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

So THIS just happened… I just finished Season One!
Don’t get too excited, it’s my fifth time watching the entire series.
We’re off to a good start… I had kinda forgotten about some of the early characters. And I love seeing all of the “clues & easter eggs” hidden in the beginning that will make more sense later!

I still maintain that “LOST” is the BEST TELEVISION SHOW EVER!!!
I loved watching & piecing it all together. I loved all of the theories. I was even good with the ending. With Sawyer, Juliette & Desmond being my favorite characters!

Go ahead… discuss… 4-8-15-16-23-42…

Categories: creativity, food, music, television, YouTube

So this happened in the studio tonight…
a little bit of CHROMATICA with Lady Gaga OREO’s!!!

Kinda fun… but a little weird if I must say. They’re not a strange flavor, just strange colors… kind of flamingo-pink cookies with an oddly kelly green creme filling??? Pretty much the basic golden-vanilla flavor, yet a bit “thicker & crunchier” than normal OREOs??? I think I expected a little more from these “Little Monsters”!!!

But they did remind me of another great Carpool Karaoke with James Corden & Lady Gaga! Watch the YouTube video for a little Friday Night Dance Party… while driving in a van?!

Click here for the YouTube video!

Categories: classes, pottery, television

First with the good… THE GREAT POTTERY THROWDOWN is starting up again with season four this evening. Looks like Keith Brymer Jones is back for more crying, and the kiln loading guy has been promoted to Judge!!!

The bad news?… not sure how we’re going to get to see it here in the US yet. My cable doesn’t go all the way to the UK for Channel 4.

And more BAD NEWS…
I found out yesterday that my own GREAT LILLSTREET THROWDOWN class (also season four) has been cancelled for this Winter session due to lack of enrollment. I’m not surprised, as we’re still so “covid-limited” with very little open studio time… and this class has a “history” of big projects, lots of studio time and a “smidge” of homework. Or maybe they’re all just scared that the projects keep getting more creative & intense?!!! Either way, I’m sure we’ll re-visit this class at Lillstreet in the future when things clear up a bit and we have more access to Open Studio time!

Categories: television

While yesterday was a historic day towards getting America out of jeopardy, today is a sad day for those of us who loved JEOPARDY. After a very open battle with stage four pancreatic cancer, TV host Alex Trebek passed away today.

I have long appreciated having him at the helm of the best game show ever… and I remember as a child watching and not quite understanding the premise. What do you mean, you give me the answer and I give you the question??? A sad day for game shows. A sad day for television. He left us an amazing legacy, a world record and over three decades of great memories.

Thank you Alex.

Categories: clay, handbuilding, television

Okay, so YES… I do watch far too much Reality TV!!!

But, is anyone else watching “ALONE” on the History Channel? It’s kind of like a real-life “Survivor” where ten contestants need to survive the arctic wilderness for a hundred days… hunting, gathering, building a shelter & self-filming the whole time. On last week’s episode, one of them dug up some clay and was making her own pinch pot dinnerware!!! Very cool… very resourceful. I would have of course pressed twig & leaf impressions into them too!!! Cuz’ more is more!!!

Categories: process, production, studio, television

Still under wraps… procrastinating as usual these days… but gotta focus and get these moving along! Using some photo references to formulate my plan. This project is gonna be “for the birds.”

And no… this is NOT an episode of “Portlandia.”

Categories: television

With all of the craziness going on in the world today, this might take your mind off it for a minute or two?! FUN FACT : Exactly twenty years ago today, SURVIVOR began airing on TV. Forty seasons later, and they’re still going strong!

But here’s the POP QUIZ…
How many of these original castaways can you still name?!!!

Categories: stamps, television, workshop, YouTube

Getting ready to teach my first online workshop for Lillstreet Art Center… CLAY STAMP MAKING! Okay, so I may be showing my age here… but I just can’t get THIS out of my head! And you can thank me now… for I’m sure it will be stuck in your head now too for your next ZOOM Meeting online!

And… you’re welcome!!!

Categories: television

Yes… I follow Jeff Probst on Instagram.
As well as Survivor… and yes, my favorite Parvati too!!!

Yes, I’m a dork… already established.
But as we head into tonight’s big two-hour finale of SURVIVOR WINNERS AT WAR… followed by the one-hour LIVE REUNION… we all know they’ve got to do something different to be socially-distanced for the Reunion. It looks like it will be a virtual ZOOM kinda situation.

And I know this ONLY because Jeff Probst posted about it on his Instagram page. He shared pictures of how they changed his garage into his “backdrop” for the Reunion!!! Too funny!!!…. and supposedly, it was just him and his 16 year old son building it all & setting up cameras based on the instructions that were in the crates!

After watching the three-hour show… I’m not sure it was worth all of THAT!!! I think we maybe saw Jeff in front of that backdrop for a total of like five minutes tops?!!!

Categories: television, YouTube

THE FUNNIEST BLOOPER SCENE EVER…
from the funniest comedy ever!!! There, I said it.

I’m a huge “SEINFELD” fan… and we will forever miss Jerry Stiller…
there will never be another Frank Costanza!!! RIP.