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

I’ve always said that “the best part of biking, is stopping.”
Especially when the end of the ride is across the street from Superdawg…
which was extra tasty after our wonderful day of riding!!!

Categories: food

A quick treat after the end of this week’s Summer Camp. A trio of amazing ice cream flavors from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Old Town… Blackout Chocolate Cake, Goat Cheese & Red Cherries, and the new Atlantic Beach Pie! Great camp, great ending!

Categories: classes, food, lillstreet

Last night we kicked-off the Lillstreet Summer session of pottery classes with my Tuesday night Beginning & Advanced Beginning Wheelthrowing class. Once again I have a great group… can’t wait to see where the next ten weeks takes us… and of course we had to kick it off with some yummy chocolate goodness!

Good thing I pedaled BEFORE class…


Categories: Chicago, food

Picture perfect skies… with plenty of hot pastrami piled high on the side!

Categories: food

Sure doesn’t hurt any when your afternoon ends with a trio of ice cream flavors from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams! I went with Texas Sheet Cake, Buttermilk Biscuits & Sweet Peach Jam and for my third Salted Peanut Butter with Strawberry Jelly. Each one better than the next!!!

Categories: classes, food

Last night in my pottery class, we celebrated our last class with a potluck… this time with a THEME!!! They decided since we made chip & dip bowls at one point, we should do an ALL DIPS potluck… with a twist. The challenge was that your dip had to start with the first letter of your first name. So I went with a “Gooey Ghiradelli & Grahams” combo!!!

Categories: classes, food

Tonight in my Beginning Wheel pottery class, I’m bringing another bag of OREO’s… this time imported from Columbia!!! A former student was traveling there and found these yummies… and “smuggled” them back for us!

Muchas gracias mi amiga Patti.

I’m intrigued by the smaller packages of four cookies inside the larger package…
perhaps Columbia’s way of limiting serving size???

Just means I need to open a few more small packages, right?!

Categories: food, nature

Just a month ago… hey, but who’s counting?…
After a fun weekend of NCECA, gallery hopping with Sarah, fun on the farm and hanging with friends, it was finally time to head home. Luckily, it was a beautiful Sunday morning. The sky was blue, plenty of sun, some remnants of snow… and a LOT of songs to sing on my way home!

Okay, so maybe I got “distracted” along the way…
I had mentioned that I’m a BIG FAN of the Norske Nook for pie! And Delores said that she thinks that Main Street Cafe in Bloomer, Wisconsin is just as good or better. And who am I not to check it out???

Back on the road… back to nature’s beauty…. back to my own carpool karaoke!!!

But then again… distracted… you know it’s my favorite!!!
Sure, Delores said Main Street Cafe was just as good or better… and who am I NOT to try a side-by-side taste-test comparison??? So I just “had to” stop to pick-up yet another pie!!! Purely for research purposes.

Back on the road… and eager to get home.
If nothing else, just to find a fork and to let the “research” begin!!!

A beautiful end to a beautiful weekend. Another NCECA Weekend come and gone…



Categories: food, friends

After a full day of touring the ceramic galleries & shows of NCECA…
and maybe a bit too much shopping along the way…
Sarah and I got home to indulge a bit… with some of each. She knows me so well.


Categories: food

We had had a great breakfast… but then jammed in TONS of pottery shows & galleries… and you know how that builds an appetite, right?! So when Sarah and I got a little “peckish”, we decided to stop for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis! We came here last year for an amazing breakfast… but decided to try it again for an amazing lunch! And the Hi-Lo Diner certainly stepped it up and succeeded… maybe it was the especially chocolatey chocolate shake made perfect to my extra-chocolatey request!!!