Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
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.

Categories: flowers, sunrise

Sure, the sunrise was beautiful… but it was a fun bonus
to find these perky sunflowers blooming along Montrose Harbor.


Categories: art fair, flowers

It was a beautiful day yesterday at the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. Incredible weather, great breeze, a LOT of fun customers and a fantastic “backyard” booth view of the lake!!! Looking forward to another fun day in Dawes Park again today. Booth #32 from 11:00am-6:00pm.






Categories: flowers, garden

Garden glamour. She’s awfully stunning in red.


Categories: flowers, garden, nature

My favorite variegated hosta beginning to bloom in my backyard.

Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Started a little gloomy, but turned out to be a beautiful day
with some more beautiful flowers in the garden!