Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: holiday, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

Celebrating a day full of costumes & candy… and showing off one of the biggest collections of my Ghouls!!! My friend Keith & Julie recently moved to Ohio… just in time to show-off their Ghouls Collection on their new fireplace mantle! Not quite all of them… as it looks like their missing the Skull, Frankenstein, Mummy & Vampire!

Does anyone out there have MORE Ghouls in their collection?…
Send me a photo if you do!!! –

Categories: holiday, The Ghouls Collection

Another festive group of Halloween cuties… just Martin & Christi showing off their Ghouls Collection!!! So much fun to see them hanging out in people’s homes for the holiday! Thanks guys!!!

Categories: holiday, The Ghouls Collection

Another spooky trio on a chilly Fall afternoon.
Smirky smiles & whimsical ghouls! Thanks for sharing Kelly!

Categories: holiday, The Ghouls Collection

It’s getting spooky out there… as another “Ghouls Collection” is making its annual appearance out in the ‘burbs! My friend Chris has quite a collection of my Halloween Ghouls… but seems to be missing two of them! She apparently missed out on the Limited Edition twice?!

Can anyone guess which two Ghouls she’s missing?!!!

And if you’ve got a nice collection of my Ghouls, please send me a photo so I can post yours here too! Thanks…

Categories: holiday, The Ghouls Collection

Well, it’s the second day of October and the “GHOULS” are coming out in full force! My friend Nancy has a great collection started… but she is missing a few of my Limited Edition Ghouls. But if you look closely, she’s also “filled it in” a bit more with a new Ghoul made by her daughter Lydia!!! So cute… and so glad that she’s now part of the ever-growing Ghouls Collection!

Categories: The Ghouls Collection

It’s October 1st… and here’s the FIRST of the Pirates popping out to say hello! Looks like he’s made himself right at home in Beth’s cabinet… right next to her favorite berry bowl!

Categories: handbuilding, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So my “Ghoul” Pirates are coming along nicely… looking even more dashing in color! A few different options for bandanas… and some more details still to be painted like earrings & belt buckles. Some even have swashbuckling swords in their belts! Still on track for the “Big Reveal” of the newest addition to The Ghouls Collection this weekend at ART IN THE BARN in Barrington!

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Categories: handbuilding, process, production, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So the past couple days I’ve been swarmed by pirates everywhere!!! Working feverishly in my studio to get these little “Ghouls” done in time for ART IN THE BARN this weekend in Barrington. I finally got them all assembled. Cute in terra cotta brown… even cuter in color, but still painting!

Categories: handbuilding, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

So today is NATIONAL “TALK LIKE A PIRATE” DAY!!!aaarrgh Matey!!!

So what better day to “reveal” the doodle & the first prototype of this year’s new addition to The Ghouls Collection?! Sure, he’s cute now… but wait until he’s all painted in colors!!! They’ll be “sailing in” to “plunder” ART IN THE BARN this weekend!!!

Categories: handbuilding, terra cotta, The Ghouls Collection

The first of many “details” added to my new “Ghoul”… and many more pieces & parts added throughout a full day in the studio. A lot of scoring & slipping… but it’s always good to have a plan. I struggle each year to finalize my “Ghoul Plan”… but once I have a sketchy doodle on my work table that I like… I’m all in!