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

Another chilly morning. Another cloudy sunrise. Another adventure headed north finding new beaches. Still the best way to start the morning!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Another gloomy start… with just the tiniest of little slivers of color way down south! Too bad the lakefront bike tail is closed, or maybe I would have pedaled in that direction to see a bit more of the color. But up north?… gloomy & gray!

Categories: bike, sunrise

Sure, they may close down the Lakefront Trail which is my usual sunrise bike route. But that doesn’t mean I can be creative and find other safe options & other sunrise routes! Windy, gusty & a little bit drizzly… but worth every moment.

Categories: bike, sunrise

Another solitary bike ride along the lakefront. Started with some beautiful colors, but eventually the clouds won-out and it looks like we’re going to be gray for the rest of the day! And sadly, there were a few more “danger signs” along the way… some of which I paid attention to, some not so much!

Sadly, as I was coming home from my ride… at the northern-most entrance to the lakefront trail at Ardmore… the police were there blocking the path with a large wood-slat winter fencing?! Uh oh… I’m guessing that after yesterday when the weather was gorgeous and the lakefront was flooded with far too many people… and far too many of then NOT social distancing… I’m guessing the lakefront is now CLOSED! So now I fear that we might all be punished by a few idiots that ruined it for the rest of us! I hope the lakefront is not closed for the foreseeable future. I think I need my bike & my sunrises for my own sanity!

Categories: bike, sunrise

It’s supposed to be a beautiful day today… and it’s off to a great start. A little bit foggy & frosty this morning as I head out for my sunrise bike ride. If you look closely, there’s a lighthouse or two in there somewhere… and a downtown skyline in there too… and a lot of sunrise beauty to start my day!

Categories: bike, mosaic

By now you all know how much I love a good sunrise! But when you add that in the reflection of a beautiful bricolage mosaic “sunrise” along the lakefront… even better!!! These mosaics are on one of the beach house at Kathy Osterman Beach on the far northside of Chicago’s lakefront… right at the northern end of Lake Shore Drive!

Categories: bike, sunrise

A little chillier than I expected, but still the best way to start the day. And at this time of the morning, on a breezy frozen lakefront… there was no worry of social distancing. I kinda had the whole place to myself!!!

Categories: bike, sunrise

So nice to get out for another beautiful sunrise… without all of the thick winter layers! Still several layers… don’t get me wrong… they’re just thinner now. Windbreaker instead of quilted. Still the best way to start my day!

Categories: bike, Chicago

Okay, so maybe the signs are there for a reason?!… still biking, but seeing a LOT of winter damage to the bike & running paths along the lakefront.

It seems to happen every winter, but this time it seems worse than usual. Some areas are washed out completely… like this “river “ of water where there’s supposed to be a cement running path?!

Categories: bike, Chicago

It was great to get out on my bike this afternoon… after a productive studio morning. It’s gonna take a lot more than a sign and a barricade to stop me and my bike!!!