isn’t too shabby either?!

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

I love when my friendly customers share their Fire When Ready Pottery on Instagram. It’s so great to see your work being loved & used… especially on a cloudy & rainy day like today! Thanks for sharing Allison!

Categories: classes, lillstreet, soda-fired

Last night my “Simply Soda” class got their first pieces back from the latest soda firing… albeit the sets of test tiles they made the first week. Lots of “information” for them to process with different slips, glazes and the variations from hi-soda to low-soda. Lots of organizing, comparing to the “legend”, labeling and admiring… some more than others!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

At least the shamrocks in my kitchen window are enjoying the sun today… while I’m “trapped inside” without my bike AND doing my taxes today. A double whammy!!! Maybe being without my bike will be a “good thing” when it comes to getting my taxes done???… hmmm?… but I do still have running shoes!


Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Stamped & soda-fired… just in time for another Mugshot Monday!