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

They started as a “class demo” last week on collaring & shaping.
One of my students asked if you could collar it in far enough to make a bottle. I said yes, and then made one. Kinda liked it… so I’ve made a few more in my studio. Planning to fill at least one shelf in my upcoming soda kiln with these new bottles. Still need to decide how I’m going to decorate them… I’m not sure I can get “into them” to stamp them properly?!

Categories: holiday, ornaments, production

My latest batch of holiday ornaments are now one step closer.
They’ve been stamped & trimmed… now waiting for cap, ring & some colored slip accents.

They’re all getting ready for my annual “My Home For The Holidays” Home Show.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd.
More details to come…

Categories: sunrise
Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

After yesterday’s STUNNING sunrise spectacular… this morning was not.
Sure we had clouds. Sure we had some drama. Hope you like blue…
because that’s what we got. Not quite a sunrise.

And here’s what’s left of the boardwalk that used to take you about 20-feet from the water’s edge. Now you can get extra close to the water at the “flooded beach.”

And then the sky started to lighten up, and I must admit I was still thinking there might be a chance for a cool sunrise. I was wrong. Just more clouds…

Categories: clay, production

After making a LOT of reclaim, I finally starting making some things with all of my new FREE porcelain!!! Have I mentioned lately that I love FREE clay?!!!

Categories: nature, photography, sunrise

Pretty amazing turned the “other” way too… either way you look at it…

Categories: photography, sunrise

And with the most perfect sunrise this morning…
of course we also have the most perfect panoramic shot too!!!

Categories: sunrise


Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Today may have had the MOST INCREDIBLE SUNRISE of the entire summer!
It started out with great clouds, which then splashed color across the morning sky.
So much drama. So many colors. So incredibly beautiful. A perfect Fall sunrise.

I’m sure there’s some “meterological” reason why Fall sunrises are so much more dramatic… but I’d like to think of it as a wonderfully “magic” sky show. Don’t really care how or why… I just LOVE that it happens. Making my mornings even better!!!

This morning I found myself down on Navy Pier when the sky began changing colors. It started with dark colors mixed amongst the gray clouds. A perfect backdrop for the flags & anchor at the east end of the Pier.

Then the sky started to turn shades of red, pink & orange…

And then brighter pinks…

Then onto oranges, indigos and purples…

And then the oranges brightened up, glowing low on the horizon.

Soon enough, the tumultuous rolling cloud formations seemed to be ablaze with colors.
Crazy. Amazing. Colorful. Could it be any more incredible?!

Each transition getting better than the one before.
I just couldn’t stop taking photos – as each one was better than the next.

And then, almost as quickly as the sky turned red & orange, it changed back to shades of blues & grays. Sky show over. At least for today…

Categories: mugs, production

Last night I finished up two batches of mugs. One made of soda clay, the other B-Clay.
Stamped, trimmed, handled and now accented with colored slip.
Drying for a trip to the bisque kiln.