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

Late afternoon sun shining on the Lillsteet Bricolage Mandala…
and I think I see “something” familiar?… hey, that’s my vase!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, photography, sunrise

And if that first panorama shot was “pretty”…
a couple minutes later it was STUNNING!!! Big sunrises need big photos!!!

Enjoy... I know I sure did.

Categories: Chicago, photography, sunrise

Big sky shows sometimes require a panoramic shot…
showing the clouds moving in and blowing across the horizon!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Another beautiful morning ride along the lakefront… enjoying the warm weather once again, the beautiful clouds moving in, the splash of sunrise colors… and the crazy headwinds!!! Okay, three out of four ain’t bad.

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Categories: food, holiday

After my bike ride, I packed it up and headed out to the suburbs for Easter with the family…
a bit “untraditional” with fresh handmade guacamole & fajita dinner at a Mexican restaurant…

Followed by a wonderful Easter Egg cake handmade by my niece Taylor!
With an extra special surprise peanut-buttercream frosting inside!
Good thing I pedaled “a few” miles before feasting all day!

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Categories: bike, flowers, friends, holiday, nature

What a wonderful way to kick-off my Easter than with an AMAZING bike ride
with my best pedaling partner Chrissy-Chick!!!

We had a beautiful morning ride through the woods on the North Branch & Green Bay Trails, around the Skokie lagoons, into the Chicago Botanic Garden and more!!! Incredible weather, great riding and over thirty deer sightings along the way!!! So much fun… maybe the best Easter ever?!!! And to think a week ago we had a huge snowstorm!!! Spring in Chicago!!!

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Categories: bowls, classes, process, production

Lots of class demo bowls require LOTS of trimming. Luckily I love trimming… so it was kind of enjoyable to finish off this latest batch of eighteen class demo bowls. Now trimmed with a clean footring and drying… many of them upside-down as I think that might help avoid warping?! No real “proof”… but why not go with it anyway???

Categories: classes, lillstreet, sgraffito, vases

Two more “treasures” from our LILLSTREET THROWDOWN challenges class.
This time it’s Patti & Jon… with Patti’s ring tulipiere, and Jon’s “Rocky Raccoon” tray
from the Beatles S&P challenge! Both amazing!

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Categories: lillstreet, vases

Another beautiful challenge piece out of the kiln!
Tatiana’s tulipiere from our LILLSTREET THROWDOWN class came out fantastic…
with some crazy-cool glaze going on there!!! Now it just needs some flowers – STAT!!!

Categories: bowls, stamped, studio

A little more “fun” in the studio making my set of class demo bowls a “little less basic.”
You had to know I couldn’t just leave them alone, right?! After all… MORE IS MORE!!!