Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
My Holiday Home Show 2020

With all of the craziness going on in the world these days, I’m hoping to bring a bit of holiday normalcy back to the world. I have hosted my HOLIDAY HOME SHOW for several years now. So much fun having people come over to my place to see the widest selection of my pottery you’ll ever see in one place, hang out & chat for awhile, and start shopping for you holiday gifts! But with all of the covid restrictions currently in place, we’re just trying to find creative & socially-distant options to stay open, sell some pottery, and offer great gift ideas for your friends & family!

THE COVID PRECAUTIONS & RESTRICTIONS
* I will be limiting the number of people in my condo at one time.
* Chicago parameters are now no more than 10… so we’re going SEVEN!
* Masks will be required at all times.
* Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter & leave my place.
* Sanitizer spray will be used throughout the days to keep things clean.
* Sadly, no hot apple cider & cookies this year… sadly, no “sharing”!!!
* If you want, we’ll have contact-free check-out & self-wrapping available.
* If you have ANY illness or cold symptoms, please don’t share them here!

THE BASIC HOME SHOW DETAILS
1353 West Rosemont #3, Chicago, Illinois 60660
I’m located in the Edgewater neighborhood near Loyola University.
On the southeast corner of Rosemont & Glenwood… the one with the handmade ceramic green totem pole in front!

HOW TO SET-UP A HOME SHOW APPOINTMENT…
The following dates & time slots are for the Holiday Home Show. You can sign-up for whatever time is convenient for you, and if you think 30 minutes is not enough time, feel free to sign-up for two time slots back-to-back. To pick your date & time, just send me a quick e-mail with your top three choices in order. I will try my best to give you the time slot you’ve requested and I’ll respond back to you as soon as possible. The list of days & times below will be updated on a regular basis to show what is still available. Remember, I’m trying to limit to six shoppers and me at one time… safe at SEVEN, even though the City is saying no larger than ten!

As this is my first time having to deal with this sort of “appointments” situation, I have NO IDEA of how fast these time slots may or not fill up?! If they fill up fast, I might need to add more time slots earlier in the afternoons for some of the days. But it’s a crazy time for everyone… I just hope this works for everyone. And that we can all STAY SAFE & STAY HEALTHY through the holiday shopping season!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th
PREVIEW OPENING NIGHT… already passed!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th
Another good night… safe, distanced & marked!!!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th
Staying safe… keeping our distance while selling pottery!

HOLIDAY HOME SHOW : THE WEEKEND “OPEN” HOUSE EVENT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st – 10:00am-6:00pm
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd – 10:00am-6:00pm
And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out safely to do some holiday shopping at my place. I know it’s a tough time for everyone… so thank you all for abiding by the safety precautions and social-distancing while shopping!

ADDITIONAL HOME SHOW APPOINTMENTS…
The following are more dates & time slots are for the Holiday Home Show.
Again, limiting to SIX shoppers per time slot for safety & social-distancing. My condo is not all that big, and we NEED to keep it safe for everyone! If you would feel better “claiming” a half-hour time slot completely for yourself, that’s fine too! I get it. We’re all doing what we can.
THANK YOU in advance for understanding.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd
6:00pm-6:30pm – five spaces available – one space taken already
6:30pm-7:00pm – six spaces available
7:00pm-7:30pm – six spaces available
7:30pm-8:00pm – six spaces available
8:00pm-8:30pm – six spaces available
8:30pm-9:00pm – six spaces available
9:00pm-9:30pm – six spaces available
9:30pm-10:00pm – six spaces available

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24th
6:00pm-6:30pm – six spaces available
6:30pm-7:00pm – six spaces available
7:00pm-7:30pm – six spaces available
7:30pm-8:00pm – six spaces available
8:00pm-8:30pm – six spaces available
8:30pm-9:00pm – six spaces available
9:00pm-9:30pm – six spaces available
9:30pm-10:00pm – six spaces available

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th
6:00pm-6:30pm – six spaces available
6:30pm-7:00pm – six spaces available
7:00pm-7:30pm – six spaces available
7:30pm-8:00pm – six spaces available
8:00pm-8:30pm – six spaces available
8:30pm-9:00pm – six spaces available
9:00pm-9:30pm – six spaces available
9:30pm-10:00pm – six spaces available

THANKSGIVING DAY : THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26th

After Thanksgiving, access to my Holiday Home Show will still be available by appointment only. If you would like to stop by to do a little shopping, just send me an e-mail and I’m sure we can set-up a time convenient for both of us! – gary@firewhenreadypottery.com – Or if it looks like a little more spontaneity would work better for you… you could also send me a quick text to see if I’m around or if your “spontaneous” time slot would work – (773) 307-8664. Texts are better than phone calls… I typically don’t answer if an actual NAME doesn’t show up when the phone rings!

I will also be posting more inventory here on my website. You can always check out the selection by clicking “My Online Pottery Shop” in the top right here on my blog. The prices listed included postage & handling within the contiguous US… on a first come, first served basis. I will be adding more pottery pieces to the selection throughout the holiday shopping season. Be sure to check it out every couple days to see what is new & currently available!

And again… THANK YOU… THANK YOU… THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU for patronizing small business by shopping locally.
THANK YOU for supporting your favorite potter… who I hope is me? HA!!!
THANK YOU for understanding & respecting all of the Covid restrictions!