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

A beautiful morning ride with a slight chill in the air. But the sky is clear and sun’s gonna warm it up quick today… I hope. Might need to get out for another ride this afternoon after some quality studio time?!

And her she is… the Big Debut of the NEW BIKE.
Still considering if she needs a name or not… any ideas??
The top two contenders so far are… “Scarlet Don’t-Care-A”… or “The Crimson Ride.”




Categories: architecture, Chicago, flowers

Let’s just quietly file these under the category of “Tax Procrastination”
and call it a day… and a BEAUTIFUL one at that!!!
… and now back to my taxes after a nice afternoon run.



Categories: Chicago, classes

Celebrating the big home opener of the Chicago Cubs…
with thematic snacks for my pottery class tonight!

Categories: Chicago, photography

Framed with clouds. Framed with branches.

Categories: Chicago, photography, sunrise

Beautiful sunrise colors sweeping the sky this morning…
with colorful clouds all the way to the Chicago skyline.

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

What a difference a day makes… with calmer waters, fewer clouds and colorful skies.

Categories: Chicago, holiday

Chicago now has a holiday dedicated to its iconic four-starred flag.
The date was chosen because April 4, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary
of the City Council accepting the 1917 design by journalist, author and poet Wallace Rice
as Chicago’s official flag.

Wallace designed the Chicago flag with a white base divided into thirds symbolizing the North, West and South sides of town. The two dividing blue bars represent Lake Michigan and both branches of the Chicago River. And each of the six points of the four stars has its own significance.

Originally, Chicago’s flag only had two stars. The additional two stars — one each for Chicago’s world’s fairs — were an afterthought.

And what does it all mean?… well, according to Wikipedia…

The Stripes
The three white background areas of the flag represent, from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the river and the “Great Canal”, over the Chicago Portage.The lighter blue on the flag is variously called sky blue or pale blue;in a 1917 article of a speech by Rice, it was called “the color of water”.

The Stars
There are four red six-pointed stars on the center white stripe. From left to right:
The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It was added to the flag in 1939. Its six points symbolize transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, and salubrity.

The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is original to the 1917 design of the flag. Its six points represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride.

The third star symbolizes the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is original to the 1917 design. Its six points stand for political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France, 1693; Great Britain, 1763; Virginia, 1778; the Northwest Territory, 1789; Indiana Territory, 1802; and Illinois (territory, 1809, and state, since 1818).

The fourth star represents the Century of Progress Exposition (1933–1934), and was added in 1933. Its points refer to bragging rights: the United States’ second largest city (became third largest in a 1990 census when passed by Los Angeles); Chicago’s Latin motto, Urbs in horto (“City in a garden”); Chicago’s “I Will” motto; the Great Central Marketplace; Wonder City; and Convention City.

Who knew?…
but it’s pretty cool to have an actual Chicago Flag Day, right?!


Categories: Chicago, workout

The weather was perfect this morning for the annual Shamrock Shuffle. Twenty-three thousand runners flooding the streets of Chicago for the kick-off of the race season! A really fun run through the City with lots of great sights along the way.



Categories: Chicago, color, creativity

Prisms, rainbows & refractions in Weather Exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry.


Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

A valiant effort this morning. With one large dark cloud moving in…
we squeaked in a smidgeon of a sunrise before gray took over for the day.
Very moody. Very dark. But VERY cool!!!

And while the battle for sky space was going on up North…
the Chicago Skyline was enjoying some clear skies…. with more clouds slowly moving in!