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

I always love when this little guy pops-up in my front garden!
A fun Jack-In-The-Pulpit flower blooming on a graceful stem.

Categories: art fair, flowers, garden, pottery

For anyone who might be in the Central Illinois area this weekend… a quick POP-UP SALE near Peoria! I will bringing some pottery down to share with my “first art fair friends ever” as they host their Annual Plant Sale! Their gardens are AMAZING… and they have been splitting, dividing, propagating & germinating just to have LOTS of plants to sell. Lots of homegrown perennials, annuals, succulents, garden accents… and some of my POTTERY too!!! If you’re in the area, be sure to swing by!!!

2314 Skyway Road, Bartonville, Illinois 61607… 9:00am-4:00pm…
right by the Peoria International Airport!

Categories: flowers, nature

With the Minnesota weather being a little colder than Chicago’s… it was fun to see their crabapple trees just starting to bloom as ours are already starting to peter-out. These two flowering trees were at Guillermo’s stop along the Minnesota Pottery Tour.

Categories: flowers, pottery, vases

It was a beautiful weekend full of BEAUTIFUL pottery up at the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. And it didn’t hurt any to have beautiful flowers gracing many of the handmade vases! Always one of my favorite pottery events of the year… with 73 potters all showing off their ceramic masterpieces at eight different studio locations. Several of my favorite potters are up there… so it’s always fun to see them too! Great fun traveling, shopping & chatting with potters making it all a wonderful community to be part of. Although it would be even more fun to be “part of the Tour” as a Guest Potter showing my work… and not just shopping the Tour!

For more information about the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour,
click here…

Categories: Chicago, flowers

So good to see that some of the THOUSANDS of tulips
along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue are still blooming nicely!

Categories: flower pots, flowers

Not to be out-done… my pink Easter Cactus is doing pretty good too showing off its pretty pink colors!

Categories: flower pots, flowers, soda-fired, stamped

Looks like my Easter Cactus is happy… albeit a little late for Easter?! Beautiful pom-pon-like blooms on a cactus plant that seems very happy in its handmade stamped & soda-fired flower pot!

Categories: flowers, nature

A colorful contrast of colors & textures. With shiny green leaves on crusty wooden vines… and colorful crabapple flowers in stark contrast to the beautiful blue skies!

Categories: flowers

A colorful splash of Spring colors along the bike trail. I always love when the crabapple trees are in full bloom… and then later when the petals fall off and flutter to the ground like colorful snow!

Categories: flowers

They’re still hanging on… more magnolias… but mostly in “protected” areas where the wind hasn’t been able to blow the petals off yet! Sadly, these delicate blooms don’t have much longer…