There are just a few days before Christmas. My house is thoroughly decorated. I baked gingerbread houses. I am done purchasing and wrapping gifts. And, although I am done throwing and firing, I know many potters are still pushing to finish those last few gifts.
Pottery is a different sort of challenge to plan. In order to have pots ready for a specific time, you must account for the time to make and glaze the pots (actual hands-on time); but, you must also account for drying, firing, and cooling time. This is a big challenge for anyone who is prone to procrastination or over commitment. The best approach is to strive to have any pot that is destined to be a gift thrown a month in advance. That will allow ample time to finish (trim, add handles, etc.), dry, fire, glaze, and fire.