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

I just love when a vase gets to fulfill its destiny with a beautiful floral arrangement.
Like these textured square vases that were used for a birthday celebration last weekend.

Special thanks to Patti for choosing my soda-fired vases for her centerpieces…
and then sharing the photos too!!!

Each a beauty individually, but in a large grouping… even better!




Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

Fresh out of the soda kiln just in time for Mugshot Monday.
Lots of colors & flashing effects on this little one!


Categories: mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Mug… Stamped… Soda-fired…
three of my favorite things for another Mugshot Monday.

Categories: mugs, porcelain, soda-fired, stamped

Pretty little porcelain… stamped & soda-fired mugs for Mugshot Monday!

Categories: holiday, ornaments, soda-fired

We’re getting closer to the holidays…
still plenty of time for shopping, wrapping, packing, and “ornamenting.”

Categories: pottery, soda-fired, stamped

When asked yesterday if I had a special piece of pottery for a hallway half-table… I’m glad the answer was YES! This stamped & soda-fired piece fits perfectly on the table and will be a great catch-all for those that enter the house! Thanks Chris for sharing!

Categories: mugs, soda-fired, textures

Caught by the teeniest sliver of sun through dining room blinds.
Slab-Wheel Combo Mugs ready & waiting for this Saturday’s Holiday Home Show!!!




Categories: soda-fired

Just a couple friendly faces that will be making an appearance on my living room wall during the Second Holiday Home Show this Saturday! Yes, I do make more than mere “pots”… I just don’t have a good place to hang them inside my art fair tent, so you may never have seen these before?!


Categories: glaze, mugs, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time for another online sale!
A quick chance to grab up one of sixteen mugs!!!
The perfect gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list… even if that someone is YOU!!!

So the plan is much like the last online sale…
I’m posting photos of all sixteen 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 this Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00am 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 with “claim” their prize. The online sale will continue until midnight Friday, December 15th.

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 Wednesday!

Mug 1 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 2 – soda-fired porcelain

Mug 3 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 4 – cone 6 glazed stoneware

Mug 5 – soda-fired porcelain

Mug 6 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 7 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 8 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 9 – soda-fired porcelain

Mug 10 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 11 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 12 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 13 – cone 6 glazed stoneware

Mug 14 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 15 – soda-fired stoneware

Mug 16 – soda-fired stoneware







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

Here’s a quick peek at the mugs that will be going up for sale this Wednesday, December 6th to celebrate St. Nick’s Day. I will post better photos here on my blog tomorrow so you can see both sides of each mug. But then early Wednesday morning 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 early Wednesday morning 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 Wednesday morning 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 on Wednesday!!!