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

Blue skies. Clear skies… and a couple geese! Could it get any more BEAUTIFUL?!!!


Categories: animals, bike, flowers

It was a very HOT day today… 101-degrees after nearly 101-miles through the rural farms in “the land past DeKalb”. Very hot & sweaty, with salt stains on my shorts, what felt like gallons of Gatorade and a few four-legged friends along the way. A very steamy & satisfying Century bike ride!!! Thank you to all of the Beanzie volunteers who kept us well-hydrated today!

Categories: animals, glaze, stamped

It starts as a food dish, but then becomes a chaise lounge?!
Even my friend Chris’s bearded dragon deserves a fancy handmade
stamped dish to call his own!!!

Categories: animals, nature

Exciting to see that the Purple Martins have migrated back to Chicago at Montrose Harbor!
A sure sign of Spring as these special avian condos put up their “occupied” signs!!!


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: animals, inspiration

While most people would use it as a spoon rest…
looks like this bearded dragon prefers it as a BED?!!!

So good to know that my pottery is so multi-functional. Ha!!!
Thanks for sharing Chrissy-Chick!

Categories: animals, summer camp

Kathryn’s adorable cat cup in the works! Ya’ gotta love Summer Camp creativity!


Categories: animals, family, Taylor

Thanks to everyone who offered up some adorable names for my niece Taylor’s new puppy. And after my “lobbying” for the obvious choice… OREO… she decided to go with one of her original three names… RILEY.

Still cute nonetheless!


Categories: animals, bike, friends

It was a wonderfully windy Century bike ride yesterday… The Udder Century…
with more than half of it straight into the wind or gusty side winds!!!
But nearing the end of our 100 miles, we ran across this farm with friendly folks
wanting to play! I’ve often said “The best part of biking is stopping.”
I’m always ready to check out a new adventure along the route!