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

What do you get when you put together over a million translucent balls?…
THE BEACH… an interactive new art installation now at Navy Pier!

As the snow came down and made the City white yesterday, it was so much fun to play at THE BEACHwhich was coincidentally also WHITE?!!! So much fun playing with my “Elves” with a sneak peek before it opened to the public. Over a million balls of fun – now at Navy Pier through February 3rd... and it’ s FREE!!!

For more information about THE BEACH at Navy Pier… click here!

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Categories: family, holiday, special events, Taylor

We had a wonderful day Saturday at Six Flags Great America for their first-ever
“Holiday In The Park.”

Sure, it might have been a bit chilly when flying on the high-speed roller coasters, but great with enough layers & freshly-toasted s’mores!!! It was remarkably empty during the daytime hours so there were no lines for any rides! Plus a beautiful sunset. It wasn’t until the sun went down and the place lit up with crazy cool Christmas lights everywhere – many LED displays synchronized to the music!!! Such a great way to kick-off the holiday weekend!!!

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Categories: art fair, mugs, special events, stamped

We’re just 20 minutes away from the kick-off of
MUD & METAL : The Second Holiday Home Show!

And to celebrate today… anyone who takes a screen shot of this post
and presents it to me TODAY 12/15/18 at the Holiday Home Show
will get a FREE mug when the buy another one! BOGO limit one.

Special thanks to my friend Donnalee who shared this picture
of her own new mug in Alabama!!! Enjoy!!!

Categories: art fair, pottery, special events

Two days of fun & holiday shopping! Stop by my place this weekend to play with me and Amy Taylor… whether you’re shopping or just hangin’ out on my sofa?!!! We have wonderful gift ideas in every room of my condo, food & drink, and the ever-popular Tired Of Shlepping Sale replenished on my back porch! It’s my last holiday show of the year! Giddy-up!!!

Categories: art fair, mugs, special events

STARTING TOMORROW AT 7:00PM Central time!!!
ONLY ON MY FIRE WHEN READY POTTERY FACEBOOK PAGE!!!

MY ANNUAL ST. NICK’S ONLINE MUG SALE

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!

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Mug #11

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Mug #15

Mug #16

Mug #17

Mug #18

Mug #19

Mug #20

 

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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: creativity, special events

In honor of tonight’s fashion show, here’s a quick flashback to last year when I was in New York and happened to stumble upon a beautiful retrospective gallery show of some of the Victoria’s Secret “Angel” Costumes at their New York flagship store. It was a fascinating show with actual costumes, photos and artist design boards. Loved the over-the-top designs, materials & attention-to-detail.

Lots of feathers… and LOTS of mirrors!
Like these in the stairways of the Victoria’s Secret flagship store in New York City.

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Categories: special events

A fun night of BINGO!!! I got so close twice… just one more number each time and I would have won big money! Twice… just one more number!!! Shoot. So close.

 

Categories: art fair, pottery, special events

Just putting the final touches on my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW
err, well who are we fooling???
… I’m scrambling frantically still putting everything together. Setting up displays, placing pots, hanging ornaments, hanging wall pieces, and putting out even more pottery in EVERY room!!! Still LOTS to do… but I’m looking forward to an amazing weekend to kick-off the holiday shopping season! C’mon by!!!

FIRE WHEN READY POTTERY : HOLIDAY HOME SHOW
1353 West Rosemont #3, Chicago, Illinois 60660