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

Not a bad way to kick-off your morning! Another ribbon for the collection…
and a nice acknowledgement to start Day Two of the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival.
We’re here until 5:00pm today – swing by and say “Hi”!!!

Categories: art fair, sculpture

Robert Frost bronze statue in the center of Burlington Park…
looking a bit from the morning rain.

But it has stopped raining for now as we prepare for Day Two
of the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival.




Categories: art fair

By lunch time the clouds had moved out and we had a beautiful afternoon in Burlington Park. Hoping for more of the same tomorrow… so be sure to stop by and say “Hi” in Booth #102. It’s the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival… rain or shine! … fingers crossed for shine!!!

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

Okay, so Day One of the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival was a bit on the soggy side. Rain all morning to dampen everyone’s spirits. Luckily, pottery only looks better when it’s wet, right?! And when the clouds moved out, the afternoon was much better!

Categories: art fair

Gotta love a good Friday art fair set-up. White tent & shelving done…
for tomorrow I fill them with pots!!!!

Remember this weekend is the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival in Burlington Park
in downtown Hinsdale. 10:00am to 5:00pm both Saturday & Sunday.
Booth #102 right under the shade trees!!!

Categories: bike, sunrise

A little bit cloudy. A little bit hazy. Yet still enough to create some beautiful sunrise colors. I really enjoy when you can see the sun come up… and see the ENTIRE sun perimeter because it’s shrouded a bit by clouds. Pretty cool.

And blah…



Categories: architecture

So then THIS is happening today!!!
All new windows in our condo building. A lot of pounding, chipping and vacuuming.

Old wood. Old windows. Lots of debris to clean before the new windows go in.

I’m going to miss the vintage charm of my old wood windows…
but LOVE the convenience, improvements & thermal-ness of the new ones!!!

Out with the old and in with the new!




Categories: classes, flowers

Last night we had a “Plate & Platter” Exchange Game to celebrate the last class of the session. Many of my students struggled with getting their plates trimmed, dried, fired, glazed & fired again in time for the game. So we “freely expanded” the definition to “handmade ceramic vessels.” And I came home with this adorable little Josh Blue planter from Teresa…. all ready with a jade plant good to go!!!


Categories: classes, glaze, platters, stamped

Last night was the last class of the Spring session of my Beginner’s Wheelthrowing class. Every session I challenge them to make a piece to trade & exchange at the final class. This session the “theme” was plates & platters. This Josh Blue & sprayed temoku plate was my entry into the Exchange Game… which one of my students gladly went home with!!!