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

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and the merriest of Christmases today!
I hope you find yourself surrounded by family, friends
and tons of presents & Christmas yummies!!!

Categories: animals, artists, holiday

Here’s a quick peek of the Christmas gift I bought myself a couple weeks back.
I’ve been following Matt Wilson of Airtight Artwork on Instagram for awhile now.
Completely enamored by his ability to create precise bird sculptures out of everyday silverware!!!
Each bird has it’s own personality & attitude. And when his last “flock” was released on Etsy,
I just had to go for it… Merry Christmas to ME!!!

Categories: holiday

Well, it looks like my advent calendar is finally FULL of ornaments… all done…
guess that means it’s CHRISTMAS!!!

Categories: family, holiday, special events, Taylor

We had a wonderful day Saturday at Six Flags Great America for their first-ever
“Holiday In The Park.”

Sure, it might have been a bit chilly when flying on the high-speed roller coasters, but great with enough layers & freshly-toasted s’mores!!! It was remarkably empty during the daytime hours so there were no lines for any rides! Plus a beautiful sunset. It wasn’t until the sun went down and the place lit up with crazy cool Christmas lights everywhere – many LED displays synchronized to the music!!! Such a great way to kick-off the holiday weekend!!!


Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

So I finally got to ride over the newly-opened Navy Pier Fly-Over this morning! It’s a little steeper than I expected, with a goofy sharp turn at the still-unfinished south end just past Grand Avenue. I was emboldened by the ease of the Fly-Over… so I continued a lot further south than normal this morning.

Maybe a bad idea as my fingers & toes were FREEZING when I got home!!!
Still a bit stiff & tingling… but getting better as I type!

Categories: bike, sunrise, weather

FREEZING COLD!!!… and yet another strikingly beautiful morning! Another wonderful gift from Mother Nature. It wasn’t until I got home “freezing cold” that I realized the temperature was actually well-below the freezing point!!! Not enough layers for that!!!

Categories: creativity, murals

It was a welcome surprise to find Minnie greeting me this morning
as I stopped along the lake to admire the icicles.
Looks like she’s been hanging out there for awhile?!!!

Categories: sunrise, weather

Frozen icicles refracting the sunlight streaming through.
A beautiful sunrise moment.

Categories: sunrise, weather

Beautiful biking along the Lake with some AMAZING icicles along the water’s edge. I love how so many of the icicles are hanging like fringe on angles from being frozen during chilling winds off the Lake.



Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Another beautiful morning along the Lakefront…
albeit a bit cloudy & chilly. Downright frozen in some spots.
Luckily the streets and bike trail were all dry & clear… safe pedaling!!!