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

A wonderful purple carpet of wild scillia in the woodlands near the Waveland Golf Course. Sure, we didn’t get much of a sunrise this morning, but we got beautiful flowers! Ain’t nature great?!!!

Categories: flowers, nature, seasons

Wonderful Spring colors blooming all around.
Too bad these flowery days are so short lived.

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: flowers, garden, pottery, soda-fired, stamped

At least the shamrocks in my kitchen window are enjoying the sun today… while I’m “trapped inside” without my bike AND doing my taxes today. A double whammy!!! Maybe being without my bike will be a “good thing” when it comes to getting my taxes done???… hmmm?… but I do still have running shoes!


Categories: flowers, nature

A beautiful star magnolia to start the day…
I actually pulled the car over so I could get out to take a picture!



Categories: artists, flowers, gallery, lillstreet, vases

Last night was the Lillstreet Gallery Annex Opening Reception for a vase show featuring the ceramics faculty. So many great vases with different styles & techniques showcasing the teachers at Lillstreet Art Center.

FLOURISH : Lillstreet Ceramics Faculty Showcase
Lillstreet Gallery Annex : March 3 – April 9, 2017

Catherine Tweedie & Lisa Harris

Sharon Hartshorne

Les Orenstein & David Bromley

Sam Hostert

David Todd Trost & Nolan Baumgartner

Corinne D. Peterson & Kyle Johns

Mary Drabik & Susan Messer-McBride

Robin Power

Chris Chaney & Catherine Schwalbe

David Hartshorne

And my blue stamped vase…
next to a vase by Jason Lawfer with some VERY dramatic greenery…

Special thanks to Brian who coordinated this gallery show and furnished the flowers…
and even MORE flowers at the very last minute!!! The show looks great Brian!
Thanks for showcasing the Lillstreet ceramic instructors!!!

Okay, back to me… one more shot of my stamped & soda-fired blue vase…
finished off with some very last minute flowers from Brian – Thanks!

March 3 – April 9, 2017





Categories: flowers, holiday

It was a few weeks back, and my poinsettia started preparing for the holidays.

After a summer outside, my poinsettia from last year is right on schedule with the red leaves re-blooming for this holiday season.

Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped

From my home to another… from my house to another house-plant!!!
This stamped flower pot was snapped up during my Holiday Home Show
and quickly became the new “residence” for a beautiful blooming bromeliad.

Categories: flowers, soda-fired, stamped, vases

Sometimes a single white rose can be the perfect centerpiece in a nice ikebana vase.

Categories: flowers, nature

I love when Mother Nature is so confident that these little plants will find a home wherever they can. Sitting in any little crack in the cement… and thriving on the east end apron of Chicago’s Navy Pier.