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

Crunching up some more dry clay… reclaiming scraps to turn back into fresh clay
so I can make more pots! And it’s always more fun to make things with FREE CLAY!!!

Categories: classes, lillstreet

BAD NEWS :
My Tuesday night pottery class for next session at Lillstreet Art Center is already filled…
WHOO-HOO!!!… so if you were hoping to sign-up later, sorry!!!

GOOD NEWS:
There are still SIX spaces open for my Wednesday night Pottery Challenge class.
Think “The Great Pottery Throwdown” with challenges, races, projects and a LOT
of good-natured pottery competition for slightly more advanced potters!
Click here to register online… but be FAST… only six spaces left!
Categories: glaze, mugs

Sliding into December with our first MUGSHOT MONDAY of the month!!!
With a green cone six glazed mug!

Categories: stamped, stamps, vases, wheelthrowing

Still throwing. Still stamping.
Another vase and that one stamp that did all of the tough work!

And a detail of the freshly stamped surface… still a bit wet, and waiting for a little clean-up!

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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: music, theater

Another wonderful evening of musical theater last night at The Cadillac Palace Theatre. One of my all-time favorite shows with two of my favorite friends. Thanks for a magical night. Hard to believe that “MISS SAIGON” has been around for over twenty-five years now!!!

Sure, it might not be the most up-beat of shows…
but I’ve now seen it a couple times now and I love it more every time!
Even this revival with a few changes of lyrics & new songs.

The evening in the theater starts with this dramatic image on the the stage curtain to set the mood for the amazing show to come.

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Categories: architecture, Chicago, theater

I’m always in awe of the decorative architectural treatments whenever I visit The Cadillac Palace Theatre. Such amazing craftsmanship… even the amazing dome over the audience with just a hint of hi-tech lighting encroaching.