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

My globe thistle is finally blooming… sure, maybe smaller than I had hoped for, and only TWO globe blooms. But this is my first season with them… thanks to my cousin Kimberley Sue who shared a cutting from her HUGE mother plant. So I know what to expected… in a few years!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Just a few homes down the street from my condo there is this wonderful collection of lilies blooming in the front yard. Such an AMAZING collection of lilies all blooming at the same time… so many colors, so many textures and the aroma is perfectly overwhelming! Whoever is growing these… thank you from the entire neighborhood!!!

Categories: flowers, garden, nature

Looks like my back porch purple hyacinth bean vine is filling in nicely… weaving through my curtain of rusty gears. We should be seeing flowers in the next couple weeks!!!

Categories: flowers, garden

After the quick thunderstorm that just blew through, these red lilies look even better with some raindrops lingering on the petals.

Categories: flowers, garden, studio

Studio plants still looking good. I gave my jade plant a bit of a trim a few months back… rooted the cuttings… and have now added them back into the same flower pot to make it fuller. So far so good… and the original cut stems are branching out well too!

Categories: flowers, garden

My purple shamrocks are blooming nicely on the back porch. Pretty little pink flowers bouncing in the breeze on thin stems. Such a neat color to brighten the porch!

Categories: bike, flowers, nature

About four years ago I had a flat tire during one of my sunrise bike rides. Always a challenge to change a tire while on the road… but even more so when it’s still dark out. But I did… and this morning I had a chuckle to see that the punctured inner tube I wrapped around a fence post is still there just north of North Avenue Beach at Lake Shore Drive… and now host to a little morning glory fun! Mother Nature always finds a way to win!

Categories: flowers, nature

GOOD MORNING morning glories!
These beautiful “weeds” are growing all around us…
up fences everywhere… blooming & greeting the day!

Categories: flowers
Categories: bowls, flowers, stamped

A striking sunflower from the Farmer’s Market in a large green stamped stoneware bowl. Most people would think of serving food in a large bowl… but Sally went for a beautiful floating effect in her new bowl.

Thanks for sharing your idea Sally… I LOVE IT!!!