Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: family, special events, Taylor


After pedaling a hundred miles of hills this past weekend… it was great fun to take on a bunch of “different” hills Monday at Six Flags Great America!!! So much fun playing at Fright Fest with my “Cohorts In Coasters”… my sister Jen & niece Taylor!


Categories: family, Taylor

A wonderful day at Six Flags Great America on Thursday. A great way to “keep the holiday going”… especially as there were surprisingly short lines for every ride?!!! Some rides we rode four or five times in a row with no wait!!!

Fun as always with my sister Jen, niece Taylor and Cousin Kim who is always ready to “show her true colors” after some blue cotton candy!!!

And sure, this may just look like a circle…
but it’s actually the newest rollercoaster at Six Flags!!! THE MARDI GRAS HANGOVER.
You sit down in the car, rock back & forth a bit… and then they speed you all the way around inside the circle in both directions. But the crazy part is when they stop you upside-down at the top… and let you dangle!!! Brilliant!!!!

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: family, Taylor

Looks like there’s a new puppy in the family!
My niece Taylor adopted a new puppy this morning. A new friend for her
and their dog Shadow. Now we’re just looking for a good name… any suggestions???

Categories: family, flowers, mugs, pottery

Yesterday my cousin Kim was hunkering down for another April snowstorm…
bringing in a few early bloomers before the snow got the best of them!
Thanks for sharing Kim!!!

Categories: Chicago, family, food, Taylor, weather

Another wonderful day with beautiful blue skies
as far as the eye could see. Happy Sunny Sunday pedal on!!!

Followed later in the day with ice cream with my sister Jen and niece Taylor!
First you work it off… and then…



Categories: family, friends, pottery, studio, wheelthrowing

So much fun last night with the Krenz clan playing with the clay & getting all muddy at the studio last night. As always, some were better than others… but all of them had a great time!

Suddenly not as easy as it looks…

“Maybe if I watch him doing it… it might make more sense?”

Uh… Kel’s bowl is flopping… save it… save it…

But it looks “someone” found the Mystery OREO’s a bit more enticing than throwing on the wheel.




Categories: family, friends, holiday

Here’s to hoping that you’re headed towards a wonderful holiday
filled with family & friends. Be nice, give gifts, be gracious and have FUN!

Categories: family, ornaments, photography, Taylor

Seven Days & Seven Photos in black & white of your everyday life.
No explanation, no people. Challenge a friend to join everyday.

Day 7 of 7. I was challenged by my friends Barb Duro & Pam Walden.
Today I challenge Scott Hayner on Facebook… and Taylor Hayner on Instagram!

Categories: family, food, Mom & Dad

A little congratulatory “whew-another-show-down” frozen custard treat with my Mom & Dad at one of my favorites tonight…. LICKETY SPLIT. This time it was pumpkin flavored frozen custard blended with an actual piece of pumpkin pie!!! Yes, please… again!!!