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

As part of the last pottery class, I like to challenge my students to a pottery exchange. So this session everyone had to bring in a mug they had made in class. We then did a fun trading-stealing White Elephant sort of game… and everyone left with another person’s mug. I came home with a twosome of tumblers by Megan… complete with some crocheted little cozies!!!

Good luck Megan as you move on to Colorado…
and continue your pottery adventure in the Rockies!

Categories: classes, food

Not only did we have plenty of food & ice cream at tonight’s potluck… but then Katie brought in possibly THE BEST DESSERT EVER!!! Like we didn’t have enough sugar already?! So check these out… seven of my favorite words all strung together into one huge layered & yummy morsel…


Let me quickly explain the layers… Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Hershey Bars. Peanut Butter. Marshmallow Fluff. Crumbled Graham Crackers. More Cookie Dough… and bake. What’s not to like?!!! AMAZING!!! Thanks again Katie for inducing our collective sugar comas!!!

Categories: classes, food

Tonight was the last night of our Spring session of pottery classes. My class celebrated with a fun Mug Exchange, tons of food and an ice cream social complete with my homemade hot fudge sauce! They all used their newly traded mugs for their sundaes… and we also got a “sweet” visit from Susan in the Metals Department.

Categories: bike, sunrise

Before the clouds, wind & rain moved in… it was another beautiful sunrise morning.

Categories: art fair, friends

Thanks to everyone who came out to Schaumburg this weekend for the Prairie Arts Festival. The weather turned out so much better than expected. It was beautiful… and such a beautiful venue. Nice trees and a pond with swans!


And I had a wonderful unexpected surprise visit from my Wisconsin biking friend Sue! Such a great weekend!!!

Categories: bike, sunrise

A beautiful start to a fun Memorial Day holiday.
Looks like it’s going to be another beautiful day!!!


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

Spring is the perfect time for s new berry bowl. We’ve got a few sweet ones left here at the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival. It’s a beautiful day for pottery… and a stroll in the park

Categories: art fair

Just five more minutes until we “officially” open for Day Two of the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival… and we already have customers!!! C’mon over… we’re here until 5:00pm.

Categories: art fair

Huge thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival. It was a great way to kick-off my art fair season. Don’t forget that the fun continues today from 10:00am-5:00pm. Lots of great pottery and a beautiful day to come play in the park! Booth #51 conveniently on the corner by the parking lot. See you later!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Another beautiful sunrise & another beautiful start to the day. Sweet sunrise and a sweet ride home on Lake Shore Drive when I had the fleeting chance to “bike the Drive.” A fun morning before heading back to Schaumburg for Day Two of the Prairie Arts Festival.

And a quick glimpse of a very-closed Lake Shore Drive… smooth sailing all the way home!