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

And for the record…
YES there are elk in Elk Grove Village!!!

Okay, so let’s not get crazy. I grew up in Elk Grove Village so it is no surprise to me. However, they’re all “contained” in a fenced-in area of the Busse Woods Forest Preserve. It’s not like I just happened upon him in a clearing while hiking… which would have been SO much cooler & such a better story to share!!! Still very majestic and always to cool to spend time playing out in nature.


Categories: animals, nature

After playing at Morgan Farm, Chris & I got back on our bikes and pedaled our way up to the Chicago Botanic Garden, Where we were greeted by hoards of butterflies all over the place… both Painted Ladies & Monarchs! They were swarming a large sage-salvia plant, just in case you were wondering.


Categories: animals, artists

Many of us have been fans of Brett Kern and his amazing ceramic sculptures of blown-up dinosaurs… including his tell-tale gold-plated valves! So imagine my surprise & disgust when I saw his work being blatantly plagiarized at BLICK ART SUPPLY!!! A place where you would assume they support artists and their livelihoods. Show your support by NOT buying these at Blick, but instead follow him on Instagram @brettkernart.

Categories: animals, inspiration, The Ghouls Collection
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!