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

Tonight in my Beginning Wheel pottery class, I’m bringing another bag of OREO’s… this time imported from Columbia!!! A former student was traveling there and found these yummies… and “smuggled” them back for us!

Muchas gracias mi amiga Patti.

I’m intrigued by the smaller packages of four cookies inside the larger package…
perhaps Columbia’s way of limiting serving size???

Just means I need to open a few more small packages, right?!

Categories: Uncategorized

And now that my reclaim bucket was empty & clean, I decided to smash-up some dried porcelain scraps that I brought back from a potter friend in Minneapolis.

Lots of bags, lots of scraps… and some larger pieces than I would have expected?!
Just gotta break ‘em down a little harder!!!

Categories: clay, process, studio

After weeks of slaking down, my stoneware scraps reclaim bucket was finally ready
to turn out onto my large plaster bat. You know how much I love FREE CLAY!!!
Can’t wait for this pile to set-up a bit, and then let the wedging begin!!!

Categories: creativity, rusty

Oh, the things you find at the Flea Market…
cool things, vintage things, dusty things and all the things nightmares are made of!!! Too much fun yesterday at the Third Sunday Flea Market in Bloomington, Illinois.

Categories: art fair, mugs, soda-fired, stamped

Another mug from my last soda kiln for Mugshot Monday…
headed to Schaumburg this weekend for the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival
on Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: flowers, friends, nature, photography

Spent the weekend down in Bartonville (near Peoria) visiting some good friends & playing in their amazing garden with my Cousin Kim! It’s just enough warmer down there that they are easily a few weeks ahead of us. So many Spring flowers already blooming in their amazing garden! Full of colors, textures and a bunch of wonderful rust pieces!!!

Categories: sunrise

Big sky with big clouds… and a BIG view sweeping all the way down to the City’s skyline!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Lots of clouds for a very dramatic bike ride this morning.
Mostly clouds. Mostly wind. Mostly gray

Yet with a sudden splash of color… that lasted but a few minutes!

Categories: art fair

It’s been a busy week…
with labeling & stamping postcards on top of everything else.

Another batch dropped off in the mailbox… and not a moment too soon
as my next art fair is next weekend in Schaumburg!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

So cloudy this morning without much chance for a real sunrise! The wind was strong, the waves were crashing & parts of the trail were already closed!!! But it was fighting the headwind all the way home that was the real challenge!

And then I turned around to head home… and into the wind… and yes, that flag is flying SIDEWAYS!!!