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

When I got home from the studio at sunset… it turned out to be a perfect evening for a neighborhood stroll with a friend. Even better when that stroll takes you to Lickety Split for a little chocolate-yummy sumthin’-sumthin’… which we’ll just call DINNER!!!

Tempted by the vintage candy…
but resisted, and then made my ice cream a LARGE!!!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like Kristy has been in the kitchen making a healthy & tasty treat of peaches & strawberries topped with basil & balsamic vinegar. Looking good in two of my stamped bowls… but I of course would want some vanilla ice cream to go under all of that healthy stuff!!!

Thanks for the photo Kristy!!!

Categories: cirque du soleil, food, friends

Sadly, we had tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s new “ALEGRIA” under Le Grand Chapiteau here in Chicago for last night… we’ve had tickets since last Christmas as they were the perfect gift!!!

They were doing a re-boot of “ALEGRIA” – the very first Cirque du Soleil show I saw here in Chicago. I remember going and being completely mesmerized as soon it started and the singer sang the first notes. My jaw dropped, I was completely enamored and have been the biggest fan ever since! So we were all so excited to see that they were doing a re-imagined version of ALEGRIA … and bringing it to Chicago!!!

Unfortunately, Cirque du Soleil had to cancel the entire tour due to the pandemic. So the 25th Anniversary re-boot of my very first Cirque show will just have to wait. Instead, we watched the original “ALEGRIA” production on YouTube and ate lots of pizza!

Not quite the same as a live show under the Big Top… but we do what we gotta do, right?! Melty cheese & creamy garlic sauce sure helped too!!!

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Okay, so now I”m hungry again… looks like Matt has been making some garlic scape pesto again… this time over pasta in one of my bowls with a stamped rim!

Categories: bowls, food

Blending up a batch of garlic scape pesto for lunch… which smells AMAZING!!! I didn’t know this was a thing. But thanks to Matt who suggested I try making some. And for those who still don’t know… a garlic scape is the squiggle-curly-stemmy portion of the garlic plant that usually gets thrown away. Who knew?!... just blend it with some olive oil & parmesan cheese… I got a bit crazy and added a little bit of spinach to make it even greener! Can’t wait to dig in… and then to smell like garlic for the rest of the day!

Categories: bowls, food, sgraffito

Looks like Kelly is enjoying her birthday with a yummy piece of pecan pie… in one of my sgraffito-carved bowls that she bought as a birthday present to herself.

Categories: bowls, food, friends

Looks like Kristy has been cooking up a bowl full of yumminess up in Wisconsin! I can almost taste it from here… thanks for sharing!

Categories: food, lillstreet

So we just got done with a ZOOM Meeting with several of the ceramics teachers at Lillstreet Art Center. Talking about the new changes, the new procedures, the new “normal” and how we’re all working together to make the Summer Session of classes come together safely as Lillstreet prepares to open to the public in early July. It was very informative, and great to see everyone again… even if only on my laptop for now!

But what did I learn from ZOOM?… that apparently it’s a LOT easier for everyone to share their cat at the end than it was for me to share my OREO’s?!!!

Categories: food, friends, pottery

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a roadtrip… so I decided to head south for a pottery delivery from my last online Facebook sale! Sure, I could have shipped it… but if I did that I wouldn’t get MORE FUDGE!!! My friends Keith & Julie opened MAURIE’S CANDY in Eureka, Illinois so I thought it would be fun to surprise them with their new pottery! Surprise on me… they weren’t there!!!

But two of their employees Rob & Tracy were eager to accept the package, and sell me some more FUDGE!!! We had a great visit… but as I was leaving I thought I overheard them say something about “splitting it”??? Not sure what that means?!!!

Categories: bowls, food, stamped

Beautiful cherries draining off in their new berry bowl! Love the color contrast… as well as Nature’s organic shapes contrasting with the repetitive stamped texture! Thanks as always for sending me your “pottery-in-use” photos!!!